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Indiana Senate Panel Deadlocks on Welfare Recipient Drug Testing Bill

A bill that would create a pilot drug testing program for Indiana welfare recipients is stalled in the legislature after a 5-5 vote by a Senate committee today.The House-passed measure proposes a three-county testing program for recipients, but some lawmakers expressed reservations about the possible $1 million cost of launching it. The bill’s original sponsor, Republican Rep. Jud McMillin, says he’ll look for a way to revive it later in the session.The measure passed the House after a provision was added that would require lawmakers to submit to drug tests before receiving perks like parking spots and laptops.(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.