Proposed law requires passing drug test to get food stamps

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Food stamp recipients in Alabama could face drug testing under a bill set to go before state lawmakers.

The bill would allow for SNAP beneficiaries to be tested for illegal substances if “there is a reasonable suspicion” that the person uses or is under the influence of drugs," AL.com reports.

The first positive drug test would result in a warning. A second would make a person ineligible for food stamps for one year.

A provision would allow a parent to designate a third party to receive benefits for a dependent child.

A third positive test would make a person permanently ineligible for SNAP benefits. The bill states a beneficiary who refuses to take a drug test or delays the screening would be ineligible for food stamps.

Kansas does not currently drug test food assistance or child care recipients. Read more about DCF policies: Kansas Department for Children and Families FAQ