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Hewes proposes drug testing for welfare recipients

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

(AP) - Republican state Sen. Billy Hewes says that if he's elected lieutenant governor, he'll push to require drug testing for any Mississippi resident receiving welfare or unemployment benefits.

The proposal is part of a policy agenda Hewes unveiled Wednesday during a news conference in the state Capitol.

His opponent in the Aug. 2 Republican primary, state Treasurer Tate Reeves, was making other campaign appearances and was not immediately available for response.

Hewes says he wants to repeal the state inventory tax, strengthen vocational training in high schools, consolidate administrative functions for state agencies and order audits of state consulting contracts.

He also wants to push for a "Caylee's Law," requiring parents or grandparents to promptly report missing or dead children.

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