A group of soon-to-be social workers is speaking out against a bill that would require welfare recipients to be drug tested (HB-73).
Graduate students in Radford's social work program took their protest to the students on Wednesday. They started a petition and collected opinions through a survey.
The social work students say the bill would do more harm than good. They argue that it's too expensive and it unfairly stigmatizes recipients of welfare, when other groups who recieve federal aid are not held to the same standard.
"No one's perfect," explained Deborah Edgefield, a Masters of Social Work student. "Plenty of people are on drugs, they don't have to just be receiving welfare assistance. But those bankers who also receive assistance from the government, they're not being drug tested, and no one is saying they should, either. They get tax payer money, too."
The group plans to take the petition and surveys to local polititians.