Bill Text: NY S00895 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to prohibiting illegal drug use; authorizes random drug testing of individuals receiving public assistance.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-19 - RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN [S00895 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00895-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, O'MARA, ORTT -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed,  and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to the Committee on Social
        AN ACT to amend the social services  law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting
          illegal  drug  use and to authorize random drug testing of individuals
          receiving public assistance
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 132 of the social
     2  services  law,  as  added  by section 23 of part B of chapter 436 of the
     3  laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (b) When the screening process  indicates  that  there  is  reason  to
     5  believe  that  an applicant or recipient is illegally using any drugs or
     6  is abusing or dependent on alcohol or drugs, or in the  event  a  random
     7  drug  test  performed  by  or  on behalf of the social services district
     8  indicates the  presence  of  any  illegal  drugs,  the  social  services
     9  district  shall  require a formal alcohol or substance abuse assessment,
    10  which may include drug testing, to be performed  by  an  alcohol  and/or
    11  substance  abuse  professional  credentialed by the office of alcoholism
    12  and substance abuse services. The assessment may be  performed  directly
    13  by the district or pursuant to contract with the district. Applicants or
    14  recipients who are exempt from participating in work activities pursuant
    15  to section three hundred thirty-two of this chapter shall be exempt from
    16  random drug testing.
    17    §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    18  have become a law provided, however, that the commissioner of  temporary
    19  and  disability  assistance shall have the power to promulgate any rules
    20  or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.