Inmates released from state prison would be tested for infectious diseases under a bill that cleared the Louisiana House on Thursday.

The House voted 93-0 for the legislation which now moves to the Senate for debate.

“We put them in jail for security and protection. When we put them back on the ground we should protect our community as well,” said state Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Mansfield.

Cox said the testing would be done with funds from a federal grant.

Cox said the state Department of Corrections tests the inmates as they enter prison. But he said testing is necessary on the backend “on the chance someone contracts AIDS while they are in there.”