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Legislative Session Ends With the Passage of Several Priority Bills

JEFFERSON CITY— As Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, let the final gavel fall this session, the 96th General Assembly, First Regular Session, came to a close. Approximately 1,455 bills were filed during the 2011 legislative session. Forty-six Senate and 101 House measures were passed by the General Assembly and delivered to the governor for his signature. Several of those measures were approved this week.

Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

Ushered through the upper chamber by Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, House Bills 73 and 47 create the “TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act.” This act would develop a program to test work-eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, applicants and recipients when a person is believed to be using illegal drugs. Operated by the Family Support Division under the Missouri Department of Social Services, this program provides assistance to needy families with children so they can be cared for in their home, while reducing dependency by promoting job preparation and employment.

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