Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indiana House Approves Welfare Drug Test Bill

Phillip Smith
Stop The Drug War

The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a "reasonable suspicion" drug testing bill for welfare recipients. House Bill 1483 advanced to the state Senate on a 78-17 vote.

The bill would require all adult recipients of Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to undergo an assessment to see if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they might be using illicit drugs. Recipients who are deemed "suspicious" would then go into a pool for random drug testing, with half of the pool members being subjected to drug testing.

People who fail the drug test would lose their benefits unless they enrolled in a drug treatment program and produced negative results on future drug tests. Repeated positive drug tests could result in the permanent loss of benefits.


The bill defines "reasonable suspicion" as having been charged with a drug offense, having previously presented positive drug test results, or having been assessed as a likely drug user by the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory test, a commercial test that claims a 90% accuracy rate.

The House approved the bill despite a legislative staff financial analysis that showed the state would spend $2.7 million on the program to possibly the save the state $1.5 million in denied benefits. That means the state would lose $1.2 million next year if the bill were to become law.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

These lawmakers are such asshats. If they are so concerned with misuse of state money, drug test ALL people who are on the public dole, and yes, especially the politicans.
Watch that kill this witch hunt for drug users.

Anonymous said...

Republican politicians, just like their Democratic brothers, hate poor people.

Republican voters, just like the criminals they support also hate poor people.
Democratic voters, are gullible, stupid and many things..........but they believe in generosity and compassion towards the poor, unlike the criminals they vote for.

Whatever tiny amount of money is saved from this hate law..........millions more will be spent on Republican run drug rehab companies, Republican run drug testing companies.
The cited $1.2 million dollar deficit is a gross lie. But the fearful brainwashed idiots who voted this Republican government in, will believe it.

Hide Behind said...

Of two minds on this issue, if you are wards of state you are under its demands and conditions, and yes it is Legislators "Responsabily to onsure that public money given for welfare is being used for welfare and not purchasing illegal or non related articles having nothing to do with reason welfare is given.
I would even go further than they would and yes drug sreeings foe all elevted or mon elevted gpvernment employees.
Would slso make it "Mandatory".
Would require that all who receive government backed loans for education be screened each semester.
That said I also believe all marojuana laws and redtoctopns upon use be decriminalized except in cases of minors being even sevondary inhalers ,and in cases of public endangerment such as DUI levels.
When mentioned decriminalize that is not the same as legalize; Legalize only in regards to minors and public safety, with goverment completely out of bounds to tax or make any other laws on marijuana including the import of it.
There are many forms of welfare and not all are found in corporate or public asdistance due to physical or mental disababilitys.
I refer to city tows and municipalitys where locals will not pay for maintenance of those entitys out of own pockets
We have created an overclass of people who depend on government welfare for their incomes ; Such as the tens of thousands of nont gpr profits and public private or religious and vharitable organizations where salarys are one way or another paid of public treasurys.
Those postions are where the middle class robs from the poor but receive very high welfare checks and are no more than generators of those salarys.
NOT THAT ALL AMERICANS AND FOREIGNERS WITHIN OUR BORDERS HAVE BECOME "WARDS" OF THE STATE,HELL YES, MAKE IT MANDATORY WE ALL TAKE A PISS TEST EACH MONTH.

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