Lawmakers push for drug testing

January 27, 2011 • Local News

Two local lawmakers are seeking to make some recipients of certain forms of government assistance submit to drug testing in order to get a check from the state. Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, a top Democrat legislative leader, and Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, are sponsors of legislation that would deny certain public assistance if an individual tests positive for illegal drugs.

Jennings’ bill, which was introduced on the Senate floor on Tuesday, takes aim at people seeking jobless benefits and would require all recipients to submit to testing.

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2 Responses to Lawmakers push for drug testing

  1. lynchmob says:

    This bill should be carried farther as Mr. Simonson said to include Medicaid, especially. I don’t have a gripe about Medicaid recepients, but they should not be getting Medicaid for more children and then buying/dealing drugs. As to Ms. Ezzell, the State needs to set down hard and fast rules that caseworkers are required to follow. I can see someone at their caseworker’s desk and sobbing about the drug test, and if the caseworker is sympathetic, they don’t test them. WRONG!!!!

  2. aegarcia says:

    They should also introduce a bill to drug test welfare recipients and to give them lazy people welfare for 6 months people take advantage of the system sit at home and get high on taxpayer money/…

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