Welfare recipients would be screened for drug use under law passed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri House gave final approval today to a bill requiring state welfare recipients to be screened for illegal drug use, and to be drug-tested if there is “reasonable cause to believe” they may be using illicit substances.

Recipients who test positive would lose welfare benefits for three years unless they enter a drug-treatment program.

The bill also requires electronic benefit cards used to include a photo of the welfare recipient.