Substance abuse screening; person become ineligible for public assistance if using illegal drugs. (SB404)

Introduced By

Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients. Requires local departments of social services to conduct a screening of all applicants or recipients of public assistance. This bill provides that, where a screening indicates reasonable cause to believe an applicant or recipient is using illegal drugs, the applicant or recipient may be required to submit to drug testing. Where a drug test indicates that the applicant or recipient is using illegal drugs, the person shall become ineligible for public assistance. The person may reapply for public assistance once 12 months have elapsed from the date of initial ineligibility. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087850300
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/24/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB404)
02/08/2008Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Committee substitute printed 088554300-S1
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read second time
02/12/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2008Committee substitute agreed to 088554300-S1
02/12/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB404S1
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB404S1)
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/2008Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Jeremy Beales writes:

This is a terrible idea. Why should we try to force people with drug problems out of the public assistance system. Its nothing more than punitive. These people have kids and families that need help too, but we're going to be more concerned with their using drugs?

Dumb, dumb, dumb.