IBJNews

Bill to drug test Indiana welfare recipients advances

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

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.

The state 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.

The bill 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.

Testing 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Unforseen consequences
    The issue for me, other than costing taxpayers more than it saves them (see Florida), is that you further punish dependents of those abusing drugs. What do you do when a parent fails a drug test? Cut their benefits? Okay, how do their kids get fed when they have no means of providing food? Do the kids become wards of the state? That's the last thing the state or the kids need.
  • Most?
    Most companies drug test? Most companies randomly drug test? No. Most companies do not drug test. If you need a drug test to tell that someone is a bad employee you probably shouldn't be in management.
  • What a waste..
    What we know from previous attempts at this in other states is that the cost to implement the plan far exceeds the savings. But hey... don't let facts get in the way of making political hay and justifying racist and classist screed. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2758871/floridas-welfare-drug-tests-cost.html
  • Written???
    I am all for drug testing to be put in place to help alleviate some of the abuse our welfare system goes through. But a written test? Really??? Because everyone is going to be so honest??? Most people have to have to be drug tested before they are hired into a new company and most require random testing thereafter. If the general public has to sequester to drug testing to earn a paycheck then I don't understand why it is an issue to have someone tested for drugs in their system (randomly) before they qualify for our tax dollars to be handed out to them...
    • It's about time!
      I think it should extend to tobacco and alcohol. If you can afford cigarettes, liquor or illegal drugs, you sure don't need help from me!
    • Another test?
      A written test? Really?
    • Drug Testing
      There are people who use their cash assistance and food stamp cards to trade for drugs so I am all for it. They should also enforce the other regulations that already exist regarding number of people living in section 8 housing who are not on the lease. There are people out there who really need the assistance while they get back on their feet and there are others who make public assistance a career.
    • Test the Legislature
      I propose that all members of the State Legislature be drug tested every month. It seems to me that if we are looking to verify substance abuse we should start at the top and work our way to the bottom.
    • waste
      drug testing is the biggest waste of money and time. it proves absolutely nothing! cocaine can get our of your system in a day, same w/ most drugs. only drug that lingers around is pot, and marijuana laws need to be changed because its not a drug. there are many ways to pass these tests, its a joke they even require them for anything anymore
    • Weak law
      I have no idea why this is even an issue, there are no rules, allowing companies to work for the Feds on contracting jobs that say ANYTHING about a written test ! Random test are the only answer to find the real abuse of an absurd, ABUSED WELFARE SYSTEM ! Drug test rule should simply be,#JustDoIt pass you get help, fail,well.........!

    Post a comment to this story

    COMMENTS POLICY
    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
     
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
     
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
     
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
     
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
     

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    ADVERTISEMENT

    facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
     
    Subscribe to IBJ
    1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

    2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

    3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

    4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

    5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

    ADVERTISEMENT