A bill that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients has been approved by the Indiana House of Representatives.
Under the measure, people who sign up for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have to complete a written test to screen for drug abuse. Those suspected of having a problem would be drug tested and if they fail, would have to seek treatment to continue getting benefits.
The bill passed the Republican-controlled chamber today, 78-17. Democrat Charlie Brown voted no, calling the legislation “elitist.”