Governor signs Oklahoma Welfare Drug Testing Bill

May 17, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Certain Oklahoma welfare recipients could be subjected to drug tests under a bill signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.

The bill was one of a dozen measures Fallin signed late Wednesday.

The measure authorizes the Department of Human Services to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is using drugs. The proposed law applies to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, which serves more than 20,000 Oklahomans each month.

An earlier version of the bill would have required all TANF recipients to take and pay for a drug test before receiving benefits, but the measure was scaled back in the Senate.

Fallin also vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have exempted the Oklahoma Military Department from certain purchasing requirements.