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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Republican Phil Bryant, who is starting his third year as Mississippi governor, said he wants to require drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a government program that provides money to low-income families with children up to age 18.

Similar proposals have gained little traction in recent years.

Alisha McChristian of Hernando is on welfare but receives government assistance in the form of food stamps. She feels strongly about drug testing of those on welfare.

"As far as that goes for someone like me who do drugs I feel like they get a free pass on things," McChristian said. "I think it would be a good idea."

Debbie Woods, who receives government assistance in the form of food stamps, said anyone on any kind of government assistance should be drug tested.

"If you have the money to buy drugs., then you could work," Woods said. "You know, I don't agree with the situation of people just getting checks and using it to buy drugs."

State Sen. David Parker (R-District 19) of DeSoto County said he thinks the program would be a good one if it helped Mississippians move forward and get off of government assistance. Sen. Parker said he's concerned about the cost of starting and maintaining a drug testing program for those receiving welfare.

"Absolutely, I think any program that has a noble concept in mind only has an expense attached to it," he said. "I think before you implement a policy there should be some research on and study into the potential cost to the taxpayers in the state."

Earlier this week, a judge struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.

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