House Speaker Kris Steele today issued the following statement on House Bill 2388, which passed the House, 82-6:
“The bill is one of many small steps Oklahoma can take to break the grip that addiction has on far too many Oklahomans. If an applicant battles addiction, this action could serve as a wakeup call to get help, get clean and get their life turned around. It would be my preference that denied applicants are directed to substance abuse treatment if they test positive for drugs. There are several substance abuse initiatives in place statewide that can help these individuals overcome addiction.” – House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee
HB 2388, by Rep. Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City, would require applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to submit to, and pay for, a drug test. Individuals who test positive for drugs would be ineligible for benefits for one year unless they successfully complete a substance abuse program within six months.