drug testing http://kmuw.org en State To Begin Million-Dollar Drug Testing Program For Welfare Recipients http://kmuw.org/post/state-begin-million-dollar-drug-testing-program-welfare-recipients <p>Kansas is set to begin a drug testing program next year for some welfare recipients.</p><p>The state's program is similar to one in Missouri. After eight months, and 636 drug test requests, Missouri's program this year cost nearly $500,000 and found 20 people who tested positive.</p><p>Like Missouri, Kansas will test welfare recipients who are suspected of drug use, sometimes flagged by tests or a questionnaire.</p><p>The Kansas law cuts off benefits for welfare recipients who are reasonably suspected of drug use and test positive.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:09:58 +0000 Associated Press 28168 at http://kmuw.org Drug Testing Law For Legislators Has No Penalties http://kmuw.org/post/drug-testing-law-legislators-has-no-penalties <p>Some Kansas lawmakers could be required to submit to drug testing next legislative session as part of a new law. But it appears there would be no legal or financial consequences if they test positive for drug use. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:17:06 +0000 Stephen Koranda 27943 at http://kmuw.org Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities http://kmuw.org/post/maize-schools-end-random-drug-tests-students-after-school-activities <p>The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.</p><p>Maize's School Board <a href="http://www.boarddocs.com/ks/mzufsd266/Board.nsf/Public">recently voted to eliminate</a> the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.</p><p>A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:13:21 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 16485 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Signs Drug Testing Bill http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-signs-drug-testing-bill <p>Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill into law that allows drug testing for people receiving some types of state assistance or unemployment payments.</p><p>Brownback called drug use a “scourge” in Kansas.<br><br>People receiving certain assistance payments could be tested if there’s suspicion they’re using drugs. If they test positive, they would have to complete drug treatment and job training.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:29:26 +0000 Stephen Koranda 15796 at http://kmuw.org Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature http://kmuw.org/post/drug-testing-bill-awaits-govs-signature <p>Senators have sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk that would require Kansas residents who receive welfare and unemployment benefits to submit to drug testing. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:37:14 +0000 Associated Press 15098 at http://kmuw.org Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate http://kmuw.org/post/drug-testing-bill-advances-kansas-senate <p>The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking certain welfare benefits, after amending it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.</p><p></p><p>Wednesday night's vote advanced the bill to final Senate action Thursday. Passage would send it to the House.</p><p>The bill would require the Department of Children and Family Services to screen applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for illegal drug use.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:04:56 +0000 Associated Press 13414 at http://kmuw.org Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate Top Morning News 2.28.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-22813 <p><em>Bill would require drug testing for welfare recipients; Company beats out Beechcraft for plane contract; Gov. Brownback praises officials for storm response.</em></p><p><strong>Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate</strong></p><p>The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking welfare benefits. It was approved after Senators amended it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/drug-testing-bill-advances-kansas-senate"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More...</span></a></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:39:53 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 13416 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.28.13