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HB 73 - Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients - Key Vote

Missouri Key Votes

Melissa Leach Co-Sponsored (Introduced) this Legislation.

Read statements Melissa Leach made in this general time period.

Stages

Family

Issues

Note

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Stage Details

Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients

Signed by Governor Jay Nixon
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (113-34) - (Key vote)

Title: Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that requires drug tests for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Social Services to develop a program to screen each applicant or recipient of TANF benefits, and to test each applicant or recipient who the department has "reasonable cause" to believe, based upon the screening, engages in prohibited use of controlled substances (Sec. A).
  • Prohibits any applicant or recipient who tests positive for the use of a controlled substance or refuses to submit to a test from receiving benefits for a period of 3 years, unless the applicant or recipient enters and completes a substance abuse treatment program and does not test positive for illegal use in the 6 month period after entering the program (Sec. A).
  • Specifies that an applicant or recipient that has tested positive and has entered a treatment program will continue to receive benefits while they are in the program (Sec. A).
  • Authorizes the Department of Social Services to test at random or set intervals applicants or recipients that are in a substance abuse treatment program in order to receive benefits (Sec. A).
  • Prohibits any applicant or recipient that is found to have tested positive for the use of illegal drugs a second time from receiving benefits for a period of 3 years (Sec. A).
  • Requires case workers of applicants or recipients to report suspected child abuse as a result of drug abuse in instances where the applicant or recipient has tested positive or refuses to be tested for the illegal use of a controlled substance (Sec. A).
  • Authorizes members of a household that includes an applicant or recipient that has been declared ineligible for TANF benefits to continue to receive benefits as protective or vendor payments to a third party payee (Sec. A).
  • Requires all electronic benefits cards distributed to recipients of TANF benefits to include a photograph of the recipient or protective payee authorized to use the card (Sec. A).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (29-5) - (Key vote)

Title: Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires drug tests for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Social Services to develop a program to screen each applicant or recipient of TANF benefits, and to test each applicant or recipient who the department has "reasonable cause" to believe, based upon the screening, engages in prohibited use of controlled substances (Sec. A).
  • Prohibits any applicant or recipient who tests positive for the use of a controlled substance or refuses to submit to a test from receiving benefits for a period of 3 years, unless the applicant or recipient enters and completes a substance abuse treatment program and does not test positive for illegal use in the 6 month period after entering the program (Sec. A).
  • Specifies that an applicant or recipient that has tested positive and has entered a treatment program will continue to receive benefits while they are in the program (Sec. A).
  • Authorizes the Department of Social Services to test at random or set intervals applicants or recipients that are in a substance abuse treatment program in order to receive benefits (Sec. A).
  • Prohibits any applicant or recipient that is found to have tested positive for the use of illegal drugs a second time from receiving benefits for a period of 3 years (Sec. A).
  • Requires case workers of applicants or recipients to report suspected child abuse as a result of drug abuse in instances where the applicant or recipient has tested positive or refuses to be tested for the illegal use of a controlled substance (Sec. A).
  • Authorizes members of a household that includes an applicant or recipient that has been declared ineligible for TANF benefits to continue to receive benefits as protective or vendor payments to a third party payee (Sec. A).
  • Requires all electronic benefits cards distributed to recipients of TANF benefits to include a photograph of the recipient or protective payee authorized to use the card (Sec. A).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (116-27) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients

Sponsors

  • Ellen Brandom (MO - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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