If the intent of Utah's law requiring welfare applicants to submit to drug testing is to keep the program from helping those it was designed to help, then it seems to be working just fine.
But there are problems with discouraging people down on their luck from applying for assistance through Utah's Family Employment Program. The most obvious is the unfairness of requiring people who otherwise legally qualify for benefits to undergo the privacy invasion of drug testing. Utahns who get other forms of government assistance face no such requirement,
Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, says his bill would help provide treatment to people addicted to drugs or alcohol by requiring them to submit to the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory or SASSI test, a tool that identifies individuals who have a high probability of addictive behavior. Not an addiction, but a "probabability of addictive behavior."