Jumat, 09 Maret 2012
Georgia Senate OKs drug tests for welfare applicants. Guess who�s against it-Liberals of course
Reuters reports adults applying for welfare in Georgia would have to pass a drug test before receiving benefits under a bill approved by the state Senate late on Wednesday.
The legislation, called the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, is designed to ensure that welfare payments, called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, are not diverted to illicit drug use."
The legislation, which now goes to the Georgia House, would not affect welfare payments to children. Under the bill, if a parent failed a drug test, children could still receive payments through another person designated by the state.
Two states, Michigan and Florida, have adopted similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Michigan Court of Appeals in 2003 ruled that state's law unconstitutional. Florida's law has been temporarily blocked by a federal lawsuit.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia opposes the drug-testing requirement, the organization's executive director, Debbie Seagraves, told Reuters.
�Blanket drugs tests of any kind by the government are unconstitutional," she said.
As a taxpayer I think it�s reasonable to make sure my hard earned money isn�t going to pay for somebody else�s drug usage living off the public dime. I had to get drug tested for every job I had. But, it's not okay to test some smuck for a welfare check?
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