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Court: Indiana Must Have Reason To Deny Welfare

Last updated on Friday, March 23, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The state Supreme Court says the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration can’t deny welfare or other aid to people without doing a better job of explaining why.

Charles Wilson of the Associated Press reports the unanimous ruling Thursday came in a four-year-old class action lawsuit challenging the workings of the state's outsourcing of welfare intake. The system has since been modified.

The justices ruled FSSA violated the applicants' due process rights when it sent them notices that stated their benefits were denied because of failing to cooperate without citing a specific reason.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Gavin Rose calls that a victory.

An FSSA spokesman says the agency is reviewing the ruling and has no comment.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office which handled the case didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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