Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) of Indiana’s general assembly removed a bill that would have required all welfare recipients to be drug tested in order to continue receiving benefits. Although Republicans across the country have tried to institute such measures, McMillin decided to pull the bill after an amendment requiring lawmakers to also undergo drug testing was passed.
So why did Rep. McMillin decide to pull his bill? Apparently, drug testing politicians is unconstitutional.
According to the Huffington Post, “the Supreme Court ruled drug testing for political candidates unconstitutional in 1997, striking down a Georgia law. McMillin said he withdrew his bill so he could reintroduce it on Monday with a lawmaker drug testing provision that would pass constitutional muster.”
Rep. McMillin’s bill is just one of over 30 introduced across the country that target low income people. Florida passed a law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, claiming it would save the state money, however it found that 98% of the people tested were not using drugs. The measure ended up costing the state millions of dollars and was later struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
Democrats in Indiana’s general house say the bill is nothing more than an attack on low income citizens and is unfair.
“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.”
What do you think? Should both politicians and welfare recipients be subject to drug testing?