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Georgians Must Pass Drug Test to Apply For Welfare [POLL]

The state of Georgia has passed legislation that would require people applying for welfare to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the new legislation yesterday over the opposition of Democrats.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of chatter happening from both sides of the table on this law.

Supporters say it will ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose and not to subsidize drug use and criminal activity. Supporters also feel the law will save the state money and promote personal responsibility.

Opponents argue that drug testing of welfare recipients violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches. Democrats believe the measure is an unfair burden on the poor.

The new drug-testing law requires parents who apply for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to pay for and pass a drug test that would cost at least $17. TANF provides temporary financial help to low-income families with children. Passing the drug test once would be a condition of eligibility to receive benefits.

Here’s what Georgia’s  Gov. Nathan Deal told AJC.com;

“This program is intended as a safety net, and this requirement guarantees that the benefits are used for their intended purposes — to care for children and assist with job preparation,” Deal said.

Gerry Weber of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the organization is prepared to file a lawsuit, but not until the law is actually put into practice. The law will take effect July 1.

Keep in mind guys that a similar law in Florida took effect last July but was blocked by a federal judge in October. And at least two dozen states have proposed measures this year that would require drug tests for benefits.

What do you think? Should Texas and other states adopt this law or not? Take the poll below and give me your thoughts.


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