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AB 242 - Requires Drug Screening for Certain Welfare Recipients - Wisconsin Key Vote

Beth Meyers voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (62-35) - (Key vote)
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Title: Requires Drug Screening for Certain Welfare Recipients

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires drug screening for certain welfare recipients.



  • Authorizes the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to determine the appropriate mechanism by which to drug-screen individuals applying to participate in certain work experience programs (Sec. 1).

  • Exempts from the controlled substances screening and testing requirements a custodial parent of a child up to 8 weeks old, a woman with a high-risk pregnancy, a Wisconsin Works (W-2) participant who moves to an unsubsidized job and receives only case management services, and a dependent child (Sec. 9).

  • Specifies that the following W-2 work experience programs for custodial parents are added to the programs to which the screening and testing requirements apply (Sec. 9):

    • The Temporary Employment Match program, which provides a subsidy for wages to an individual's employer; and

    • The Community Service Jobs program and Transitional Placement program, both of which provide a participant with a monthly grant.

  • Specifies that an individual applying for a community service job or a transitional placement is eligible for monthly grants at a reduced price under certain DCF programs even if the individual tests positive for the use of a controlled substance without presenting evidence of a valid prescription and refuses to participate in a drug treatment program (Secs. 10-11).

  • Specifies that in certain cases, monthly grants that are reduced due to a positive test for drugs must be paid not to the individual who was tested positive but to a protective payee who must use it exclusively on behalf of the individual’s dependent children (Secs. 11-12).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Drug Screening for Certain Welfare Recipients



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