During its journey through the General Assembly, a bill that would require drug testing for some applicants for food stamps and welfare generated controversy and drew fierce opposition from Democrats. Ultimately, though, House Bill 772 was approved on the final day of the legislative session last week. It would require people applying for this government assistance to be tested if they raise “reasonable suspicion’’ of illegal drug use.
A bill requiring food stamp and welfare recipients to submit to drug testing if suspected of illegal drug use has taken another step forward in the General Assembly. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee narrowly approved HB 772 on Monday.
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.
Among the potential casualties of budget cutting in Washington are programs in Georgia that help women break their drug addiction and find work. The programs have helped thousands of Georgia women, but Congress has not provided more than $20 million the state uses to fund them