MADISON — On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, Attorney General Brad D. Schimel today filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking clarification that the State can require certain welfare recipients to undergo drug testing to satisfy the work requirement for food-stamp benefits.  The lawsuit was filed against United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

“This lawsuit seeks to provide clarity that the State of Wisconsin has the authority to require drug testing for FoodShare recipients,” said Schimel. “In previous communications with the State of Wisconsin, the federal government has taken the opposite position despite the clear statutory language in federal law.”