March 5, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes a pilot drug testing program for certain welfare recipients.
Establishes a pilot program for drug testing adult participants of the Personal Opportunities with Employment Responsibilities (POWER) program under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) (Sec. 1).
Requires a random sample of at least 100 participants to be tested by July 1, 2013 (Sec. 1).
Requires the joint labor, health and social services interim committee to be notified of the number of participants who (Sec. 1):
Decline to take a drug test; and
The results of the tests that are conducted.
Authorizes POWER participants who receive benefits on behalf of a minor child to be tested if there is probable cause that the individual is using a controlled substance or that the child is neglected or abused (Sec. 1).
Requires individuals who test positive for controlled substances to be ineligible for benefits for 1 month (Sec. 1).
Authorizes individuals to immediately reapply for benefits if they provide proof of "successful" participation in a substance abuse treatment program (Sec. 1).
Prohibiits individuals that test positive for controlled substances on a second test from being eligible for benefits for 1 year (Sec. 1).
Exempts POWER participants from the random drug tests if the participant's work training program requires drug tests (Sec. 1).