Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Welfare Drug Testing Plan Removed From Ohio Bill
A Senate committee has pulled a pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests from a swiftly moving budget bill.
The move came Wednesday after Gov. John Kasich’sÂ administration intervened. The proposal was broadly criticized as discriminatory to the poor, ineffective in other states, and potentially unconstitutional.
A Senate spokeswoman said the governor’s office pledged to work with the Senate on the issue as a stand-alone bill. Angela Meleca said the process would allow senators and the governor to work out implementation issues.
The proposal called for piloting drug tests for welfare recipients in three counties that volunteer, with those who test positive losing access to their benefits for at least six months.
Meleca said a timetable for acting on the proposal was under consideration.