LePage bill calls for changes to welfare programs

LePage bill calls for changes to welfare programs


TANKERS FROM NEARBY TOWN SPRINT KNOWN WAS HURT AND NO CAUSE. ERIN: THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING TO CRACK DOWN ON DRUG USE OF WELFARE RECIPIENTS. NORM: KYLE JONES’S LIFE AT THE STATEHOUSE WERE THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC HEARING ON A PROPOSAL LATER THIS MORNING. KYLE” GOOD MORNING, TODAY THE LEGISLATURE WILL HEAR A PROPOSAL THAT COULD PREVENT ANYONE CONVICTED OF A DRUG FELONY FROM RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS OR TANIF , WHICH IS TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. THAT WOULD PUT THE MAIN RULES ON DRUG TESTING CLOSER TO FEDERAL LAW. THE FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE CONVICTED OF DRUG-RELATED FELONIES FROM GETTING WELFARE UNLESS THE STATE ALLOWED IT AND THE STATE OF MAINE DID IT A FEW YEARS AGO. THIS NEW PROPOSAL COULD END THAT AND IT WOULD STOP ANYONE WITH A FELONY DRUG CONVICTION FROM GETTING THE BENEFIT AND INCLUDE DRUG ABUSE SCREENINGS FOR ALL TANF RECIPIENTS. ANYONE RECEIVING BENEFITS WOULD BE TESTED BEFORE LOSING THEIR BENEFITS. IT IS DESIGNED TO TRANSITION PEOPLE FROM USING TO WORK. THE STATE LEGISLATURES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

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