Proposed Law Would Expand Welfare Drug Testing
Governor LePage would like to move forward with a plan that would drug test certain welfare recipients.
Currently, federal law prohibits people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting welfare unless the state specifically allows it.
Under the proposed law from the Governor, those who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who have been convicted of a drug related felony within the last ten years could be given a drug test.
The results of that test could result in that person being denied or losing TANF benefits if imposed substance use disorder treatment is not successfully completed. The bill also repeals prohibiting the State's denying food assistance and TANF assistance to a person who has been convicted of a drug-related felony.