|Intro:||A Senate filibuster stalled a bill requiring drug tests for welfare recipients.|
Wrap: The Senate postponed its decision because democrats started a two-hour filibuster.
Democrats Joan Bray from St. Louis County and Minority Leader Victor Callahan from Jackson County were particularly vocal in their opposition.
Callahan argues that losing welfare is a burden on the entire family.
|Description: "The people who are the complete total innocent victims in all of this are the kids."|
Some Republicans disagree by saying this welfare program helps people get jobs while other welfare programs are designed to protect families.
From the State Capitol, I'm Nick Berry.
|Intro:||House Republicans voted today to push through a bill that requires drug testing welfare recipients.|
Wrap: Just minutes before the Senate filibustered similar legislation, the House passed the bill.
Opponents said its too expensive and places a burden on children.
Jackson County Democratic Representative Michael Brown spoke about the 58 dollars a month a family would lose if a member were to fail a drug test.
|Description: "These aren't just individuals on drugs; they're parents with a bunch of children and when you take things away from the parents, if you're not helping the parent, you're hurting the children."|
After the bill passed, Jackson County Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt said it was a good week for House Republicans.
The bill would cost about three and a half million dollars a year.
From the State Capitol, I'm Alex Klingelhoeffer
|Intro:||Missouri Democrats say drug testing for welfare recipients is too expensive.|
Wrap: Senate Democrats postponed voting on a bill that would require drug testing for welfare recipients just minutes after the House passed a similar bill.
The bills would cost the state 3.6 million dollars - which partially comes from training social workers to screen for drug abuse.
Democratic Senator Jolie Justus from Jackson County raised concerns that case workers are under trained.
|Description: "They have absolutely no training whatsoever in substance abuse, in any of the holistic type things that you think when you think of case workers. As a matter of fact, they can't even screen for things like domestic violence."|
Democratic Representative Kiki Curls said the waiting list for drug treatment programs is already more than 5,000 names long.
From the State Capitol, I'm Nick Berry with Alex Klingelhoeffer.