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Indiana Lawmaker: Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Doesn't Target Poor (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Rep. Jud McMillin.Rep. Jud McMillin.

Republican state Rep. Jud McMillin of Indiana claimed on April 16 that a proposed measure to drug test some welfare recipients in his state was not "focusing on poor people."

“Well, I think it’s gonna to save a whole bunch of money and it certainly isn’t focusing on poor people. What it focuses on is people who are using drugs," McMillin told "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade, noted RawStory.com (video below).

Kilmeade replied, "But if you’re on welfare, usually you don’t have that much money. So it might not be wrong to label them poor people.”

“Well, it might not be wrong to label those people less, you’re correct, they don’t have as much money as some other folks do,” McMillin stated. “But just because they don’t have that money doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be making sure the taxpayer dollars are used efficiently when they do get it.”

McMillin confirmed the drug testing proposal would affect between 20,000 and 30,000 people

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McMillin did not mention drug testing executives of companies that receive corporate welfare in the form of tax breaks or subsidies from the state.

Pal-Item.com reported in 2014 that McMillan advocated for state financial grants, a form of corporate welfare, for companies with which he had family and former financial ties.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana state House voted 79-15 this week to amend Senate Bill 465 with the drug testing requirement, which Democrat state Rep. Terry Goodin added.

The amendment will target welfare recipients for drug testing if they have been identified as high risk for drug abuse or have been charged with a crime related to drugs.

A similar law passed in Florida was struck down by a federal court in 2013 because it "violated the protection against unreasonable searches," reported The New York Times.

Sources: RawStory.com, Indianapolis Star, The New York Times, Pal-Item.com
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