Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Drug Test Welfare Recipients. Do You Agree With It?

Question by Sound_of_the_silenced: Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Drug Test Welfare Recipients. Do you agree with it?
A Missouri state Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would require welfare recipients and applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive government aid. The bill, SB 607, passed the Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors, and Families Committee on a 5-3 vote.

The bill attempts to get around constitutional problems with other mandatory drug testing bills by limiting drug testing to those whom case workers have identified as creating “a reasonable suspicion” they are using drugs. Persons who are then drug tested and test positive would have an administrative hearing and after that hearing, could be declared ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for three years. Dependent children of people thrown off the rolls would not lose their benefits; instead, they would be provided through a payee for the children.

The bill also provides that the Department of Mental Health would refer people who test positive to drug treatment, although it doesn’t specify who would pay for it. Nor does the bill have any provision for returning someone to the rolls after successfully completing treatment.

The vote came despite a fiscal impact analysis that found the measure would cost the state more than $ 2.5 million in 2011 and around $ 3.5 million in 2012 and 2013. While the state would save some money from paying out fewer benefits, those savings would be swamped by the costs of drug testing, hearings for people who appealed the loss of benefits, and the cost of drug treatment.

Missouri is one of a handful of states where similar bills are moving this year. Similar bills have been filed or pre-filed in Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/619/missouri_senate_committee_passes_welfare_drug_test_bill

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Answer by Paul Grass™
Yes I do and I lobbied for it

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17 Responses to Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Drug Test Welfare Recipients. Do You Agree With It?

  • Joel W says:

    Heavens yes. I would have lobbied for it if I could have and my congrats to those who did lobby for it.

  • jammersavage123 says:

    I’m all for it and hope that every state adopts this initiative! If people are going to stay on the government dole, then they need to be tested to continue to leaching from the government. I take part in drug tests each year as well as randoms for my job, I don’t care at all, there’s nothing to find. But if I get random testing for a job, why not have those who’s job it is to take from the taxpayers be tested as well?

  • philateliceun says:

    In my country the only people who get drug tested are athletes. Why do you retards think drug testing? is going to solve anything? As if the only problem is that people do drugs. Its so fucking stupid.

  • stride7860 says:

    DON’T GIVE? A FUCK!

  • xTiggsx420 says:

    YOU? SUCK!!!!

  • mooserocker12 says:

    “It was? a ‘punch fee’ that we had to add.”

  • keithbu says:

    @PipeManChuck a friend of mine was gonna go there, and when they mentioned? the drug test during the interview, he goes i smoke weed everyday and im not changing, then walked out.

  • LuckyReturner says:

    and i mean the living? fucking shit

  • LuckyReturner says:

    if you wanna fuck the shit out of that girl,? vote this comment up

  • Wtfgames says:

    You sure do support the same kind of? polics as a commie would

  • Wtfgames says:

    Typical? commie

  • thr337 says:

    I JUST LOST ALL RESPECT IN CENK. FUCK? THIS CHANNEL! PEACE!

  • justfactsallowed says:

    Should Obama should be tried for violating Simir Khan & Anwar al-Awlaki’s (both U.S. citizens), Constitutional rights (Article 3, Section 2, 1st,? 5th, and 8th amendments)? Does a president have the right to execute American citizens without a trial or guilty verdict guaranteed under? the Constitution? If so, what other Constitutional rights may he tyrannically violate with impunity? What crime were they actually accused of, do you know? Where do you draw the line?

  • MiZZVMN says:

    Maybe we are going to just? have to agree to disagree.

  • MiZZVMN says:

    Lol nothing went wrong in my childhood. I had a pretty happy childhood, other then the fact that my parents were incredibly wealthy. They were probably actually not even middle class. I had to learn pretty early that it’s wrong to be wasteful. To me it seems wasteful to? spend money on a students education if he or she is going to blow it anyways. Like I said, I decided after high school that I wanted time off. It worked out fine. I had fun, didn’t waste money, and my transcript is still nice.

  • 1rken1nfantry says:

    are you american? cause if so I can see where your coming from. Alot of Americans have this elitist attitude and don’t want to help other pay for welfare, school, supporting low income children, health and pretty much anything that helps other. now remember Iam painting with a wide brush here, there? are lots of decent Americans and Alot of really good Americans. All I can say as a Canadian is, have a heart for fuck sake, what went so wrong in your childhood that your this bitter?

  • 1rken1nfantry says:

    are you american? cause if so I can see where your coming from. Alot of Americans have this elitist attitude and don’t want to help other pay for welfare, school, supporting low income children, health and pretty much anything that helps other. now remember Iam painting with a wide brush here, there are? lots of decent Americans and Alot of really good Americans. All I can say as a Canadian is, have a heart for fuck sake, what went so wrong in your childhood that your this bitter?

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