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Missouri House Finally Passes Welfare Drug Testing Legislation

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (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.

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Welfare drug testing bill is HB73

Legislature: http://moga.mo.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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