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House, Senate negotiating welfare drug test bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana lawmakers trying to pass a bill requiring drug tests for some welfare recipients say they have passed voluntary drug tests.

The move comes amid negotiations between the state House and Senate to agree on a final draft of the bill. Lawmakers met Thursday to start hashing out the final details.

Republican Sens. Brent Steele of Bedford and Mike Young of Indianapolis say calls by some to also test lawmakers for drugs are unnecessary. They say they both went to an Indianapolis hospital and passed drug tests.

House and Senate members now must negotiate changes to the bill before it goes before each body for a final vote. If approved, the measure will go before Gov. Mike Pence.



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