Yesha Callahan

Georgia Wants To Make Food Stamp Recipients Pay To Prove They Don’t Do Drugs

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Georgia is now turning into Florida 2.0. with a new bill that was passed aimed at food stamp recipients.  Georgia essentially wants to make food stamp recipients pay to prove they don’t do drugs.  The recipients who are deemed “suspicious” will have to grab a cup and pay $17 of their own money for the drug test.

Oh, Georgia. You ass-wipes.

H.B. 772 is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican.

The bill’s previous version had to be changed from making drug testing mandatory for all food stamp recipients, but you know, there’s this thing called the the Fourth Amendment that gave Florida’s similar law the boot after it wasted over $400k.  But hey, Georgia is covering its ass by charging the recipients.

So what exactly is reasonable suspicion? Who the hell knows.

From MSNBC:

A spokesperson for the governor declined to comment on whether he would sign the bill. But Chad Brock, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Georgia, said he expected Gov. Deal to sign the law “based on the fact that he did sign a similar drug testing bill a couple years ago” which required drug testing of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients. That law was never implemented.

If Deal does make the food stamp bill into law, an ACLU lawsuit is not out of the question.

“We still believe that the factors giving rise to individual suspicion are unconstitutionally broad and would likely be struck down in the courts,” said Brock. Under the proposed law, reasonable suspicion can be aroused by something as simple as the food stamp recipient’s “demeanor.”

The law never specifies what a suspicious demeanor would look like. Its sponsor, Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia, told msnbc it would be up to the Department of Human Services to go into further detail regarding what constitutes reasonable suspicion. H.B. 772 was crafted to give the department as much “flexibility” as possible in establishing guidelines.

“I’m not a law enforcement officer,” said Morris. “I’m following the legal counsel to craft a bill that accomplishes what I want to accomplish.”

In a statement published shortly after he first introduced the bill, Morris described it as “common sense legislation.”

“Hard working Georgians expect their tax dollars to be used responsibly and efficiently,” he said in the January 22 statement. “Under no circumstance should the government fund someone’s drug habit.”

Apparently someone hasn’t done their research that shows that welfare applicants use less drugs than other populations. In summary, f*ck you Greg Morris.

  1. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Another way to punish the poor for being poor.

  2. March 27, 2014 - Reply

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    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Ask_Me

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  3. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    When will lawmakers have to take their drug tests? Our taxes pay their salaries….

    Or the executives that run the companies receiving oil subsidies?

    Or those individual farm owners receiving farm subsidies?

    Our tax money goes to ALL of those items….and the fact that a farm owner or congressman does not have to be drug tested although they receive MORE money in tax dollars than those who get food stamps shows this mess has NOTHING to do with “spending tax money wisely” and everything to do with those they consider dysfunctional and inferior.

  4. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    So tell me who is going to be giving Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia HIS drug test?

    More Tea Party GOP code speak, VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!

    BE SURE TO VOTE IN YOUR MID-TERM ELECTION AND VOTE THEM OUT!

    Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia AND HIS KIND HAVE TO GO, THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS WOULD BE A GOOD START!

  5. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    This bill is not about people on SNAP using drugs. It is about which GOP-backed company can get the contract to do the drug testing. Another funnel cash to your homeboy move by the ‘small government’ GOP.

    Florida’s SNAP testing measure caught basically zero people, yet a GOP lover made $$$ via test administration.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @1Love

      It’s always about the money! Follow it!

      With that being said, most laws that are being passed aren’t in the best interest of the citizen, but to make some corporation that’s padded our politician’s pockets rich(er).

      Vote them all out!

      Can you imagine how much better our government representation would be if we all took advantage of our right to vote? If we held politicians to what they said or did? Organized and took them to task? I mean all politicians, Barack Obama included!

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @Knotty Natural

        I agree. We all should vote.

        The apathy is caused in large part by Democrats. The GOP will go all the way out there & dare anyone to vote them out while the Dems worry about getting fringe votes and scared to take on progressive issues like criminal justice reform & public education.

        If Dems really want to win, they must offer a strong, polarizing alternative to the GOP and stick to it. This boldness would rally the base to vote in higher numbers.

        • March 27, 2014 - Reply

          @1Love

          I agree the Dems are punks! If they stood for anything at all, they’d still be more likely to receive votes simply because they are (currently) the only alternative to the devil.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @1Love

      yep. poor folks are “big money” to everybody but the poor.

  6. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Ok, if that’s the case, then I want the corporations that receive welfare to get drug tested as well…………… in addition to churches since they’re tax exempt.

  7. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Georgia is a “good ol’ boys” state, so I am not surprised. The powers that be here are some of the most hatefully cruel sommamabritches I have ever encountered in my life. If drug testing becomes a reality for one to receive food stamps, the people of the state that are affected should demand Georgia Power and Cox Enterprises prove that they are not overcharging the public for their services and they should be made to drug test, too, as well as their families…mammy, granny, grandchildren, on down the line…smh

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Honey Bee

      Every state is a “good ol boys” state.

  8. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    “Under no circumstance should the government fund someone’s drug habit.”

    This is not only insidious, but DUMB. How can you buy drugs with an EBT card? Good GRIEF, the sheer stupidity of racists hiding behind “concern” for the taxpayer is blinding.

    But 1Love hit it the nail on the head, it’s about GOP backed drug testing companies. When all else fails, FOLLOW THE MONEY. That will get to the bottom of any type of shenannigans every time.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @MommieDearest

      I understand your outrage but anything can be used as a bartering tool. The govt. could possibly be funding someone’s drug habit considering that the recipient can sell their EBT card for cash or drugs. The question is how often is this done? If it is infrequent, then is it a real concern to be mandating a drug test?

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @MommieDearest

      People sell their EBT credit at a discount for cash just like they used to sell their food stamps back in the day. (Truth be told, as a broke student, I’m trying to find someone selling. They’ll give you $200 grocery money for $100 cash!- no joke!)

      I’m all for testing people for drug use if they’re on government assistance, BUT they shouldn’t have to pay for the test. I would say that the rule should be changed so that the person would be reimbursed if the test comes back positive.

      I work with women who depend on welfare to support their kids all of the time- yet, 75% of them come into the free health clinic with their hair LAAAAAAAAID (fresh weaves for everyone?!) and their nails done, with shiny purses, fake eyelashes, and 4 inch heels. And- b/c I take medical histories (which includes asking about substance use), I found out that EVVVVVVVVERYBODY has a weed and alcohol budget. Sorry, but that is NOT cool- especially b/c they KEEP having more and more babies.

      Also, as a healthcare professional (and not even really I’m just a medical student not getting paid), I have to get a drug test, so why in the world does it make sense for people to get drug tests in order to do productive work but everyone’s up in arms at the idea of people getting drug tests to qualify for NOT working? I just don’t get it.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @Pseudonym

        Oops! I meant reimburse if the test comes back negative.

  9. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I have no problem with it. I don’t see why everyone gets sensitive when people are asked to take drug tests. If you aren’t using them, take the test and move on.

  10. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Oh you Republicans…. I am never surprised at what you do anymore. (Sigh)….. :-/

  11. March 28, 2014 - Reply

    What type of drugs are they looking for? Just weed? I hope they come down on those meth users and prescription pill poppers as hard as they do the (supposed) weed users.

    This country is going down the flipping pipe and of course we’ll be the ones blamed for it.

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