Mo. House Passes Welfare Drug Testing Legislation
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.