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Lawmakers May Face Drug Testing

Last updated on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - State lawmakers would have to submit to drug tests before they get perks like parking spots and laptops under a plan advancing in the state House of Representatives.

The testing proposal is part of a measure that would mandate Indiana's welfare recipients take drug tests before receiving any assistance.

House lawmakers altered the measure last week to mandate all lawmakers submit to drug and alcohol tests annually. But they overwhelmingly chose the pared-down drug test proposal for themselves Monday.

The diluted plan would limit the number of lawmakers who are tested and give the House speaker and Senate president pro tem the power to test lawmakers they suspect of using drugs.

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