Florida Senate - 2011 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 556 Barcode 117026 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/22/2011 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Criminal Justice (Dockery) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 414.145, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 414.145 Drug-screening program.— 8 (1) The Department of Children and Family Services, shall 9 require a drug test consistent with s. 112.0455 to screen each 10 individual that applies for Temporary Assistance to Needy 11 Families (TANF). The cost of drug testing shall be the 12 responsibility of the individual. 13 (a) Individuals subject to the requirements of this section 14 include any parent or caretaker relative who is included in the 15 cash assistance group, including individuals who may be exempt 16 from work activity requirements due to the age of the youngest 17 child or who may be excepted from work activity requirements 18 under s. 414.065(4). 19 (b) Individuals who test positive for controlled substances 20 as a result of a drug test required under this law will be 21 ineligible to receive TANF benefits for one year. 22 (2) The Department of Children and Family Services shall: 23 (a) Provide notice of drug testing to each individual at 24 the time of application. The notice must advise the individual 25 that drug testing will be conducted as a condition for receiving 26 TANF benefits, and that the individual must bear the cost of 27 testing. The individual shall be advised that the required drug 28 testing may be avoided if the individual does not apply for TANF 29 benefits. Children under the age of 18 shall be exempt from the 30 drug-testing requirement. 31 (b) Require that for two-parent families, both parents must 32 comply with the drug testing requirement. 33 (c) Advise each person to be tested, before the test is 34 conducted, that he or she may, but is not required to, advise 35 the agent administering the test of any prescription or over 36 the-counter medication he or she is taking. 37 (d) Require each person to be tested to sign a written 38 acknowledgment that he or she has received and understood the 39 notice and advice provided under paragraphs (a) and (c). 40 (e) Assure each person being tested a reasonable degree of 41 dignity while producing and submitting a sample for drug 42 testing, consistent with the state’s need to ensure the 43 reliability of the sample. 44 (f) Specify circumstances under which a person who fails a 45 drug test has the right to take one or more additional tests. 46 (g) Inform individuals who test positive for controlled 47 substances and are deemed ineligible for TANF benefits that they 48 may re-apply for those benefits one year after the date of the 49 positive drug test. If the individual tests positive again, he 50 or she shall be ineligible to receive TANF benefits for three 51 years from the date of the second positive drug test. 52 (h) Provide any individual who tests positive with 53 information concerning substance abuse treatment programs that 54 may be available in the area in which he or she resides. Neither 55 the department nor the state is responsible for providing or 56 paying for substance abuse treatment as part of the screening 57 conducted under this section. 58 (3) Benefits relating to children: 59 (a) If a parent is deemed ineligible for TANF benefits due 60 to the failure of a drug test under this act, his or her 61 dependent child’s eligibility for TANF benefits is not affected. 62 (b) If a parent is deemed ineligible for TANF benefits due 63 to the failure of a drug test, an appropriate protective payee 64 will be established for the benefit of the child. 65 (c) The parent may choose to designate another individual 66 to receive benefits for the parent’s minor child. The designated 67 individual must be an immediate family member or, if an 68 immediate family member is not available or the family member 69 declines the option, another individual, approved by the 70 department, may be designated. The designated individual must 71 also undergo drug testing before being approved to receive 72 benefits on behalf of the child. If the designated individual 73 tests positive for controlled substances, he or she will be 74 deemed ineligible to receive benefits on behalf of the child. 75 (4) The Department of Children and Families shall adopt 76 rules as necessary to implement this law. 77 Section 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2011. 78 79 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 80 And the title is amended as follows: 81 Delete everything before the enacting clause 82 and insert: 83 A bill to be entitled 84 An act relating Temporary Assistance to Needy 85 Families; creates s. 414.145 F.S.; requiring the 86 Department of Children and Families to perform a drug 87 test on individuals who apply for Temporary Assistance 88 for Needy Families benefits; makes individuals 89 responsible for bearing the cost of drug testing; 90 requiring certain notice; providing procedures for 91 testing, and retesting; providing for notice of local 92 substance abuse programs; providing that, if a parent 93 is deemed ineligible due to a failure of a drug test, 94 the eligibility of the children will not be affected; 95 providing an effective date.