Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Welfare Drug Test Bill Clears Indiana House

Yesterday, the Indiana General Assembly approved a measure that will require some recipients of welfare to undergo drug testing.

I'm no legal scholar, but the new measure, according to the IBJ, has anyone applying for benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to complete a written screening test.  Those identified as "possible drug abusers" to undergo drug testing.  It would then put those that fail a test into a treatment program in order to continue to receive benefits.

A written screening test?  Hmmm...sounds suspicious to me.  What language is it written in?  What kind of test is it?  If I fail, I am identified as a potential "drug abuser" without any evidence of drug use?  Sounds pretty fishy to me.

Democrats tried to put an amendment in that Republicans shot down requiring drug testing for state legislators.  Given some of the craziness coming out of the General Assembly this session, who could blame them?

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