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Iowa Republican State Senator Proposes Drug Testing Child Support Recipients

2:30 pm - 04/13/2012
A favorite Republican pastime recently has been to demonize the unemployed by proposing that they submit to drug tests before collecting their unemployment insurance. Both at the federal and state level, Republicans have pushed for such a policy, even though, as it turns out, such requirements save barely any money and only prove that those on unemployment insurance are less likely than the public at large to be using drugs.

One Iowa Republican this week decided that such measures are not enough. During debate over Iowa’s budget, state Sen. Mark Chelgren (R) proposed that people who receive child support payments also be forced to submit to drug tests on the whims of the person making the payments:

The proposal came from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa who said he was pushing the idea on behalf of an unidentified constituent who believed his ex was using child support money for illegal drugs.

A person paying child support under Chelgren’s proposal could require the recipient to a drug test every six months as long as they pay the costs.

“We shouldn’t be ducking our head and running away every time there’s a difficult issue coming up,” Chelgren said. However, following open laughter in the Iowa Senate chamber, Chelgren withdrew his amendment.

The Iowa Senate’s next task will be debating yet another Chelgren amendment. This one goes back to the standard Republican aim of forcing those collecting from state welfare programs to undergo drug tests. In Indiana, just 1 percent of those tested before collecting unemployment insurance or entering the state’s job training program during the final six months of 2011 failed their drug tests.

Source: Thinkprogress.

What an asshat. So, a buddy of his has an ax to grind about his ex, so this guy thinks it'd be fine to single out and humiliate what is mostly women getting a pittance from their children's fathers? Nice. If the women of Iowa are in situations like my sis-in-law, most of them aren't seeing a dime from their ex's, anyway. At least he got laughed down.
curseangel 13th-Apr-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
That's definitely lucky. I've literally never met a man who had to pay child support who didn't whine, complain, play the victim, try to wiggle out of it, and generally try to make his ex out to be a ~gold-digging w****. Since that includes the ones I've met on the internet, it's... kind of a high number.
farting_nora 13th-Apr-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he complained, but he at least had the decency to do it while out of earshot of me and my sister.
curseangel 13th-Apr-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Right, right. Which is at least something, I guess. My dad liked to make suuuure my brother and I knew everything my mother did that he felt was wrong. I never bought it, but my brother drank the kool-aid hardcore and even now, he treats women like dogshit he's automatically better than, because that's what daddy dearest taught him. :| /semi-ot ranting
13chapters 14th-Apr-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
I have two male friends who responsibly pay their child support. One of them actually didn't even know that he was a father until his kids (twins) were five years old, and was sent nearly into bankruptcy when the state loaded five years of back child support on him all at once. But he still pays, and in fact moved across the country to be near his kids so he could be a good dad.

/cool story

But IME, good fathers like that are in the minority. :(
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