Ind. Senate Committee approves drug test for some welfare recipients

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) – Some welfare recipients would have to pass a drug test before receiving state benefits.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the measure Thursday in Indianapolis.

The measure only applies to welfare recipients who have previously been convicted of a drug crime.

Supporters say it’s needed to ensure welfare recipients are not converting benefits into money for buying drugs.

Opponents argue that it violates the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and 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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