Honolulu — Two measures before the Hawaii Legislature propose drug testing applicants and recipients of public assistance for low-income families.
Before either bill is scheduled for a hearing, however, the House Committee on Human Services wants experts to weigh in on whether it's a good idea to require drug screening for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients.
At an informational briefing Thursday, committee members will ask legal, social service and public safety experts about challenges that could arise if drug tests are used to determine eligibility for cash assistance.
Constitutional, civil rights and privacy issues will be addressed at the briefing. Experts will also be asked whether it is reasonable and relevant to draw a connection between public assistance recipients and illegal drug use.