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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.
ebay313 13th-Apr-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, my dad used to complain about my mom spending money on bills all the time. Because if she was using it to pay the mortgage in the house we lived in, or the electricity bill, or whatever else, then it wasn't going to us like it was supposed to. He took her to small claims when I was an adult claiming to have overpaid in child support. He was upset I came to court with her, because it had nothing to do with me. It's CHILD support, support for your children, what you are arguing in court is that you provided a little too much support for me and my siblings.
He then told the judge how I wouldn't even answer his calls when he tried to call me on my birthday. To which the judge responded along the lines of "yeah, that happens when you take people to court." I still love that ^_^
babysinclair 14th-Apr-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Sassy judge LOVES IT
emofordino 14th-Apr-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
that is so infuriating to hear, omg! it's like, okay, if the child support check comes and it gets spent on bills and the money that the parent receiving the support makes at work is going to school supplies or new clothes or whatever, who the fuck cares? like, left pocket, right pocket, it's all the same money once it's received. and i'm pretty sure kids need a roof over their heads and food in their bellies more than they need new clothes or shoes or whatever these assholes think their child support should be going towards.

i'm so sorry that your dad did that though, that is so fucking low. good on the judge for not taking his bullshit, though! people (especially men, unfortunately) need to grow the fuck up and accept the fact that they have children who need and deserve to be taken care of and supported by BOTH parents.
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