Missouri to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

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Give us your tired, your hungry, your poor; we'll drug test them!!
The third time proved to be the charm.

After floating bills the previous two years (Exhibit A, Exhibit B) that would allow officials to drug test federal welfare recipients in Missouri, lawmakers in Jefferson City finally got enough votes to send the legislation to the governor.

And they did so in convincing fashion. This year's bill -- sponsored by Rep. Ellen Bransom (R - Sikeston) -- cleared the House and Senate with a veto-proof majority. The bill actually grew more onerous once it made its way to the Senate with legislators there increasing from one to three years the penalty for welfare recipients who test positive for drugs.

As the law currently reads, participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families found to be on drugs will still be eligible for benefits if they enter drug treatment. Should they test positive for drugs again, they'd lose welfare assistance for three years. It's up to the Department of Social Services to determine whom to screen and how to test them. The testing could cost the state $1 million a year. There are about 29,000 Missouri adults who participate in the program.

Critics contend that the bill would unfairly harm the children of welfare recipients, but backers of the bill say dependents could still get aid through third-party participants.

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Wolfiinstl
Wolfiinstl

If the parent(s) are spending money on drugs to begin with, aren't the children already being harmed?

Cpsarna
Cpsarna

....and spending money on drugs instead of food isn't hurting their children?!  How about those addicts that prostitute their children and themselves out to the drug dealers in exchange for a little meth.  Heaven forbid they try to get someone to take some responsibility for the money the tax payers are providing.  I want to help the poor, I do not want to enable the addicts.  Many of us have to take drug testing before receiving a job, this isn't oppressive, this is common sense.

Michelle
Michelle

Great, this will save money - NOT!

This state hates poor people more than Flori-duh.

BLyons
BLyons

How is that hatred for poor people? I don't see the correlation. Welfare should be given to those who NEED it and should have 5 million strings tied to it. People fall on hard times. However, they should not STAY on hard times (do we hate poor people by wanting them to get themselves back on their feet?).

 We'd save a lot of money by weeding out the abusers of the system. Not nearly enough to make a tiny dent in the budget problem overall, but it's something.

For the other comments, it's not a race issue whatsoever. Would you want to give your money to people who are on drugs, reagardless of race, and don't care to help themselves out of a bad situation? That is essentially what you're doing. Channel 4 news had uncovered people spending food stamp money in VEGAS!! That needs to be cut off.

a42natson
a42natson

No more welfare money. Give 'em a ride to the food pantry or the bus station.

HomieTheClown
HomieTheClown

You better be punching the clock if you want to be smoking the rock.

the one tammy owes money too!
the one tammy owes money too!

Well in racist Missouri I guess that all blackk welfare recipients better be prepared to be drug tested and the white folks that do crack and meth will just keep on skating by.

Jenniferjaswal
Jenniferjaswal

This is not a black or white thing.....This is a lazy piece of shit get off the rock and get a job thing. Tax payers dont want to pay for folks to continue to have kids they cant support especially when the individuals do drugs and dont try to improve their lives.

Arrrrrrrr
Arrrrrrrr

there isn't any white people on welfare moron.

Jenniferjaswal
Jenniferjaswal

You re the moron..Go walk in the welfare office and take a look at who is in there.

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