Drug Testing Bill for Welfare Recipients Withdrawn

Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookeville), who sponsored the welfare drug testing policy in Indiana, has decided to withdraw the bill.

Indiana General AssemblyAccording to McMillin, his democratic colleagues in the Indiana General Assembly revised the original bill on welfare recipients’ drug testing to include provisions which extend the said drug testing to lawmakers.

McMillin added that unlike other bills of the same subject, his own creation has been carefully put together to pass even the complications brought about by Constitutional provisions.

Last year, Republican lawmakers have tried to have drug testing policies for those who receive assistance from the government in over 30 states. Some bills even include those who claim for unemployment insurance and food stamps as candidates for drug testing.

However, some of McMillin’s colleagues said that his withdrawal is not a good move. “After it passed, Rep. McMillin got pretty upset and pulled his bill,” Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D- South Bend) said. “If anything, I think it points out some of the hypocrisy. … If we’re going to impose standards on drug testing, then it should apply to everybody who receives government money.”

Dvorak added that testing of lawmakers is not unconstitutional, as how MCMillin perceives it, since the Georgia rule which McMillin cited, is against drug testing only to candidates and not those who are already elected and holding office.

“I would think legislators that are here who are responsible for the people who voted them in, they should be more than happy to consent,” Dvorak said. “Give me the cup right now and I will be happy to take the test.”

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