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HB 1152 - Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients - South Dakota Key Vote

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Title: Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires adult recipients who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families cash benefits to undergo drug testing if the Department of Social Services has reasonable suspicion to believe that the recipients engage in the use of illegal substances.

Highlights:

  • Requires adult recipients who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families cash benefits to undergo drug testing if the Department of Social Services has reasonable suspicion to believe that the recipients engage in the use of illegal substances (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that any recipient found to have tested positive for the use of a controlled substance that was not prescribed for the recipient by a licensed health care provider may become ineligible to receive cash benefits for 1 year (Sec. 1). -Authorizes the Department of Social Services to refer recipients for appropriate professional or agency assistance if they test positive for controlled substances (Sec. 1).
  • Entitles recipients who test positive for controlled substances to an administrative hearing to determine the validity of the test and to contest the decision to suspend benefits (Sec. 1).

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