Mon., April 16, 2012 3:30pm
Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday a bill requiring drug tests for applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as welfare. Opponents plan to file a lawsuit blocking the measure soon after it goes into effect on July 1.
Mon., April 16, 2012 6:00am
A state lawmaker who drafted a bill requiring drug tests for welfare applicants says Gov. Nathan Deal will sign it into law Monday. Sen. John Albers, a Roswell Republican, says the bill would save taxpayer money and deter fraud. But opponents say it largely targets low-income women, and some plan to file a lawsuit to stop the measure.
Thu., March 15, 2012 4:03pm
Georgia lawmakers are revising a bill that opponents say is almost certain to land in federal court. It would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits. Its sponsor says the measure would save taxpayers money but others say it’s unconstitutional.
Mon., February 20, 2012 6:30pm
There was a senate hearing Monday on giving drug tests to Georgians on welfare. Senator John Albers of North Fulton County says requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test would keep struggling parents away from illegal drug.
Fri., November 4, 2011 8:39am
Two Georgia lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would require people to pass a drug test to receive welfare. State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, and state Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, said they hope lawmakers consider the plan next year.