Indiana lawmakers kill drug screening for welfare

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, right, talks with Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, in the senate chamber on the final day of the 2014 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, right, talks with Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, in the senate chamber on the final day of the 2014 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A controversial measure to screen Indiana welfare recipients for likelihood of addiction and possibly drug test them will not become law.

The measure failed in the last minutes of the General Assembly session Thursday. The House passed the measure 81-17, but the Senate voted 24-24 against the bill and the proposal failed.

The proposal would have required applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to be screened for likelihood of addiction and to possibly be drug tested.

The bill passed easily along party lines in the Republican-dominated House, but faced resistance in the Senate.

Senators criticized the measure as both needlessly expensive and discriminatory against the poor.

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