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Local state rep guides her bills through process

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ellen Brandom
SIKESTON -- If having legislation survive the process of becoming a bill for the first time feels good, state House Republican Ellen Brandom, 160th District, must be feeling great.

Three pieces of legislation introduced by Brandom ended up as bills in one form or another by the time the Missouri General Assembly closed its latest legislative session Friday.

"I was really pleased that my TANF bill passed both the House and the Senate," Brandom said Monday. "Taxpayers are working so hard to earn their money, they do not want it used to subsidize anyone's illegal use of drugs."

This was the third year Brandom attempted to get legislation passed that would implement drug tests of state welfare recipients and applicants who are suspected of illegal drug use.

When Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was passed, it was clearly not intended for illegal drug users, Brandom said.

"When the federal legislation was passed in 1995 that established TANF, it was touted as a 'welfare to work' program with tremendous emphasis on personal responsibility," she said. "It spells out in the statutes that if you have ever been convicted of a felony drug charge, you can not apply for the program."

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