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Georgia to Require Drug Tests for Welfare Benefits

April 16th 2012

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require thousands of people applying for welfare to pass a drug test before they could receive benefits.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law over the opposition of Democrats.

Backers say it will ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose and not to subsidize drug use and criminal activity. Democrats said the measure places an unfair burden on the poor.

Gerry Weber of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the organization is prepared to file a lawsuit over the issue, but not until it is put into practice. It takes effect July 1.

A similar law in Florida took effect last July but was blocked by a federal judge in October.

At least two dozen states have proposed measures this year that would require drug tests for benefits.



http://www.kvoa.com/news/ga-to-require-drug-tests-for-welfare-benefits/


Added: Apr-17-2012 Occurred On: Apr-17-2012
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  • That's gonna save millions. Should be law in all states.

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    • @weada

      What does a drug test have to do with someone's need for welfare?

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    • @Blklight Maybe it could incentivize them to clean up and you would think a not being a drug addict would lead to better opportunities to get out from under welfare. I'll have to read the bill..

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    • @Blklight A drug test will not effect someone who's not a drug addict. The people who are honestly trying to feed their kids and put a roof over their heads deserve assistance. The people who abuse the system are the ones who need to be stoped.

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    • @Blklight If people have money for drugs , they should have money for food and other expenses. If the money from the welfare is used for drugs, that's not what the money is given for. By doing drugs , they will never try to find a job , or get an education to get a job and nobody would employee them anyway because they do drugs. not too complicated to figure that out really.

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    • @treday

      I see

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  • The Dems are gonna have a tissy fit over this.

    Their voter base will have to sober up.

    liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

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  • Good! My tax dollars should go to help someone, not pay for their next high.

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  • How is this a bad idea? If u fail the piss test...NO SOUP 4 U!!!

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  • i think georgia should require drug tests for public office first

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  • on July 2nd the state of Georgia becomes the richest state.

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  • Way to go Georgia!!!

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  • They should require politicians to take them too...

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  • how is this unfair, if tax dollars of working people have to foot your bills, and lots of us have to have drug screens to keep and pay for you, whats the problem?

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  • This calls for one of my favorite quotes.

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

    -- Thomas Jefferson

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    • @Kafirindareelharb A middle class guy who busts his ass to support himself and his family pays 30% taxes while someone who makes millions of dollars in return on what is essentially the labor of others without lifting a finger only has to pay 15% taxes (and complains about high taxes). In this scenario, who is the one willing to work and who is the one not willing to work?

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    • @picklethepug

      What are you getting at here?? I simply posted a quote and you go off on this pandemic diatribe.

      Whatever, I'll bite.

      Are you failing to identify the various types of income while making this claim?? I hope not. It seems as if you did though... Are you talking about passive, earned, capital gains or dividends????

      Also, take a look at what that guy/woman did, the sacrifices that he made to get to where he is. Would you do the same? And please don't give me the old excuse that More..

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  • great! that's the way it should be.

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  • Well thats the benefit costs in Georgia reduced by around 90 percent...

    Now for the rest of the country.

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  • Best damn idea the government has come up with in awhile , next they should drug test congress , the i r s and the senate for all the mistakes they make on a daily basis they have to be on drugs too !

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    • @nosajone RIGHT ON BROTHER!!

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    • @hgoldschmidt
      Let me tell you a true story . I am a HVAC contractor and have had state contracts doing low income housing , while changing out the heaters in many houses I have overheard many conversations amongst the welfare class about how to manipulate the system and where to get help for food , food stamps and other minority government programs . It was hard for me to listen to them without speaking out , what I noticed was they actually treated this like a job , they conducted meetings to More..

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    • @nosajone

      Even sadder, is that these folks vote.

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    • @nosajone

      EXACTLY!!!!!!! There was a lady that had her house built for her (HUD) and she paid little to no money at all. She had 3 kids as well. Roughly 4 months later her house (that was paid for by taxpayers) was raided and they found something like 40+ bricks of heroin inside.

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    • @Arizona_Patriot

      YUP. During the Gore/Bush election there was not one single sign in the front yards of Duquesne. During the Obama election literally every other yard had an Obama sign. Ridiculous.

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  • "Democrats said the measure places an unfair burden on the poor."

    Fucking really?! I mean really???! They are placing an unfair burden on my damn paycheck. We have to take a piss test for employment so why not for welfare. They also claimed that this is against the Constitution. Give me a fucking break.

    AP, you are from Pittsburgh. You know all to well about the city that I grew up in here. Riddled with crime and welfare warriors.

    Some stats to show about the city I grew up in.
    htt More..

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  • I don't have a problem with this as many recipients are on welfare because they spend any money they do have on drugs. It's about time.

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  • "Southern Poverty Law Center said the organization is prepared to file a lawsuit"

    Who could possibly be against this? These loafers are getting OUR TAX MONEY and should qualify the way WE see fit.

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  • "Democrats said the measure places an unfair burden on the poor."
    So, what exactly IS the burden these democrats are referring to?
    Seems to me that the unfair burden by NOT requiring drug testing would be on the state and its' taxpayers.

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  • All states need to adopt this.

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  • This should be Chapter one Page one in the rules of receiving state aid. The point of welfare is to help You out until you can get/get a better job.. Most jobs require a drug screen as part of the hiring process, so FUCKING DUH! If your on drugs your not trying to and will not get a job, so fuck you, quit wasting our money!

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  • I had to take a drug test before I got my last job. How is this different?
    How is this a "unfair burden on the poor" when the state would pay for it I believe?

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  • One of the best ideas I've heard in a long time. I could only recommend that they continue to do the tests after they pass the first one to get their cheques. It's time that the social welfare program is cleaned up. Time to stop raping the middle class so some drunks or drug addicts can spend our tax money.

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  • Drug Tests and Background Checks should be Mandatory to recieve any Welfare Benefits from State and Local Governments.

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  • Great Idea. Hope it passes.

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  • holy crap i had to work to pay for my drug habit ..they should have too too.

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  • I had to go through drug test, background checks and I was told they can send any of us for random testing at any time. I have to do that to earn my money; this sounds fair to me.

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