Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers

Last Friday, Indiana state Rep. Jud McMillin withdrew his bill to create a pilot program that would test potential welfare recipients for drug usage, an idea that was struck down in a similar fashion in Florida last year. (The Florida Department of Children and Families found that only 2.5 percent of almost 2,000 welfare recipients tested positive for drugs and only 2 percent declined to take the test.)

In response to McMillin resurrecting the bill in Indiana, Democrats decided to add an amendment that would require drug testing for lawmakers. McMilliin withdrew his bill that same day, citing it unconstitutional. Indiana state Rep. Ryan Dvorak was the Democrat who introduced the amendment.

“After it passed, Rep. McMillin got pretty upset and pulled his bill,” Dvorak 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.” Clearly attempting to save face, McMillin’s response was that he’s fine with being tested and will resubmit the bill. “I’ve only withdrawn temporarily… give me the cup right now and I will be happy to take the test,” he said.

Do we buy McMillin’s reasoning, or do his actions scream “hypocrite?”

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