INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A bill that would require screening for possible drug
use by welfare recipients is moving forward in the Indiana Legislature.
A House committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to advance the bill. The bill would
require Indiana residents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a
likelihood of addiction. Benefits would continue if they test positive as
long as they enter treatment.
An amendment removed a mandate for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program to show photo identification.
Committee chairwoman Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse says photo identification
is impractical because of the cost and inevitable battle with the federal
Bill sponsor Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville says he might try to reinsert
the requirement later.