Bill would replace junk food with healthy choices

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Low-income residents who receive food assistance might not be buying soda and candy bars if an amended Indiana bill becomes law.

State representatives on Monday voted 69-22 in favor of the amendment, which would create standards for what is and is not considered nutritional for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Opponents say the bill mandates healthier choices without creating a safety net to teach proper nutrition.

The legislation would require the state to ask for federal approval of the program if necessary.

The bill also would mandate recipients of some welfare recipients to be screened for signs of addiction and possibly drug tested.

If passed by the full House, the legislation moves to the Senate and then the governor’s office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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