Georgia Governor Signs Law To Begin Drug Testing Select Welfare Recipients

(AllHipHop News)  Yesterday (April 30th), Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that would require certain welfare recipients to undergo a drug test. 

Under the new law, welfare recipients whom state employees have a “reasonable suspicion” has used drugs will  be subjected to a drug test they themselves must pay for, whether positive test or not. Failed drug test will result in temporary suspension of benefits. Govenor Deal understood the complexity and implications of the new law but stressed its pertinence to Georgia:

You’re trying to balance two competing forces. First is the right of the individual if they qualify to be given assistance in terms of food stamps. On the other hand, the right of the taxpayer not to be putting money in the hands of those abusing drugs. So it’s a delicate balance of social issues.

Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, pointed out a possible flaw in the new law. According to Seagraves, state employees are not trained to adequately detect “reasonable suspicion” of drug use. Howvever,M Deal spokesman Brian Robinson illustrated how accountability is what is the foundation of this new law:

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

Drug use and trafficking has recently been a growing problem in certain areas of Georgia. According to Fox31 Onilne, “10 to 12 drug arrests” have occurred in Warwick, GA on Highway 300 alone, since late January.

Florida passed a similar bill into law back in 2011, but the program ended up costing taxpayers more money than it saved. Two years later in late December 2013, Judge Mary S. Scriven of the United States District Court in Orlando ruled that a similar welfare drug testing program proposed in Florid violated the protection against unreasonable searches. According to Scriven, the Florida law was unconstitutional:

The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied.

  • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

    Once again the south fails.

  • Brindle

    you can’t blame them, crazy what people doing with tax dollars, using EBT at McDonalds and sh!t…

    • MrNoName2K

      brah you aint never lied..

    • anemia716

      so besides that fact that McDonalds is pretty inexpensive, you’re saying that only people in a certain tax bracket are deserving of it? it’s McDonalds ,man. calm all that down

      • Brindle

        If it were only that simple. Why spend $20-$30 at McDonalds when u could shop decent at a grocery store and feed your family healthy for 2-3 days. That pot of spaghetti could have ground beef, Louisiana hot links and Italian sausage for 2-3 days for the family.

      • DJ7

        That’s a slow death menu…depending on your age…nothing healthy about ground beef or hot links…to eat to live cost a grip B b.u.t. I digress….another story for another day

      • Brindle

        LOL. U right. I was hungry at the time. My point is there’s way more economical ways to spend than what I see a lot.


      [U can’t by hot food with an ebt card, unless it under the table.

      • Brindle

        Yes can but I don’t know what they’re buying
        also at liqour store and gas station purchases. And I don’t want things difficult for people but I’ve watched and know people who waist it.


        I feel ya bro, But i had them awhile back, and i didn’t get that much like people think and you sign your life away, even tho u don’t have shit at all. Women with children get the bulk. Now they make bad decisions with them but a lotta people need them. Stores that do that stuff under the table, better not get caught. Lotta time they give you bout that. LOL, Hell the application 10 pages long. U feel me.


    lol…digital stop and frisk……for my people! and we aint even the biggest risk by

    • Executive

      This ain’t a color issue. I see you trying to insinuate that it is.

      • Raheem Classick

        I see you’re not up on how astute these Conservatives are when it comes to dirty Politics.

      • anemia716

        if you honestly think the people worthy of “reasonable suspicion” wont be targeted blacks or other minority groups, in Georgia, then you must live under a rock.


        well how do you decide ….who will get tested and who dont

  • Eli Pinilla

    I agree with this shit. I gotta work for mines. And I hate it when I see a person I know is on drugs goin to the grocery store and spending 60 dollars on snickers and doritos

  • Executive

    They should do this in New York State too.

  • Fosho3528

    They should do this EVERYWHERE. Republicans have been pushing this for years. The Dems have been blocking them. Just because it says Democrat doesn’t mean it’s always the right thing to do.

    • cbean390

      It costs the tax payers millions to save thousands. Nobody wins. Let alone it’s dangerously close to violating the Bill of Rights.

    • anemia716

      where would it stop? should we start drug testing any person or sect that benefits from taxpayers money? what about public servants? I could bet about half of those politicians are abusing prescription drugs? hey, drug abuse is drug abuse. Not to mention most drug tests are ONLY finding marijuana, since it lasts longer in your system. a lot of companies stopped drug testing for that very reason. cost and ineffectiveness.

      • Fosho3528

        It should stop right where it is. On welfare recipients. Each public servant and politician is performing a service for income. They might do a horrible job as in most politicians case but they’re still performing a service for means of income. 84% of employers require drug screening (looked it up) on their employees. I understand that there is a huge grey area with the whole weed thing so that should also be taken into consideration. I enjoy to smoke weed and I use it to what I consider to be responsibly however, I do consider it a luxury. Like I said that is an issue I’m not sure how I feel about when it comes to welfare recipients.

  • redcons

    So the kids(who in most cases welfare is for) have to suffer because their parents are on drugs? So where are the programs to get these people off drugs so they can be suitable for employment?

    • Realist4200

      It’s called rehab.

      • Twonpass

        No Such thing in amerikkka, wake up…

      • Realist4200

        Not everything is a conspiracy, go to sleep…

  • keepitthoro

    So by his same logic, politicians should be tested for drugs too, since taxpayers pay their salaries, and you know, it’s:

    “the right of the taxpayer not to be putting money in the hands of those abusing drugs.”

    What he said..

  • Faceda59

    Its not a bad idea,but some people will suffer because the wrong people are their parents.That’s the sad part about it.Doing this will keep a lot of people on their toes.But on the real it does piss me off when i’m around the lazy bunch .I know a few people that don’t work at all,and they are eating steak when they want because of ebt.I have to work to feed me and my kids it’s not right.

    • best_believe

      Ain’t it the truth. Got better cars then me and got 2 or 3 shopping carts of food. If I got to piss you got to piss.

  • Jazz Pee

    It makes a lot of sense….

  • Fosho3528

    Tell me you don’t get p*ssed off when you work your a** off and then see someone that has a bunch of kids, no job, drinks and smokes day and night all while getting a check every month. The line needs to be drawn somewhere. Bad behavior shouldn’t be rewarded.

  • cromthelaughinggod7

    Exactly why Georgia isn’t the place for black people.

    • agentphantom

      So what are you saying with that idiotic statement? There are plenty of successful “Blacks” who reside in Georgia but I guess they should move, eh? Anyway, I applaud the Governor for this move. Perhaps it will get the lead out of the Meth-Heads, Crack-Head, Heroin-Heads, etc. If a person takes a government handout then then they subject to the imposed rules. If they don’t like it then they can get a job and come off the government “tit”

  • Guest

    For every dumb-ass commenting saying they should do this every… Florida has been doing this for years and it’s a big failure. Only 2-3% Actually test positive and it costs a lot to do drug tests.

  • TruthSerum

    It’s a good idea but needs better execution

    • basikone

      I agree.

  • i’mreloaded!

    How da hell do u determine who takes the test? There are people with families out there who really do depend on government aid because the economy is so fucced up right now. So I guess my question is this, if the people who are really struggling have to get tested, how in da hell do u expect them to have money to pay for the damn test? I see what they’re tryin to do, and there are some scamming azz people out there who treat dat EBT like a damn Black Card but let’s get real here. This is just their way of singling out a certain group of people. If I see a Robert’s name and then I see Kentavius’s name on the same list, take a wild guess who’s gonna get picked to piss in da damn cup. So obvious. Applaud the fact they wanna crack down on welfare fraud, but I already see where this is going. First they pass the law that u can carry your firearm every damn where down here, now u gonna start cutting deez niggas aid? Math problem. Nigga wit no government aid + legally allowed to carry a pistol= Some mo dead niggas. They know what they doin.

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  • STFUUIgnants

    Wouldnt be surprised if “certain” somehow ends up rhyming with black and hispanic. White folks do more drugs, yes even proportionately, not just in sheer numbers. Yet just like more black & hispanic drug users end up being busted anyway instead of whites, watch most black and hispanic welfare recipients end up being kicked off. Which will lead to more poverty, which will lead to more crime and more blacks and hispanics locked up. Theyre always playing chess.

    • Realist4200

      If most blacks and hispanics get kicked off, that means most blacks and hispanics are on drugs. – I disagree with your logic on that – it’s kinda racist.

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    Very relevant to hip hop. Wouldn’t want to go a whole day without a bait story.

  • AlbertoRipRon

    Yea? The people let these fools do it

  • Twonpass

    Cut off welfare to everyone , especially the rich ( they get more then anyone else)

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