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State Rep. John LaBruzzo is addicted to demagoguery, don't indulge him: An editorial
June 17, 2011, 7:00AM
Rep. John LaBruzzo's plan to randomly test a fifth of the state's welfare recipients for the use of illegal drugs, was approved by a Senate committee Wednesday, but the Metairie lawmaker's measure makes no more sense now than it did when he failed to get it through the Louisiana Legislature in 2009 and 2010 Full story »
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Senate panel approves House drug testing bill for welfare recipients
June 15, 2011, 1:55PM
BATON ROUGE-- A Senate committee has approved a Metairie lawmaker's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients, despite concerns the bill may be unconstitutional. Republican John LaBruzzo says the courts should decide whether it will be overturned, similar to a program in Florida. At issue is whether the proposal authorizes search and seizure without probable cause. LaBruzzo says random... Full story »
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Lawmaker pushes again for drug testing welfare recipients
May 11, 2011, 8:51AM

BATON ROUGE -- A Jefferson Parish lawmaker is hoping he can persuade the Legislature on his fifth try to mandate drug testing of welfare recipients in Louisiana. Republican Rep. John LaBruzzo's House Bill 7 is scheduled for a Wednesday hearing in the House Health and Welfare Committee. Though he's gotten it out of committee before, LaBruzzo has repeatedly failed... Full story »
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Welfare drug testing plan clears Senate committee by one vote
June 02, 2010, 2:17PM

A Senate committee gave 4-3 approval today to Rep. John LaBruzzo's controversial proposal to randomly drug test at least 20 percent of Louisiana residents on cash welfare programs, with the marathon hearing coming one week after LaBruzzo had a testy exchange with the panel chairwoman after she adjourned without hearing the bill. LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, casts House Bill 617 as a... Full story »
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Welfare drug-testing bill goes unheard as Senate committee adjourns; Rep. John LaBruzzo cries foul
May 25, 2010, 1:55PM

Over Rep. John LaBruzzo's protests, one of the Senate's three Judiciary Committees adjourned today without hearing the Metairie Republican's controversial bill to require drug testing of at least 20 percent of applicants for state cash assistance programs. Chairwoman Yvonne Dorsey told LaBruzzo his House Bill 617 would be first on the committee's agenda next week. After a brief entreaty to Dorsey... Full story »
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House revises, passes John LaBruzzo's drug testing bill for welfare recipients
April 28, 2010, 8:14PM

Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, endured some ribbing Wednesday on his way to a 61-27 House vote in favor of his proposal to expand drug testing of certain recipients of cash public assistance. House Bill 617 now moves to the Senate, where it is likely to face more probing and amendments. In its latest form, the bill would require the... Full story »
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Editorial: No fixing Louisiana Rep. John LaBruzzo's welfare bill
May 11, 2009, 3:50AM

Rep. John LaBruzzo delayed a hearing on his bill to demand drug-testing of all welfare recipients while he works on amendments to ensure that the measure passes constitutional muster. But the changes he has in mind don't get to the root of the problem: this is a misguided piece of legislation that will cost the state money without solving... Full story »
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Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied. "We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out, " LaBruzzo said of what he suspects are dangerous demographic trends. "And nobody wants to talk about it." LaBruzzo said he worries that people receiving government aid such as food stamps and publicly subsidized housing are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated people who presumably pay more tax revenue to the government. He said he is gathering statistics now... Full story


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