Indiana House Passes Bill Mandating Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
I’ve always been an advocate for making welfare as unpleasant an experience as possible. I’m not talking bamboo shoots under the fingernails uncomfortable, but uncomfortable enough to make it more trouble than it’s worth. Indiana is doing that, and guarding taxpayer money at the same time:
A contentious bill to screen welfare recipients for drug abuse and limit residents to buy only “nutritional” foods with food stamps is moving forward.
State representatives voted 71-22 in favor of the bill Tuesday.
The bill would require residents who receive money from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to take a questionnaire screening for substance abuse and possibly face drug testing.
The bill also would restrict what can be bought through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Recipients only would be able to purchase foods deemed “nutritional” by the state, which state Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville says likely would prohibit using benefits to buy candy and soda.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, they’re shooting down bills that prohibit EBT cards from being used in weed shops.
And honestly, that’s how it should be. Fifty little laboratories. If you don’t want pot heads spending your tax money at head shops, then move to Indiana.
Hat Tip: : Weasel Zippers
Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.