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Drug tests required for assistance? Whitley Co. weighs in

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Representatives from Indiana’s Statehouse passed a bill that will screen welfare recipients for drug use and limit residents to buy only “nutritional” foods with food stamps.

Last week, State Representatives voted 71-22 in favor of the bill. The measure would require residents who receive money from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to take a questionnaire screening for substance abuse, which could lead to an actual drug test.

Although the bill was one of the less controversial issues legislators will debate this session, Whitley County residents have strong opinions on the intention of the bill.

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