Hours after a barrage of Democratic delaying tactics scuttled a drug-testing program for welfare recipients, Texas House Republicans grabbed a consolation prize Wednesday, approving a similar program for some Texans who apply for unemployment benefits.
Democrats fought both measures as unnecessary, costly and mean-spirited, but the end-of-session calendar favored them only in fighting the proposal to require welfare applicants to undergo drug screening and followup testing if there is “good cause to suspect” substance abuse.
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