senate Bill S3905A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires applicants for public assistance to submit to a drug test

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to social services
Aug 26, 2013 print number 3905a
amend (t) and recommit to social services
Feb 26, 2013 referred to social services

Co-Sponsors

S3905 - Details

Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §132, add §§147-a & 147-b, Soc Serv L; add §85, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5728

S3905 - Summary

Enacts the "welfare reform act" to require applicants for public assistance to submit to a drug test; provides that the illegal use of a controlled substance, indicated in such a test, shall result in the denial of public assistance benefits; such provisions do not apply to persons 65 or older; prohibits the sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or lottery tickets with public assistance benefits (view more) prohibits the use of public assistance benefits, by means of an electronic benefit transfer transaction, at a liquor store, casino or adult entertainment facility; establishes the public assistance integrity fund.

S3905 - Sponsor Memo

S3905 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3905

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to drug testing  of
  certain public assistance applicants

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 132 of the social services law, as
added by section 23 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997,  para-
graphs  (a) and (c) as amended by chapter 214 of the laws of 1998, para-
graphs (d), (e), (f) and (g) as amended by section  43-a  and  paragraph
(i)  as added by section 44 of part C of chapter 58 of the laws of 2008,
is amended to read as follows:
  4. (a) Investigation into [the cause of] the condition of  a  head  of
household  or  of  any  adult  applicant [or recipient and the treatment
which will be  helpful  to  such  person],  WHO  IS  UNDER  THE  AGE  OF
SIXTY-FIVE  YEARS, shall include a URINE DRUG TEST screening PROCESS for
[alcohol and/or substance abuse] ILLEGAL USE  OF  CONTROLLED  SUBSTANCES
using  a  standardized screening [instrument] PROCESS to be developed by
the office of alcoholism and substance abuse  services  in  consultation
with  the  department OF HEALTH.  Such screening shall be performed by a
social services district at the time of  application  [and  periodically
thereafter  but  not  more  frequently than every six months, unless the
district has reason to believe that an applicant or recipient is abusing
or dependent on alcohol or drugs, in accordance with regulations promul-
gated by the department] AT THE EXPENSE OF SUCH  HEAD  OF  HOUSEHOLD  OR
ADULT APPLICANT.
  (b)  When  the  screening  process  indicates  that there is reason to
believe that an applicant or recipient is [abusing or dependent on alco-
hol or drugs] ENGAGED IN THE ILLEGAL USE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE,  the
social  services  district  shall [require a formal alcohol or substance
abuse assessment, which may include drug testing, to be performed by  an

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07289-01-3

Co-Sponsors

S3905A (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §132, add §§147-a & 147-b, Soc Serv L; add §85, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5728

S3905A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "welfare reform act" to require applicants for public assistance to submit to a drug test; provides that the illegal use of a controlled substance, indicated in such a test, shall result in the denial of public assistance benefits; such provisions do not apply to persons 65 or older; prohibits the sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or lottery tickets with public assistance benefits (view more) prohibits the use of public assistance benefits, by means of an electronic benefit transfer transaction, at a liquor store, casino or adult entertainment facility; establishes the public assistance integrity fund.

S3905A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3905A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3905--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. BALL, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Social Services --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to drug testing of
  certain public assistance applicants, prohibiting the sale or purchase
  of alcoholic beverages,  tobacco  products  or  lottery  tickets  with
  public  assistance  benefits  and prohibiting use of or access to such
  benefits in a casino, liquor store or  adult  entertainment  facility;
  and  to  amend  the state finance law, in relation to establishing the
  public assistance integrity fund

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.   Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "welfare reform act".
  S 2.  Subdivision 4 of section 132 of  the  social  services  law,  as
added  by section 23 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, para-
graphs (a) and (c) as amended by chapter 214 of the laws of 1998,  para-
graphs  (d),  (e),  (f) and (g) as amended by section 43-a and paragraph
(i) as added by section 44 of part C of chapter 58 of the laws of  2008,
is amended to read as follows:
  4.  (a)  Investigation  into [the cause of] the condition of a head of
household or of any adult applicant  [or  recipient  and  the  treatment
which  will  be  helpful  to  such  person],  WHO  IS  UNDER  THE AGE OF
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS, shall include a URINE DRUG TEST screening PROCESS  for
[alcohol  and/or  substance  abuse] ILLEGAL USE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
using a standardized screening [instrument] PROCESS to be  developed  by
the  office  of  alcoholism and substance abuse services in consultation
with the department OF HEALTH.  Such screening shall be performed  by  a
social  services  district  at the time of application [and periodically
thereafter but not more frequently than every  six  months,  unless  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07289-03-3

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