JEFFERSON CITY — The sponsor of a Missouri House bill to require drug tests for some welfare recipients is disputing how much the proposal would cost to implement.
The state would administer the tests to people suspected of illegally using controlled substances.
Analysts on the legislative staff estimate the program would cost the state about $2 million a year. But the sponsor, Republican Ellen Brandom of Sikeston, said Thursday she thinks it would only cost about $500,000.
House members have given the bill first-round approval. It needs another vote before it goes to the Senate.
Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley, of Perryville, says Republicans might challenge the cost estimate.