Drug Testing & TANF

A bill to require TANF applicants to submit to and pay for a drug test, HB 2388, has passed the state House and now awaits consideration before two Senate committees.  TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and refers to a very small benefit program that provides families with temporary cash assistance in case of a parent’s death, incapacity, absence, or unemployment.  Proponents of HB 2388 argue that testing is necessary to prevent abuse of the program and that denying benefits will save the state money.  Both of these arguments are flawed and OK Policy has a new fact sheet to help you understand why.

Click here to view a 1-page fact sheet on drug testing and TANF

Click here for our blog post


Oklahoma Policy Insititute (OK Policy) advances equitable and fiscally responsible policies that expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy.

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