Poverty Law

SS SCS HCS HB 73 & 47 – Temporary Assistance Benefits for Needy Families Program Requires the Department of Social Services to develop a program to screen applicants or for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program benefits and test each person whom the department has reasonable cause to believe engages in the illegal use of a controlled substance.

An applicant or recipient who test positive for the illegal use of a controlled substance which has not been prescribed by a licensed health care provider or who refuses to submit to a test must, after an administrative hearing by the department, be declared ineligible for TANF benefits for three years from the date of the administrative hearing decision and must be referred to an appropriate substance abuse treatment program approved by the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse within the Department of Mental Health.  An applicant or recipient who enters and successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program and does not test positive for the illegal use of a controlled substance for six months from the date of entry into the program, will continue to receive benefits while participating in the program. 

Case workers of applicants or recipients are required to report or cause a report to be made to the Children’s Division within the department of any suspected child abuse as a result of drug abuse when an applicant or recipient has tested positive for the illegal use of a controlled substance or has refused to be tested.  Any member of a household, which includes a person who has been declared ineligible for TANF benefits, if otherwise eligible, will continue to receive benefits as protective or vendor payments to a third-party payee. (Signed 7/12/11)

SS#2 SCS HCS HB 111 – Judicial procedures (See Judicial Administration)

*SCS HB 256 – Basic civil legal services fund Extends the expiration date of the provisions regarding the Basic Civil Legal Services Fund from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2018.  Drafted by The Missouri Bar’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee (Vetoed 7/8/11, on the basis that this bill was duplicative of S.B. 165, which was signed on 7/8/11)

CCS/HCS/SB 48 – Utilities (See Utilities Law)

SCS HB 661 – Debt adjusters (See Commercial Law)

*SB 165 – Basic civil legal services fund Extends the expiration date of the provisions regarding the Basic Civil Legal Services Fund from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2018. Drafted by The Missouri Bar’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee (Signed 7/8/11)

 

Index of Bills by Subject Matter

Key
  • CCS - Conference Committee Substitute
  • HB - House Bill
  • HCS - House Committee Substitute
  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
  • SB - Senate Bill
  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation