State Assembly to vote on expanding drug screening

Democratic lawmakers say a Republican proposal to require drug screening in more state-run work programs sounds good but would be a waste of money.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill from Rep. Cody Horlacher of Mukwonago. Horlacher has said the measure would help drug addicts get them treatment and protect their children.

But Democratic lawmakers up against record Republican majorities say that’s not how it works in practice. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says there are better ways to help people get help and the measure would cost more money than it saves.

Horlacher didn’t immediately respond to a message. The measure is one of four GOP proposals up for a vote that would alter requirements for public benefits or programs.