Missouri House to consider welfare drug testing bill
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | 7:06 a.m. CST;
updated 9:03 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 26, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members are set to consider legislation to require drug tests for welfare recipients.
The bill requires the Department of Social Services to develop a testing regimen for applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Tests would be given to people whom state officials reasonably believe have used drugs.
Recipients who test positive for drugs would be ineligible for benefits for one year. But the children of adults who test positive could continue receiving their benefits through a third party.
House leaders planned to consider the legislation Wednesday.
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