Trump Administration considering allowing states to drug test fo

Trump Administration considering allowing states to drug test for SNAP benefits

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In a controversial move the Trump Administration is considering giving states more control over federal food assistance programs.

It is a move many Republican governors support that has been struck down in the court system in the past. Currently federal law bans states from implementing such rules on food stamp eligibility.

The primary program in question, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In January, almost four million Texans were on the program, 42,000 in Lubbock County. Most of those were in the 18 to 59 age group. According to the proposal those who do not have dependents and are eligible for work will be tested. 

Lubbock Senator Charles Perry said he supports the idea of the policy but implementing it is a different story.

"We've got to be careful that we don't create a inefficient, expensive process that already works arguably, fairly well," Perry said. "Just to say we're going to drug test people on welfare benefits, which I think is a good concept, we need to think through the whole process and at the end of the day effectively exclude the one beneficiary of that program and that's the families, the kids."

There is not an expected date for when this rule could be released. Perry said he does expect to see the issue come up during the next legislative session.

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