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2011 House Bill 5223: Require drug testing of welfare applicants
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on December 13, 2011 To require drug testing of applicants for various state welfare benefits, and prohibit benefits if a person tests positive.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on December 13, 2011
Reported in the House on May 15, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 7, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 7, 2012 To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5527, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5527 would require drug testing for business executives whose firms receive subsidies from the state.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on June 7, 2012 To require additional screening before drug tests could be administered.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Durhal, III (D) on June 7, 2012 To allow a welfare recipient who tests positive for illegal drug use to keep getting benefits if he or she enters a treatment program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on June 7, 2012 To allow a welfare recipient who has children and who tests positive for illegal drug use to designate a family member or other approved "protective payee" to keep getting the benefits "on behalf of the child".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To require the state to pay for the drug tests.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To require drug tests for state legislators under similar rules as those proposed by the bill.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 7, 2012 To require drug tests for state legislators.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To keep the drug test results confidential, and also the information collected under the proposed screening process.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To discontinue welfare drug tests if less than 10 percent of those tested test positive.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To require the welfare department to file detailed reports on the proposed drug testing program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To not apply the proposed sanctions if a person tests positive for a drug that has been prescribed or taken on under an order of medical practitioner. Presumably this includes medical marijuana.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To delay the proposed drug test program for two years.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To specify procedures for selecting the counties in a proposed pilot program for the drug testing.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To require the drug testing program to have an appeal process.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on June 7, 2012 To require the welfare agency to document the grounds for suspicion and provide these to welfare recipient they identify.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To exempt welfare recipients age 65 or older from the proposed drug testing.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 7, 2012 To require welfare applicants to be notified of the drug testing program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on June 7, 2012 To require the welfare department to file detailed reports on the proposed drug testing program.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on June 7, 2012 To keep the drug test results confidential, and also the information collected under the proposed screening process.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on June 7, 2012
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Substitute offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 7, 2012 To adopt a version of the bill that phases in the drug testing program gradually over several years, requires additional screening before drug tests could be administered, allows a welfare recipient who has children and who tests positive for illegal drug use to designate a family member or other approved "protective payee" to keep getting the benefits "on behalf of the child," and incorporates other provisions suggested by the other Democratic amendments to the bill.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 7, 2012 To drug test all welfare recipients, not just those suspected of drug use.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Passed 71 to 37 in the House on June 7, 2012 To require drug testing of repipients of state welfare benefits if an "empirically validated screening tool" suggests a reasonable suspicion, and prohibit benefits if a person tests positive.
Received in the Senate on June 12, 2012
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on June 12, 2012
Reported in the Senate on August 15, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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