Welfare recipient drug testing clears Indiana Senate

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Some welfare recipients would face drug testing to keep receiving benefits under a proposal that the Indiana Senate has approved.

The bill would require all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to complete a written screening test for possible drug abuse problems. Those later failing a drug test would have to seek treatment to continue receiving benefit payments.

Testing supporters say it's aimed at helping those with drug problems and protecting children. Democratic Sen. Lindel Hume of Princeton says he opposed the proposal because he doesn't believe the state should spend money on a program that could intimidate some needy people from seeking assistance.

The Senate voted 38-12 Wednesday in favor of the bill. The House earlier approved a different version.


  • Corporate Welfare Queens are ok?
    Thanks for your concern about my employment status JEB. I have two jobs. I am also familiar with drug testing. I'm quite sure that a lot of executives and CEO's aren't drug tested in order to receive corporate subsidies and welfare. Like you, I'm just concerned about my tax dollars! I don't want some CEO lounging around on a golf course instead of working and properly using my tax dollars! We need to be equal here. Just so you know JEB, The government spent about $59 billion to pay for traditional social welfare programs like food stamps and housing assistance in 2006, while Uncle Sam doled out $92 billion in assistance to corporations during the same year. I'll bet quite a bit of that welfare for big businesses isn't used for it's intended purposes either which is job creation and business stability.
  • Jeb
    I love it when folks like you and Mikey look down their noses at others while your own spelling and reading comprehension skills need so much work. These programs are costing taxpayers more than they're saving, Jeb. I can't dumb it down any further for you. I'm sorry that you fell for the "welfare queen" boogeyman again, but you're wasting energy raving about a problem that doesn't exist. I'm truly sorry, but you need to find something else to hate. I have faith that you can do that.
  • More posturing, no substance.
    I have worked in criminal justice most of my life...this has no hope of working...real users are so much more clever than any "test" you are going to give people...investigate how well this worked in Florida when they tried it...cost a fortune, saved pracitcally nothing...nothing but a good soundbyte for some of the commenters here...what a high end discussion it is, by the way...every single stereotype and cliche is here...well done!
  • Test Validity
    Whats the test question------Do you do drugs? That will get a lot of true answers!
  • Confused on who is paying their bills
    Hey Misguided GOP...who in the heck do you think pays all of your bills? Mainly the working population and the big business owner creating jobs for the single moms. You must be out of work and for so long that you do not know that almost every company out there does drug testing. By the way, if she is a single mom, she should not be doing drugs anyway, and if she cannot pay her bills, but she is working, she deserves some help.
    All those that do not want to work for their money want to complain about any restrictions or reform. I DO NOT WANT MY HARD EARNED MONEY PAYING FOR PEOPLE THAT SIT AROUND AND DO DRUGS ALL DAY. If you are not using MY money for YOUR bad habits...no worries. By they way, welfare is abused by white people and black people. There are lazy people in all races, so STOP making everything about black/ white...this is 2013. I doubt there are many black people still living that were slaves...that is all done. Indians are the only ones that have any right to be whining about discrimination. Obviously conservatives have some ideas on welfare reform to save the WORKING populations money. What ideas do you have "ME". Maybe I would like to sit at home on my fat butt and have someone else pay my bills, but I do not do that. I am sick and tired of paying for ignorant lazy people's bad habits. Has anyone seen the studies? How much of MY hard-earned money pays for some slob to buy his cigarettes, buy his beer, go to the nude bar, and party it up? I agree with Mikey...you want money...work for it. If it is a government hand out...you still work for it!!
  • Mikey
    You might want to adjust the color on that picture in your head. Particularly in an almost 100% white state like Indiana, most of the folks on welfare are white. I don't have a problem with this bill per se, but I do wonder why our legislature is letting an out of state organization like ALEC write our laws and who is ultimately benefitting from this added expenditure. This program cost the state of Florida a fortune, but only saved something like $3,000 in rescinded benefits (before, of course, the whole thing was suspended by the courts). I wish our legislature would stop with the useless showboating (yes, you're conservative, we get it) and create something viable for once.
  • stupid waste of money
    Poor people, as a whole, cannot afford drugs. So why throw more money at a non-problem instead of creating job training workshops, resume building centers, and community outreach? Well, that wouldn't be nearly as racist as this. OH WAIT! White people get welfare too!
  • Test 'em all
    Don't forget the government office holders. They take public money and should be tested. Maybe we should make them take an IQ test as well. (We all know this is just to drive the poor and needy down more.)
  • Make drug testing across the board...
    If we're going to start tying strings to welfare we should do it across the board. Big business owners better start stepping up for drug tests too! Lots of corporate welfare goes on in this state and those recipients get a lot less scrutiny than some single mom working at Wal-mart.
    • Lazy folks
      It's about time our gov't stops encouraging the lazy and 'entitlement mentality' to do nothing but reproduce. the next step is require all welfare recipients to work for the city/state while on welfare. make them cleanup trash on the roads, do work like that. it would improve our city and make these idiots do something but sit around the house breeding gangbangers.

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