Drug tests start for Minn. felons on state aid

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota counties are starting to enforce a law passed by the Legislature last year that requires them to randomly test convicted drug felons who are receiving benefits under several state programs.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Wednesday that St. Louis County has already started implementing the program (http://bit.ly/17LCgXl ). The state Department of Human Services says other counties will be doing the same in the coming weeks.

Under the old law, the state only required “self-reporting” of a felony drug record by benefits recipients. The new law requires Human Services to compare lists of welfare recipients with lists of drug felons and pass on matches to counties. The counties then subject those felons to random drug tests.

Failing the test subjects the felons to a partial or complete termination of benefits.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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