In the state of Indiana one of the original supporters of the bill for drug testing welfare applicants, Rep. Jud McMillin has now withdrawn the bill after it had passed. Before it was passed one of his Democratic companions included that lawmakers submit a drug test as well.
Rep McMillin is quoted as having said, “here was an amendment offered today that required drug testing for legislators as well and it passed, which led me to have to then withdraw the bill.”
Although he has intentions of re-introducing the bill. He temporarily withdrew it, due to arguable constitutional issues. He plans on introducing an option for people to opt out of random drug testing. If an applicants chooses to opt out of random drug testing, they would then only be tested if “reasonable suspicion” is witnessed. He defines reasonable suspicion by a person’s attitude, being found guilty for a crime and also by missing mandatory appointments at the welfare office.
The Indiana State Rep. Ryan Dvorak who proposed lawmakers should also submit drug tests is quoted as saying: “After it passed, Rep. McMillin got pretty upset and pulled his bill. 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.”
McMillin was noted as saying he had no problem submitting a drug test and when he returns the new bill, lawmaker drug testing will be included. “I would think legislators that are here who are responsible for the people who voted them in, they should be more than happy to consent,” he said. “Give me the cup right now and I will be happy to take the test.”
Within the last year Republican lawmakers have proposed drug testing for welfare applicants in over 30 states.