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TANF Drug Testing Law Delayed Until Public Hearing

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JACKSON, Miss. - A law requiring Temporary Assistance for Needy Family applicants to complete a questionnaire, and a possible drug test, is now being delayed.

The delay is the result of a request made by a few organizations asking the the Mississippi Department of Human Services to not adopt the law until the period for making written submission and oral presentations has expired.

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi and the Mississippi Center for Justice made the request on June 20 citing the Mississippi Administrative Procedure Law that states an agency is not permitted to adopt the law “until the period for making written submissions and oral presentations has expired."

The law was supposed to go into effect on July 1. A public hearing for the law is scheduled for July 22. 

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