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.
Some Georgia applicants for food stamps and welfare benefits would have to pass a drug test under a House bill that cleared a committee Monday on a 7-6 vote. People applying for this government assistance would require testing if they raised “reasonable suspicion” of illegal drug use.
Gov. Nathan Deal touted the General Assembly’s 2012 legislative accomplishments at a talk Tuesday at the Atlanta Press Club. He credited bi-partisan cooperation for passing a tax cut bill and a sentencing rules overhaul.
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.
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.