A proposal to allow South Dakota officials to require welfare recipients to be tested for illegal drugs is coming back to the South Dakota Legislature.
State Rep. Mark Kirkeby, R-Rapid City, said his proposal is almost identical to a bill that South Dakota lawmakers didn't approve last year.
It would apply to a number of state assistance programs for low-income South Dakotans.
The Rapid City Journal newspaper reported a positive drug test would throw a welfare recipient off the rolls for a year. If someone refused to take a drug test, the person could be disqualified from getting benefits for six months.
South Dakota's health and human services secretary said federal regulations don't allow someone to be barred from getting food stamps or Medicaid if they're using illegal drugs.