Welfare recipients could face drug tests in Ga.
ATLANTA—People seeking welfare benefits in Georgia would face drug tests before getting cash under separate bills backed by House and Senate lawmakers.
The House of Representatives voted 114-59 on Wednesday to require that people seeking welfare payments pass a drug test. The Senate approved similar legislation by a vote of 35-18. If money allows, the law would require that welfare recipients pass a randomly scheduled drug test at least once every two years.
Those who fail a first test could reapply. But additional drug tests could make them ineligible for benefits.
Supporters say such legislation could encourage people to stop using drugs and would protect a taxpayer benefit. Critics condemned the proposal as unnecessary legislation that unfairly criminalizes poor people.