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HB 26 (BR 63) - L. Napier, J. Adams, R. Adams, J. Arnold Jr., L. Belcher, J. Bell, K. Bratcher, R. Bunch, D. Butler, J. Carney, M. Cherry, H. Collins, T. Couch, W. Coursey, R. Crimm, R. Damron, J. DeCesare, B. DeWeese, M. Dossett, T. Edmonds, C. Embry Jr., B. Farmer, J. Fischer, D. Ford, J. Gooch Jr., J. Greer, S. Gregory, M. Harmon, R. Henderson, M. Henley, J. Hoover, B. Housman, W. Hurt, D. Keene, T. Kerr, K. King, M. King, S. Lee, D. Mayfield, M. Meredith, C. Miller, T. Mills, B. Montell, T. Moore, R. Nelson, M. Nemes, F. Nesler, D. Osborne, R. Quarles, M. Rader, J. Richards, S. Santoro, J. Short, R. Smart, F. Steele, W. Stone, G. Stumbo, T. Thompson, B. Waide, A. Wuchner, J. York

     AN ACT relating to eligibility for public assistance.
     Amend KRS 205.200 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to implement a substance abuse screening program for applicants and recipients of public assistance; permit the CHFS to design the program and utilize testing of blood or urine or other reliable methods of substance abuse detection; state conditions under which an adult person is ineligible for public assistance; permit substance abuse testing to occur only when a caseworker suspects substance abuse at the initial interview or at any other occasion when the caseworker comes to suspect that the recipient is abusing controlled substances; require the CHFS to promulgate regulations governing the program and testing including requirements that applicants pay for all substance abuse screening costs and receive a later reimbursement if the test is passed; grant the right to additional screenings for applicants that fail a test; require both parents in two-parent families to comply with screening requirements; require that an individual who fails a test receive a list of licensed substance abuse treatment providers in his or her area; require passage of a drug test before receiving benefits; permit parents or guardians who fail a test to designate another individual to receive benefits for the parent's minor children; require designated individuals to pass substance abuse screenings; create a 60-day grace period to enter a treatment program after the initial positive test; require individuals to pay for a test at the end of the 60-day grace period, and provide that, if they pass that test they must pass two additional randomized testings during the next 24 months, or if an individual tests positive for a controlled substance after the 60-day grace period, they must show evidence of having entered a substance abuse treatment program within 14 days, during which time, benefits may be suspended and only be payable for the benefit of any children in that recipient's home.


     HFA (1, T. Moore) - Retain original provisions, except add a requirement that legislators undergo a similar substance abuse screening process, make the penalty loss of eligibility to serve if illegal substances are detected and participation in the probationary period is not followed.
     HFA (2, D. Owens) - Retain original provisions, except institute a drug testing program for members of the General Assembly; require the Senate and House of Representatives to adopt rules to implement and maintain program; require legislators to pay all screening costs; require that General Assembly members testing positive for illegal drugs be subject to removal from office.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Oct 5-To: Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare
     Jan 3-introduced in House; to Health & Welfare (H)
     Mar 8-floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 9-floor amendment (2) filed

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