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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2020 10:15 AM
From: Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsorship of Legislation – Providing for Screening for Illegal Drugs (HB 2151 of 2017-18)
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will amend the Public Welfare Code to direct the Department of Human Services to develop and implement a drug test and a retest program to screen applicants and recipients of public assistance.

This legislation will require ALL applicants and recipients to be screened for illegal drugs in order to be eligible for public assistance. The legislation further removes provisions for individuals who have been convicted of a felony for a drug related offense. In addition, this legislation directs the Department of Human Services to appoint a protective payee to receive public assistance on behalf of children of the applicant or recipient who is denied public assistance due to failing a drug test or retest.

Please join me in sponsoring this piece of legislation. Thank you for your consideration.