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2013 Senate Bill 275: Authorize drug testing of welfare applicants

Public Act 395 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on March 19, 2013
To require drug testing of applicants for various state welfare benefits if a welfare caseworker has a reasonable suspicion, and prohibit benefits if a person tests positive.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on March 19, 2013
Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2013
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 11, 2013
To adopt a version of the bill that authorizes drug treatment referrals for individuals who test positive, rather than automatic benefit cuts.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 12, 2013
To establish that if a welfare recipient who is a parent tests positive for drugs, the child would still be eligible for assistance, and a "protective payee" would be designated to receive the parent's welfare money.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on December 12, 2013
, to establish that if a welfare recipient who is a parent tests positive for drugs, the child would still be eligible for assistance, and a "protective payee" would be designated to receive the parent's welfare money.
Motion by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 12, 2013
To declare the Johnson amendment "not germane" to the purpose of the bill, and therefore out-of-order.
The motion passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 12, 2013
To establish that all records related to the proposed drug tests would be subject to the provisions of a federal health records privacy law ("HIPAA"), and could not be used in court or other proceedings.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 12, 2013
To require the state or a third party insurance payer to pay for drug treatment if a welfare recipient is ordered into such a program.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 12, 2013
To require a report the bill requires on the proposed screening and testing program to include how many individuals are referred to drug treatment programs, and what sanctions have been imposed due to the tests.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2013
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require that welfare benefit recipients or applicants who test positive on the drug tests authorized by House Bill 4118 must be referred to a state-authorized regional substance abuse agency, and cut benefits if the individual refused to enter a drug treatment program. This would begin as a one-year pilot program in three counties.
Received in the House on December 12, 2013
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on December 12, 2013
Reported in the House on September 10, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on December 2, 2014
To require legislators to take drug tests.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on December 2, 2014
To establish that if a welfare recipient who is a parent tests positive for drugs, the child would still be eligible for assistance, and a "protective payee" would be designated to receive the parent's welfare money.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 2, 2014
To tie-bar the bill to House Bills 4610, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4610 would require drug testing for business executives whose firms receive subsidies from the state.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 2, 2014
To require samples taken for drug tests that turn out negative to be disposed of immediately.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2014
Received in the Senate on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 10, 2014
To establish that if a welfare recipient who is a parent tests positive for drugs, the child would still be eligible for assistance, and a "protective payee" would be designated to receive the parent's welfare money.
The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on December 10, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 10, 2014
To require that the cost of any drug use "treatment" prescribed by the proposed testing program be paid for by a state or federal medical welfare plan for which the individual is eligible.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on December 10, 2014
To make documents, interviews, drug test results and more prescribed by the proposes program confidential under the same terms as the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2014
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 24, 2014

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