RICHMOND — A House committee appeared to end Republican-led efforts to require welfare recipients to submit to drug testing to receive benefits.
The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted 14-6 to send SB 6 to the House Appropriations Committee, which appears likely to table the bill. The bill was sponsored by Chesterfield County Republican Sen. Steve Martin. A similar House bill, sponsored by Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), was tabled for the year by the Appropriations Committee, which cited annual costs of more than $1 million.