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Published December 31, 2013, 03:45 PM

MN law to require drug testing of welfare recipients

The new law requires the Minnesota Department of Human Services to notify counties after officials identify people on welfare who have been convicted of a felony drug offense. The testing applies to people who receive Minnesota Supplemental Aid, General Assistance and the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

A new Minnesota law will require random drug tests to some welfare recipients.

The new law requires the Minnesota Department of Human Services to notify counties after officials identify people on welfare who have been convicted of a felony drug offense. The testing applies to people who receive Minnesota Supplemental Aid, General Assistance and the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

If an aid recipient tests positive, that person could face sanctions. They can also can pass a second drug test within a month to clear their record. Only those who have prior felony drug convictions will have random tests. Counties across the state, including Polk County, are required to put random drug testing of those people in place.

"How we're doing that random drug testing in Polk County is we're going to set it up on a quarterly basis and it will be very random," said Jaclyn Martin with Polk County Social Services.

Social Services employees say more than 3,000 people are on public assistance in Polk County.

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