Drug Testing For Welfare Bill Hits “Bump In Road”
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A local lawmaker’s proposal to require citizens to pass a drug test before they can receive public assistance has been stalled in the Indiana House.
Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) authored House Bill 1007. It passed a House committee on Tuesday and was up for debate in the full House on Friday.
The bill’s language states the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration would be required to develop and establish a pilot program in three counties to test for the use of controlled substances under certain conditions by an individual’s receiving money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
House members voted to add an amendment to the bill stating that members of the Indiana General Assembly would also be required to pass a drug test before serving. The amendment passed when 54 lawmakers voted to add it.
McMillin then quickly withdrew the bill.
“Slight bump in the road in the drug testing bill based on Constitutional issues of an amendment that was offered. Have no fear, we’re still gonna move this forward,” McMillin stated on Twitter afterwards.