Mo. House Passes Welfare Drug Testing Legislation

7 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, May 10 2011 May 10, 2011 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:56:40 AM CDT May 10, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jamie Goncalves

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill allowing drug testing of welfare recipients if the state suspects they're using illegal drugs.

The House sent the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon by a 113-34 vote Tuesday. It already passed the Senate.

Under the bill, welfare recipients would lose their benefits for three years if they fail a urine test that screens for narcotics.

But the measure would allow them to receive benefits if they complete a drug treatment program and do not test positive again.

It would also require that electronic benefit cards include a photo of the recipient and be renewed every three years.

 

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