Missouri law mandates suspicion-based drug tests for welfare recipients

Bill: HB73 (PDF)

Sponsored by Rep. Ellen Brandom and signed into law by Gov Jay Nixon, HB73 mandates that residents who receive welfare through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program must be screened for illegal drug use and could lose their benefits. Welfare recipients who refuse to be checked, and those who test positive and do not complete a substance abuse program, will be ineligible for benefits through the welfare program for three years.

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