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Issue Position: Drug Testing for Public Assistance is Defeated

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We defeated a particularly unnecessary and insulting Republican bill to require anyone seeking assistance under the Colorado Works program to undergo drug testing. The bill - HB1048 - would have diverted $700,000 from programs supporting the unemployed and getting them back to work into a mandatory drug testing program. Studies show that people in programs like this are actually less likely to be using illegal drugs than the general population. I objected to the assumption underlying the bill, which was that people who need public assistance are drug users. I joined my fellow Democrats on the House floor to expose the gratuitous, punitive nature of the bill. The bill was defeated by a voice vote after the debate.

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