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4 Disqualified for Aid Due to New Tenn. Law -- Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say four people have been disqualified from receiving welfare benefits in Tennessee because they have refused to comply with a new law that requires them to submit to drug testing.

The Tennessean reports six others submitted to testing and one of those failed. The Department of Human Services told the newspaper that agency officials would get in touch with the person who tested positive.

Further actions could include referral to a treatment program in order to get benefits or disqualification if the person doesn't participate.

The new law went into effect on July 1 and only affected 10 of the 812 people who applied for the Tennessee Families First cash assistance program. Most passed a written drug screening.

Supporters and opponents of the law say they are keeping watch on how welfare applicants are affected.

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