Welfare Reform 2.0 MFIP/GA Disqualifications – Drug Testing / Criminal Records

Second Chance Supporters: Jessica Webster from the Legal Services Advocacy Project has done an excellent job creating a list of bills that disqualify MFIP/GA clients that involve drug use/testing and criminal records and arrest records. I wanted to pass along the information shared.

WELFARE REFORM 2.0

DRUG SCREENING
HF1889/SF1535 (Quam/Nienow) – MFIP/GA drug screening where “suspicion” exists; 3 year ban for a positive
HF1919/SF1801 (Drazkowski/Benson) – Broad MFIP drug screening. 1 year ban for a positive.
SF1665 (Ingebretsen) – MFIP drug screening; 1 year ban for positive
SF1506 (Gazelka) – Broad public programs drug screening; MFIP, GA, Food support, Medical Assistance (also includes the requirement of a photo on the EBT card); indefinite suspension of benefits

DRUG OFFENSE DISQUALIFICATION
SF1877 (Drazkowski) – Permanent cash AND food support ban for anyone with a drug offense since 1997.
HF2080 (Daudt) – Ban on cash assistance to anyone with a drug offense 10 years prior to application.

NEW RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR BENEFITS
SF1507 (Gazelka) – 60 day durational residency for MFIP/GA (increase from 30); photo on an EBT card
HF2250/SF1835 (Daudt/Gazelka) – 60 day durational residency for MFIP/GA (increase from 30)

“WELFARE FRAUD”
HF1956/SF1598 (Anderson/Newman) – Law enforcement mandated reporting on “multiple EBT cards”
SF1877 (Drazkowski) – Requires storage of driver’s license photographs to use for verifying citizenship for MFIP; requires State to regularly report anyone who has been convicted of a felony drug offense to the Commisioner of Human Services.

“WELFARE REFORM”
HF2080/SF1833 (Daudt/Benson) – 36 month time limit on MFIP (decrease from 60 months); decrease exit level to 100%FPG; expedited sanctions (from 7 to 3 occurrences); 10 year look back and MFIP ban for prior drug offenses; removal of optional vendoring for persons with a drug offense on a 15 year look back; mandated criminal background checks paid for by applicant; requirement to provide fingerprints for out of state applicants if reason to believe an offense exists

NEW EBT RESTRICTIONS
HF2249/SF1834 (Daudt/Benson) – prohibits the use of EBT cash outside of Minnesota

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