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Bill to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Welfare recipients would be subject to random drug testing under a bill passed Tuesday in the Indiana House. House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. […]

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House acts to expand nutrition requirements to all food stamp recipients

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require SNAP food stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program. As approved by a committee last week, House Bill 1351 – authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville – would have created a pilot program to […]

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Committee moves bill to drug-test welfare recipients

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee on Wednesday amended and passed a bill that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing. House Bill 1351 would also limit the food that recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could purchase. The bill’s author, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, introduced the controversial […]

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Bill to drug test welfare recipients will be back

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is not part of the House Republican agenda but is likely to pass the House again this year, a key lawmakers said Thursday. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the controversial bill is “one we’re going to enthusiastically […]

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Food aid help will be shifted to new schedule starting next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1 million food aid recipients in Indiana will have their benefit payments shifted to new days next year in a change sought by the state’s grocers. Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps – will still receive the same amount of money for food […]

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Story & map: How people actually experience poverty

By Melissa Maynard Stateline.org The official federal poverty rate measures pretax income — period. It doesn’t consider government benefits such as food stamps, nor does it factor in the costs of housing, taxes and child care, all of which vary greatly across states and help determine how rich or poor people feel. Click on the map […]

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Federal food aid benefits to drop starting Friday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 925,000 Hoosiers who rely on government assistance to purchase food will receive fewer benefits starting Friday when a program enacted during the economic downturn expires. The cuts will mean $36 less in monthly benefits for a family of four or about $11 less for a single person […]

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State to move to new poverty index for schools to try to avoid fraud

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers concerned about fraud in the federal free- and reduced-lunch program have changed the way the state will measure poverty in the formula used to distribute state funding to schools. For years, the state has used the lunch program enrollment numbers as the basis for sending extra money to […]

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State reports significant fraud in free school lunch program

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated one third of Indiana students receiving free or reduced-price lunches do not actually qualify for the federal program or their families failed to verify their eligibility, according to audits the Indiana Department of Education detailed for lawmakers on Monday. Julie Sutton, the department’s director of school and […]

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Bill to drug test welfare recipients is not finished

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would drug test recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a cash-based welfare program, is held up just days before the session ends. The major conflict is over whether the repeated failure of drug tests will lead to an individual losing their benefits or a whole […]

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