welfare benefits http://apr.org en Lawmakers Approve Welfare Changes http://apr.org/post/lawmakers-approve-welfare-changes The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill requiring people to apply for three jobs before seeking welfare benefits. The Senate voted 28-1 Thursday to go along with changes the House made in the bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill applies to applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly called welfare. It not only requires applicants to apply for three jobs, but to keep applying for jobs once they receive benefits. The Senate also gave final approval Thursday to a bill providing new penalties for welfare fraud. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:28:36 +0000 Associated Press 49594 at http://apr.org Lawmakers Approve Welfare Changes Ala. Senate Approves Drug Testing for Welfare Applicants http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-approves-drug-testing-welfare-applicants The Alabama Senate has approved drug testing for some welfare applicants. The Senate voted 24-4 Wednesday to require drug testing for any welfare applicant with a felony or misdemeanor conviction for drug possession or distribution in the last five years. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Trip Pittman of Daphne, says the legislation would give people using drugs an incentive to stop. His bill would cut off benefits to the head of a household after three failed drug tests, but others in the household would continue to get benefits. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:18:11 +0000 Associated Press 47516 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Approves Drug Testing for Welfare Applicants Alabama Legislators Seek Tougher Welfare Rules http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislators-seek-tougher-welfare-rules <p></p><p>Two Alabama senators are finding support for bills aimed at toughening the rules for welfare benefits, including requiring drug testing of some welfare applicants.</p><p>The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee overwhelmingly approved four bills Wednesday that are sponsored by Republican Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:42:21 +0000 The Associated Press 45427 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislators Seek Tougher Welfare Rules