The MCC and Catholic Charities of Missouri submitted comments on proposed regulations relating to drug testing applicants for welfare benefits, also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The regulations were issued to implement a law passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2011 requiring all applicants for these benefits to be tested upon suspicion of illegal drug use or dependency. The MCC and Catholic Charities organizations opposed the law when it was debated, in part because of a lack of data indicating welfare recipients are more apt to use illegal drugs than other recipients of state funds. The MCC submitted comments in hopes of ensuring those tested are provided due process and fairness. For a copy of the MCC’s comments, click here.