Protocol, and/or, ..Standard Procedure.

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According to Webster: “pro·to·col,” Standard procedure.

By way of introduction, this morning’s (stimulating) offering, and/or, ..blather? ..is once again inspired by misinformation, in the form of a (forward) running rampant in cyberspace.

The subject; New (drug laws) that “mandate” drug testing for welfare recipients.

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In a four-month period last year when Florida required welfare applicants to undergo drug testing, the program yielded no savings, caught few drug users, and did not affect the number of people who applied, “The New York Times” reports.

The program was halted after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida sued the state to stop it. The group obtained state data that showed from July through October 2011, 2.6 percent of welfare applicants failed the drug test, and an additional 40 people did not take the test.

Applicants paid the cost of the test, an average of $30. If they passed, the state reimbursed them. The cost to Florida was $118,140 for drug tests, more than would have been paid out in benefits to those who failed the test, according to Derek Newton, Communications Director for the ACLU of Florida. He said the testing cost the government an additional $45,780.

(SidebarApparently, Derek Newton, Communications Director for the ACLU of Florida is not concerned about breaking the law if it saves money?

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Georgia instituted a similar law this week. It is expected to face legal challenges. A number of other states are considering similar measures, according to the newspaper.

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Florida passed a bill earlier this year that would test state workers for drugs. Florida Governor Rick Scott is delaying implementation of the law in response to legal challenges.

The bill would be the first of its kind in the country. It would allow up to 10 percent of state employees to be randomly tested every three months. The measure also would make it easier to fire a worker who had a single confirmed positive drug test. (Source, drug-free.org).

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SALTLAKECITY (AP) – Utah began a divisive policy of drug testing welfare applicants Wednesday, but its measured approach underscores how carefully states are navigating the issue amid legal challenges that have blocked proposals elsewhere.

Other states have proposed drug testing every applicant, but in Utah, only those shown through a questionnaire to have a “reasonable likelihood” that they’re using drugs will need to take a drug test. And unlike in other states, applicants in Utah who fail the drug test can continue receiving benefits while seeking treatment.

The measure offers a possible blueprint for dozens of states that have debated proposals to deny benefits to welfare applicants who test positive for drugs – an idea that has become more appealing as states look for savings in tough budget years. (Source, ksl.com).

Republican lawmakers in three states this week said they will introduce legislation that would require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits.

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The Ohio State Senate held a second hearing Thursday night on a proposal to establish pilot drug-testing programs in three counties. Under the proposal, applicants would be required to submit a drug test if they disclose that they have used illegal substances. The proposal was first introduced in the spring, but pressure from opponents led Gov. John Kasich to squash the bill in May.

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Virginia Republicans are also reviving a bill that was shelved earlier this year. The 2012 version failed after the state estimated it would cost $1.5 million to implement while only saving $229,000. The bill’s sponsor, Delegate Dickie Bell, has not introduced the updated version yet, but says he’s found more cost effective options.

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In Florida, Republicans found similar results when they enacted the drug testing requirement for welfare recipients. The plan, which was touted as a cost-saving measure, turned out to be so expensive that it ultimately cost the state an additional $45,780, even after savings from benefits that were denied to applicants who failed the tests. The measure failed to move forward in part because only 2.6% of applicants did not pass the test, a rate three times lower than the percentage of estimated of illegal drug users in Florida. The law has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge since October.

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A third drug testing bill is being in floated in Kansas where the rhetoric used to justify the policy focuses less on the potential costs, and more on the desire to help rehabilitate addicts.

Republican State Senate Vice President Jeff King, who predicts the legislation will be passed this year, said the law is not intended to be punitive, adding, “If folks test positive, we need to help them get help and help them get the job skills they need to kick the habit to get a job and keep a job.”

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The proposed Ohio legislation takes a similar approach, earmarking an additional $100,000 to go towards drug treatment programs.

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Ohio, Virginia, and Kansas are not the first states to take up the measure since Election Day. Lone Star State Gov. Rick Perry himself filed a bill in the Texas state legislature in mid-November, saying he wanted to keep Texas money out of the hands of drug dealers.

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Although it is on the books in a handful of states, a Michigan law requiring drug testing of welfare recipients was ruled unconstitutional nearly a decade ago, in a ruling that found it violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches. (Source, msnbc.com).

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There’s nothing new about talking, ..and/or, ..(explicating) about ‘our” (illegal drug) problem in America, what would be new, ..would be “to” actually do something about ‘our” (illegal drug) problem in America.

The ACLU, although I’m sure they’re (well-meaning) in their own minds. (In my opinion) ..(they), ..the “ACLU” ..would better serve the America our founding fathers intended, than to serve the depravity and corruption that keeps slipping through the cracks.

(Illegal drugs), ..by any definition, ..fall into the “no brainer,” and/or, ..self explanatory category, ..by the preface, and/or, prefix, (illegal) ..illegal drugs, ..are (illegal) in America, what is not to understand?

Our (inequitable, ..and/or, indifferent) government, ..spends Millions, ..if not “Billions” ..of taxpayer’s dollars, “our” dollars, not their dollars, ..”they” have no dollars, ..that are not “our” dollars, ..every year on law enforcement at every level, City,  State and Federal, to stop the flow of (illegal drugs) into the United   States.

Cutting to the proverbial chase, I don’t purchase illegal drugs for myself. Accordingly, ..alluding to (nothing more) ..than my God given “common sense,” ..why would I sanction a system whereby even (one tax dollar) ..is placed into the hands, ..of even (one individual) ..who purchases illegal drugs?

Drug testing welfare recipients may indeed be an expensive undertaking, ..albeit I’ll bet cha a dollar, ..to a donut, ..that drug testing welfare recipients won’t cost as much as sending our children around the world with rifles and grenades, ..to keep the profits from “foreign oil” ..flowing into the pockets of (favored) “campaign contributors” ..already richer than King Midas.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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