An amendment strengthened support for a bill that requires drug testing of any Work First recipient suspected of being a drug user.
The bill, House Bill 392, passed the Senate Wednesday in a 43-6 vote. It would also enhance background checks to ensure federal benefit recipients aren't parole or probation violators, or have outstanding warrants. The bill now goes back to the House for concurrence.
Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Wilmington Republican, amended the bill to, among several things, specify that the drug tests would remain confidential and refer people who test positive to available treatment resources. The amendment was drafted with the help of the N.C. Department of Justice and the State Bureau of Investigation.