Food restrictions back in Ind. welfare bill draft

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A contentious measure to screen and drug test some welfare recipients and to limit food stamp use to only “nutritional” foods has resurfaced in the Indiana General Assembly with days left to vote on the bill.

A proposal circulated Wednesday afternoon shows Republican Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville reinserted provisions to screen all Temporary Assistance for Needy Families applicants for drugs. If they show likelihood of addiction, they would face drug testing.

Any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients also would be banned from using benefits to buy certain items such as sugary drinks or candy.

Senate changes to the bill nixed the food benefits restrictions and limited drug tests to only applicants with prior drug convictions.

The Legislature is expected to conclude its session Thursday. 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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