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Summary: SB 11 would amend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to make recipients subject to drug use screening assessments. If the screening gives probable cause, the recipient must submit to a drug test for controlled substances. One failed test would be result in a six month suspension from the TANF program, the second would be a twelve month suspension and the third failed test would result in a lifetime ban from the program. If a minor’s parent is removed from the program under this new provision, there will be a protective payer system established to ensure that the children receive the assistance without it first filtering through the suspended or banned parent.
Analysis: SB 11 promotes personal responsibility and prevents taxpayer dollars intended to be used for temporary social welfare from being used to support use of illegal drugs. We support SB 11.