By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A measure to require drug testing as a condition for receiving welfare and the reduction of the sales tax on groceries are among new laws taking effect Sunday in Tennessee.
The welfare legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant will be drug tested.
In the case of the sales tax on groceries, the measure that's included in the governor's spending plan will reduce the tax from 5.5% to 5.25% - with a goal to lower it to 5% in about two years.
However, Democrats have called for the state's roughly $225 million in excess revenues to be used to reduce the food tax sooner rather than later.