Bill would replace junk food with healthy choices


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Low-income residents who receive food assistance might not be buying soda and candy bars if an amended Indiana bill becomes law.

State representatives on Monday voted 69-22 in favor of the amendment, which would create standards for what is and is not considered nutritional for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Opponents say the bill mandates healthier choices without creating a safety net to teach proper nutrition.

The legislation would require the state to ask for federal approval of the program if necessary.

The bill also would mandate recipients of some welfare recipients to be screened for signs of addiction and possibly drug tested.

If passed by the full House, the legislation moves to the Senate and then the governor's office.

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