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HB 4118 - Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (26-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients.

Highlights:

Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of HB 4118. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

For further status information, call the Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (74-35) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and adopt additional amendments to a bill that requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients.

Highlights:

Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of HB 4118. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

For further status information, call the Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (77-33) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires drug screenings and testing for applicants and recipients of cash assistance benefits.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Human Services to establish a “suspicion-based” drug screening and testing program for applicants and benefit recipients of the Family Independence Program (Sec. 57Y).
  • Requires the department to screen an initial applicant or renewing recipient of the Family Independence Program for drug use with an “empirically validated substance abuse screening tool” (Sec. 57Y).
  • Requires an applicant or recipient to take a drug test if the screening tool indicates a “reasonable suspicion” that the individual has illegally used a controlled substance (Sec. 57Y).
  • Specifies that an individual who refuses to take a drug test is ineligible for the Family Independence Program for 6 months, at which time they can reapply, subject to another drug test (Sec. 57Y).
  • Specifies that an applicant or recipient who tests positive for drug use can proceed in one of the following ways (Sec. 57Y):
    • For a first positive test, the individual is required to participate in a treatment program offered by a regional substance abuse coordinating agency in order to continue receiving program benefits; and
    • For a second positive test, the individual will be ineligible for program benefits, but is authorized to reapply if he or she tests negative for drug use at that time.
  • Requires the cost of administering a drug test to be deducted from a program recipient’s first benefit payment if he or she tested positive (Sec. 57Y).
  • Requires the department to pilot the program in 3 or more counties from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Sec. 57Y).
  • Requires the department to submit a report on the pilot program to the legislature by April 30, 2015 (Sec. 57Y).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients

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