The Indiana Senate approved a bill Wednesday forcing some welfare recipients to take drug tests in order to continue receiving benefits.
The bill would require all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to complete a written screening test for possible drug abuse problems.
Those later failing a drug test would have to seek treatment to continue receiving benefit payments.
Testing supporters say it's aimed at helping those with drug problems and protecting children.
However, Democrat Lindel Hume of Princeton says he opposed the proposal because he doesn't believe the state should spend money on a program that could intimidate some needy people from seeking assistance.
The senate and house must now reconcile their respective versions of the bill.