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HB 1483 - Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients - Key Vote

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Legislation - Concurrence Vote Failed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (38-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (78-17) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires certain recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) to undergo drug testing, effective July 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Requires an individual who applies for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance and is at least 18 years of age to take a substance abuse screening in order to receive benefits (Secs. 2 & 5). 
  • Authorizes county offices to perform random drug testing on individuals when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance (Sec. 5).
  • Requires an individual who tests positive on a drug test to complete the following actions to continue receiving TANF assistance (Sec. 5):
    • Attend drug abuse treatment program; and
    • Undergo drug testing at regular intervals between 20 and 30 days until the individual tests negative in 2 consecutive drug tests.
  • Specifies that if an individual tests positive in 2 consecutive drugs tests within 4 months of the first positive testing, the individual and any child the individual receives TANF assistance for are ineligible to receive benefits for 3 months (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes an individual who is declared ineligible for TANF assistance because of a positive drug test to reapply after 3 months (Sec. 5).
  • Requires an individual who reapplies for TANF assistance after 3 months of a positive dug test  to test negative for controlled substances before receiving assistance (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that if an individual who is reapplying for TANF assistance again tests positive for controlled substances, then the individual, and any child the individual receives TANF assistance for, will permanently be ineligible for TANF assistance (Sec. 5).
  • Requires the office of the secretary to notify the Department of Child Services when a child is ineligible to receive TANF assistance because the child's parent of guardian fails a drug test (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes a child who is declared ineligible for TANF assistance because the child's parent or guardian fails a drug test to be eligible when the child no longer lives with the individual who failed the drug test (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

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