Missouri Republicans push welfare drug testing bills

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are pushing proposals to require drug testing for welfare recipients.

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on several bills that would direct the Department of Social Services to set up a
drug-testing program for work-eligible welfare recipients. The bills would apply only if there is "reasonable cause" to believe
people are using illegal drugs.

Recipients who test positive would be ineligible for benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for one-to-three
years.

Similar legislation passed the House last year but died in the Senate.
 

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