Sen. Hune: Public assistance recipients should give back

LANSING — Legislation to ensure public assistance recipients are giving back to their communities was introduced Wednesday in the Michigan Senate, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 905 would require cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Jobs, Education and Training program to participate in community service.

“Individuals receiving public assistance are benefitting from their community giving to them,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “It’s important those recipients give back to the community that’s helping them in their time of need.”

Hune’s other measure, SB 904, would require public assistance applicants to submit to a drug test if their caseworker has a reasonable suspicion they may be abusing drugs.

“Taxpayers should not be funding drug habits, plain and simple,” Hune said.

The Family Independence Program (FIP) requires families receiving assistance to work or undergo job training as a condition of receiving assistance.

“These funds are designed to help get people back on their feet and working,” Hune said. “Most job providers make potential employees take a drug test as part of the hiring process, and many more require employees to submit to random drug testing.”

Both SBs 904 and 905 were referred to the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee.