State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township) released the following statement in response to Representatives Ron Maag and Tim Schaffer’s press conference regarding their proposed drug testing pilot program in three counties under the Ohio Works First (OWF) program:


“I believe this is an important step to protect taxpayer dollars. We want to ensure that anyone receiving taxpayer dollars is not using it to buy drugs or other illegal materials. This bill simply sets up a pilot program to test the feasibility of these drug tests. The opponents of the bill will say they think elected officials should be drug tested; I wholeheartedly agree. I would be happy to work with them on that issue.”


The program would require an assessment as part of the application process, which would determine probable causes to suspected use of drugs. Only positive assessments would result in a drug test. Children and dependents of an applicant would still be eligible to receive benefits through a protective payee, and if the applicant chooses, funds would be set aside for treatment and rehabilitation.


This legislation is expected to be formally introduced tomorrow.

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