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Georgia to require drug tests for welfare benefits

4:48 pm - 04/16/2012
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require thousands of people applying for welfare to pass a drug test before they could receive benefits.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law over the opposition of Democrats.

Backers say it will ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose and not to subsidize drug use and criminal activity. Democrats said the measure places an unfair burden on the poor.

Gerry Weber of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the organization is prepared to file a lawsuit over the issue, but not until it is put into practice. It takes effect July 1.

A similar law in Florida took effect last July but was blocked by a federal judge in October.

At least two dozen states have proposed measures this year that would require drug tests for benefits.

vexed_artist 17th-Apr-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Nah, if there's a kid involved, they just get sucked into the black hole that is "child protective services" and shuttled from foster home to foster home, more than likely being doped up on more prescription meds than their parents could have ever procured because they get diagnosed on the fly with everything from ADHD to schizophrenia...

No sir, I haven't heard and/or experience almost every CPS-related horror story in the book...
myrrhmade 17th-Apr-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Oh wow, now I want to throw up. (What you say is 100% true. Having taught in public elementary schools for 14+ years, Iagree with you. )

I'm trying to be respectful in this post, but I just...
lux_roark 17th-Apr-2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I was watching a special on Dateline NBC about the over-medication of children who are in the system. One girl was on more medication than I am and I'm diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder depressive type! I couldn't believe it when one girl said she took 12 different prescriptions a day for her problem. And then when they get adopted they're just fine when they get taken off of the medication.
hashishinahooka 17th-Apr-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
It makes sense. I feel like there's this need to pathologize children in the system.
ten_of_swords 17th-Apr-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily. I was never removed from my household, nor were several of my friends who also had addicts for parents. And if we didn't get welfare, well, we would have been fucked.
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