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Apparently Georgia didn’t learn from Florida. On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation  requiring some applicants for food stamps and welfare benefits to undergo a drug test.

The bill would require those people who authorities felt had “reasonable suspicion” of drug use.  As far as what reasonable suspicion is, maybe breathing?  If a person failed their drug test they would temporarily lose benefits.

Drug use is a barrier to finding and keeping a job, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said.

“If some, however, reject treatment and instead choose a lifestyle that renders them unemployable, taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize that,” Robinson said.

Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, called the legislation “shameful” and said it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.

She also argued that state employees are not adequately trained to detect signs of possible drug use.

“It’s a badly flawed bill,” she said. “It will be challenged.”

Can you imagine a the training a caseworker, who probably makes $12 an hour, would have to undergo in order to determine probable cause? Probably none.

Florida’s similar law was struck down last year, as was North Carolina’s.

Georgia’s gonna learn.

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  • LeLe

    “Drug use is a barrier to finding and keeping a job…”

    Let’s start with the testing of you and your politician peers, those who have jobs and incomes on the account of the taxpayers and use bribery and other sorts of payoffs benefiting yourselves. Then let’s work our way down to those receiving minimal benefits. Any disbenefit on the poor is being justified today, when will it stop? Now more money is needed to fund administering these drug tests, who pays for this-the taxpayer. Most people on social benefits are low income part-time workers or currently unemployed who fell on hard times. Let’s stop making things more dehumanizing for the marginalized. Invest the money instead into better training programs for the majority who really want to get off these barely livable benefits they had to resort to and back into the workforce.

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