May 13, 2015

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Rep. Novak Votes to Approve Bills on Drug Screening & Treatment

Assembly Advances Reforms to FoodShare Program

 Madison – Today, Representative Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) voted to advance legislation to help treat those suffering from substance abuse and provide them with the treatment needed to become productive members of our workforce.

 “All too often, I hear from employers that they are unable to find workers that are able to pass a simple drug test as a condition of employment,” said Rep. Novak. “I was proud to vote for legislation that will help those battling substance abuse and prepare them for successful entry into the workforce.”

 Assembly Bills (AB) 191 and 192 would allow for screening of recipients on state sponsored job training programs and recipients of Unemployment Insurance for substance abuse. The bills would allocate dollars to provide treatment for those testing positive for an illegal substance.

 “There are thousands of jobs going unfilled each year,” said Rep. Novak. “These bills will provide the funding and the treatment necessary to help these individuals kick the habit and find meaningful employment in their communities.”

 Novak also voted to support legislation that moves to reform Wisconsin’s FoodShare (food stamp) program to promote better nutrition and healthy food options. The three public benefit reform bills approved by the state Assembly now advance to the state Senate.