• Petitioned Pat McCrory

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Pat McCrory
State Rep, Jim Davis

NC General Assembly:: Vote NO to Senate Bill 594 and PREVENT Discrimination

    1. Mary Adolf
    2. Petition by

      Mary Adolf

      Durham, NC

In North Carolina, drug testing of welfare recipients is a favorable cause and I can completely understand why. Most citizens of North Carolina would much rather see their tax dollars go to those who want to support their children by feeding them, clothing them and giving them the necessities to succeed in society, rather than wasting them away on illegal drugs. Many would argue that since many people who are in the job force generally have to be drug tested, it is only fair that Work First recipients should be drug tested as well. Although these arguments are completely logical, the funds are just not available. So often do we criticize how our tax dollars are spent, yet we are so willing to throw away thousands of dollars that could potentially benefit roughly 1,600 families through Work First. As of April 2013, there are 10,993 adults receiving Work First benefits (NC DSS). According to Senate Bill 594, every Work First recipient over the age of 18 will be asked to pay $30 to be drug tested to continue their benefits and will be reimbursed if the drug test is negative, this means if every Work First recipient is using illegal drugs and decides to continue benefits, the State will receive $329,790 minus the cost of the drug tests. If previous trends continue, as shown in Michigan and Florida specifically, about 5-7% of those tested will be tested positively for drug use, meaning the State will lose nearly $317,000. Help to save our state some money, so that we may support more important causes like education or healthcare and sign the petition before it is passed in legislation!

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Pat McCrory
State Rep, Jim Davis
Vote NO to Senate Bill 594. Save North Carolina's money and prevent discrimination against Work First recipients

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. More Support!!

      Mary Adolf
      Petition Organizer

      Hey y'all,

      Pricey Harrison emailed me today to confirm her vote against Senate Bill 594! Please take the time to email or call her to thank you for her vote against the bill.


      Also we're at 40 signatures!!

      North Carolina General Assembly

      The Official Site of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Email response

      Mary Adolf
      Petition Organizer

      I emailed Jim Davis today and he responded with:

      Ms. Adolf,
      Thank you for your input on the bill. I continue to work with my colleagues to produce the strongest possible legislation to address this issue.
      Kind regards,
      Sen. Jim Davis

      If we all share this petition and send emails to him, maybe he would consider a different approach.

      Thank you again everyone for your support.

    5. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • William Dawson RALEIGH, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      For one thing, it's blatantly unconstitutional.

    • Stewart Graham CROTON ON HUDSON, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      Businesses can drug test their work force because they are private entities, however the government is utilizing our tax dollars. Additionally, only a minority of people on welfare use drugs; if they were to be kicked out of the program they would inevitably attempt to seek money elsewhere potentially increasing crime. The fact is, some people will be addicts for the rest of their lives and can never be helped, welfare ensures they don't endanger society further.

    • Amy Crittenden JAMESTOWN, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      This bill is just more partisan politics. Our GOP leaders say they want to fix the fiscal problems of our state, but they keep wasting money on social issues. This is another one of those issues.

      Quit flushing my tax money down the drain on stupid issues and do some REAL work to create jobs in North Carolina!!!!

    • Barbara Bigham INDIAN TRAIL, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      though I would love to see this go through,I understand the economics of it don't make sense.Maybe they could at least strip benefits from anybody that is convicted of drug use/possession.

    • John Pennell TAYLORSVILLE, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      Go for the drug lord's that push them. Drug testing is a laboratory money racket.


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