Monday, February 8, 2010
On Thursday, Missouri elected officials agreed that public officials and welfare recipients will undergo drug screening.
Lawmakers and other state officeholders would receive a drug test before taking office and again every two years. The officials are required to foot the bill for the test, refusal to do so - or to take the test - will be considered an admission that they are using controlled substances.
Those citizens receiving cash welfare payments would be tested if the Department of Social Services felt there was "reasonable suspicion." Refusal would render the citizen ineligible to receive the benefits for one year. Children affected by the refusal would receive benefits handled by a third party outside the household.
In October, Social Service Department employees who fail to report suspected drug use are subject to immediate termination.