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Tennessee officials mull drug testing for taxpayer-funded benefits

December 22nd, 2011 6:51 am by Tom Humphrey

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell said Wednesday they want some questions answered before joining some state senators in calling for drug testing of Tennesseans seeking taxpayer-funded benefits.

Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said he plans to push three bills calling for drug testing in the 2012 legislative session: one dealing with persons on welfare, one for those drawing unemployment compensation and one for those receiving workers' compensation benefits.

The senator said he has "no problem" with Haslam and Harwell's stance, which is somewhat more cautious than the ringing endorsement delivered a week earlier by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who is speaker of the Senate.

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