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HB 1007 - Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants - Key Vote

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Pat Bauer voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (73-23) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires individuals receiving "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" benefits and members of the general assembly to consent to random drug tests.

Highlights:
  • Establishes a pilot program in three counties to test for controlled substances by individuals applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits (Sec. 10).
  • Requires county officials to have “reasonable suspicion” of drug use before requiring a test be performed (Sec. 10).
  • Defines “reasonable suspicion” as relating to any individual that meets any of the following criteria (Sec. 10):
    • The individual tested positive on a previous drug test;
    • The individual has been convicted of a crime or charged with a drug related offense;
    • The individual failed to attend a scheduled meeting pertaining to TANF benefits; or
    • The individual failed to complete the online requirements of TANF.
  • Requires any applicant or recipient that refuses consent to a drug test to be ineligible for TANF benefits for 3 months and reapply after consenting to a drug test (Sec. 10).
  • Requires an individual who fails the first drug test to be ineligible for TANF benefits for a period of 6 months and to have their children’s benefits reduced by 50 percent for a period of 6 months (Sec. 10).
  • Prohibits an individual and their children from receiving TANF benefits if the individual fails a drug test during the reapplication process (Sec. 10).
  • Authorizes an individual who has tested positive on a drug test to continue to get TANF benefits if they participate in, and complete, a drug treatment program (Sec. 10).
  • Requires the Office of the Secretary to pay for the drug test if the individual consenting the the drug test has not previously tested positive on a drug test admitted under this provision and tests negative on the drug test (Sec. 10).
  • Requires members of the Senate and House of Representatives to consent to random drug tests (Sec. 10).
  • Prohibits members of the Assembly that refuse consent to a drug test or test positive from receiving any of the following (Sec. 10):
    • Partisan staff;
    • Franked mail;
    • Reserved parking or office space at the state house; or
    • Electronic devices.
  • Requires the following information be made available to the public (Sec. 10):
    • A list of members who tested positive;
    • A list of members who tested negative;
    • A list of members who consented to random drug tests; and
    • A list of members who refused consent to random drug tests.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants

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