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Panel Backs Bill for Indiana Welfare Drug Testing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A bill that would require screening for possible drug use welfare recipients is moving forward in the Indiana Legislature.

A House committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to advance the bill. The bill would require Indiana residents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction. Benefits would continue if they test positive as long as they enter treatment.

An amendment removed a mandate for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to show photo identification.

Committee chairwoman Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse says photo identification is impractical because of the cost and inevitable battle with the federal government.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville says might try to reinsert the requirement later.

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