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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.

25 Comments

  1. Mid term elections are coming . . . register people to vote, drive them to the poles, and vote these cretins out of office!

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  2. A bit draconian, but :/

    If you look to the government to be your daddy, don’t act surprised when the government does what daddies do.

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  3. genii love

    i’m all about this. Too many ppl take advantage of a good thing and ruin it for people who actually need it.

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    • Kai26

      Even so, those who do not use drugs will still have the ability to abuse the system.

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    • genii love

      That may be the case. But for every person on drugs abusing the system…that leave a few extra dollars for families that need the assistence. I’m not saying this bill is perfect by any means..but its a step in the rigt direction.

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    • I suppose you haven’t heard what a disaster this program was here in FL. They’ve since nixed it

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    • genii love

      I have heard. and i agree that drug testing without cause isnt the way to go. its expensive and traumatizing to those who are innocent. But there are people who are using drugs and bring these bad habits home to their children. If there is a way to weed them out…im all for it. I’m not saying drug test everyone…just be a little more strict. Have people jump thru some more hoops if necessary.

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    • The GA Govenor hasn’t exactly outlined what criteria would be used to determine who needed the drug test. I’d rather they randomly drug tested, rather than using their own measuring stick to determine “those people who authorities felt had “reasonable suspicion” of drug use”. IDK about you, but IMO, the ‘authorities’ are worthy of being trusted!

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    • genii love

      i totally agree. random testing probably would be best. I definitely think the welfare system needs to be regulated so that THEY dont end up picking and choosing who gets what. People on both sides of the system are flawed…after all they are only human. I still feel like the bill is a step in the right direction…of course ppl will be upset and have feelings about it. But it doesnt change the fact that something SHOULD be done to continue helping ppl get the help they need while weeding out those who dont.

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    • genii love

      Excuse the typos…it wont let me edit

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  4. “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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