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KRCU Podcast: Sen. Crowell Discusses His Drug Screening Bill

April 3rd, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

By Jacob McCleland

A new bill introduced in the Missouri Senate would allow the Department of Social Services to perform drug tests on recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Sen. Jason Crowell proposed the legislation. He says that the TANF program’s intention is to be temporary. It’s a way to help individuals transition from unemployment back into the work force. Crowell says that TANF is a working partnership between the government and the unemployed, and the first thing that needs to be done is to make sure that those on the public roles are not drug abusers. “You’re not going to find a permanent, well-paying job today in the private sector,” he notes, “if you can’t pass a drug screen.”

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