Drug testing for welfare recipients suffers setback

Those who want to drug test welfare recipients in Indiana suffered a setback on Friday.

The bill was withdrawn in the House after it was suggested that the pool of people to be drug tested should expand to include lawmakers themselves.

Rep Ryan Dvorak of South Bend says, “My thought is that if we're going to look at requiring the poorest and neediest of our citizens to be drug tested for receiving government largesse, then I think that us, as the salaried members of the general assembly, should also be subject to the same sort of program.”

Representative Dvorak's amendment also called for lawmakers to receive daily breathalyzer tests for alcohol.

Shortly after the amendment passed, the author of the bill withdrew the measure.

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