In Atlanta, Georgia if you apply for welfare you will have to pass a drug test before you can get any benefits.  All this under a bill that was approved by the State Senate early in March 2012.  This legislation is called Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, and it is designed to make sure that welfare payments called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and make sure they are not diverted to illicit drug use.

The legislation now goes to the Georgia House of Representatives so they can vote on it.  The bill will not affect welfare payments to children.  If a parent failed a drug test, their children could still receive payments through another person designated by the state.

There have been two other states, Michigan and Florida that have adopted similar legislation.  This is what happened to them.  The Michigan Court of Appeals in 2003 ruled that state’s law unconstitutional.  Florida’s law has been temporarily blocked by a federal lawsuit.  Debbie Seagraves, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia told Reuters that the union opposes the drug-testing requirement.  She said, “Blanket drug tests of any kind by the government are unconstitutional.  Georgia will face a lengthy court fight over the legislation if it won final passage and is signed into law.”

One of the sponsors of the bill is Republican State Senator John Albers, states he is confident the legislation would withstand any court challenges.  “Welfare reform legislation passed by Congress in 1996 specifically allows states to require drug testing.  The Georgia bill is aimed at encouraging welfare recipients to stop using illegal drugs.  True compassion is doing what is best for people, not the easiest.”

It seems that more and more states are pushing for this idea of drug testing welfare recipients.  I can understand that there are sometimes things can get tough so we go to the welfare system for help.  That is what this system is set up for.  It should not upset you if you are drug tested when you need this help.  If it does upset you then you need other kinds of help.  Like getting off the drug.  It is not shameful to need help.  You should absolutely get it.  I can understand the officials putting this IN so our taxpayer’s dollars are not supporting someone’s drug habit.

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