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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 840         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 71


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



F. Jay Barrows


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to public assistance substance screening.






F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Donald Humason


Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 840        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 71

By Mr. Barrows of Mansfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 71) of F. Jay Barrows and others for legislation to establish a substance screening program within the Department of Transitional Assistance.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 974 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to public assistance substance screening.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 1: The Department of Transitional Assistance shall establish a program for random drug testing persons receiving public assistance, not inclusive to food stamps. This program shall be applied only to individual(s) who hold prior convictions on any drug related charge. This includes but is not limited to drug possession and intent to distribute.

              Section 2: The Department of Transitional Assistance shall provide suitable remedies to individuals with positive drug tests. The department shall also develop strategies to help ensure that participants receiving transitional assistance are drug-free. Individuals who do not comply with the rehabilitation recommendations set forth by the department of transitional assistance may face a suspension of their benefits.

              Section 3: The Department of Transitional Assistance shall collect, record, and publish statistics relating to those individuals who collect public assistance and test positive for substances for which they do not have a prescription. 

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