(AP) — A legislative committee is backing a proposal to require drug
testing for some Indiana welfare recipients despite complaints that it's
unfair to the state's neediest residents.
Senate Health Committee voted 9-3 Wednesday in favor of requiring all
applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to
complete a written screening test for possible drug abuse problems.
approved by the House would require those later failing a drug test to
enter a treatment program to keep receiving benefit payments. The Senate
committee changed the bill to allow those on treatment waiting lists to
remain eligible for benefits.
supporters say it's aimed at helping those with drug problems and
protecting children. Some faulted the proposal for not providing money for
additional treatment programs.