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SB 6 - Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients - Key Vote

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Janet Howell voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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NOTE: THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CAST A TIE-BREAKING VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (20-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires welfare recipients to submit to drug testing to determine their eligibility for benefits.

Highlights:
  • Requires a drug screening of all welfare recipients during their initial eligibility interview (Sec. 1):
    • Screenings will be repeated periodically, but no more than once every six months; and
    • Officials may perform more frequent screenings if there is probable cause that the participant is using illegal substances.
  • Requires a recipient to take a drug test if a screening indicates that they may be using illegal substances (Sec. 1).
  • Requires that any individual who refuses to participate in a screening or who tests positive in a drug test will not receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) benefits for 12 months (Sec. 1):
    • Eligible members of a household will continue to receive TANF benefits.
  • Specifies that individuals who refuse to participate in a drug test or have tested positive for the use of illegal substances will have one opportunity within the 12 month period to reinstate their benefits (Sec. 1):
    • Entering into and maintaining full compliance with a drug treatment program that will be paid for by the individual.
  • Specifies that this bill will not take effect unless funds are appropriated to cover its provisions (Sec. 2).
Note:

NOTE: THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CAST A TIE-BREAKING VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients

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