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Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Passes State Senate

The bill moves on to the state House of Representatives for approval.

State welfare recipients are one step closer to having to undergo drug testing before they receive state money, since the Georgia Senate passed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act on Wednesday. However, the bill still needs to go to the state House of Representatives for approval before it becomes law.

Sponsored by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell), the legislation requires recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) .

“True compassion is doing what’s best for people, not what’s easiest,” said Albers. “This is the ideology behind why the bill is named the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act. With the passage of SB 292 today, we will help ensure the proper allocation of taxpayer-funded TANF benefits and prevent these funds from being diverted to illicit drug use.”

Under this legislation, the drug testing requirement is modeled after the tests required by the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs or other professionally valid procedures. If enacted into law, this test would require a swab test in lieu of urinalysis.

Should welfare recipients have to undergo drug testing? Tell us in the comments.

JACQUE March 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Now if we could just enact work for welfare and get welfare people putting in 40 hours to earn their welfare checks we would be on our way to cutting our welfare rolls down. It would also go a long way toward balancing budgets if they were cutting grass along roadways, picking up garbage and other things we pay other workers to do. I'll bet if they had to work for their welfare checks they would find gainful employment instead.

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