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Georgia won’t enforce GOP-backed drug testing law for food stamp recipients

Georgia will not drug test food stamp recipients under a controversial new law that both federal and state officials concluded was illegal, the governor’s office said on Friday. The Republican-controlled legislature this spring passed a law requiring testing if authorities had a “reasonable suspicion” of drug use. People failing the…

North Carolina Republicans overrule governor to vote in favor of welfare drug testing

The North Carolina state Senate voted Wednesday to overrule Gov. Pat McCreary’s veto against testing applicants for public assistance for drugs and implement the policy anyway. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC), the state House voted Tuesday to move forward with the tests, which will…

Florida welfare drug testing program struck down by federal appeals court

Republican-led efforts to drug test all recipients of public assistance were dealt a possible death blow Tuesday by a federal appeals court when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Florida’s controversial 2011 law requiring all welfare recipients and applicants to undergo drug testing. According to the Colorlines blog,…

Georgia signs welfare drug-testing bill into law

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 861 into law, a controversial measure which will require drug testing of all applicants for public assistance, according to the Associated Press. The Social Responsibility and Accountability Act was passed by the state’s deliberative bodies in votes that broke down along party…

Iowa Republican proposes drug testing for child support recipients

Republicans have made headlines this year by demanding that people collecting unemployment benefits and public assistance be subject to drug testing. Now Iowa Republican state senator Mark Chelgren (Ottumwa) proposed Thursday that people who receive child support payments should also be drug tested if the person paying the support requests…

Indiana welfare drug testing bill withdrawn after lawmakers included

A bill proposed by one Indiana Republican has been withdrawn after its provision to drug test recipients of government largesse was widened to include lawmakers themselves, according to Arthur Delany at The Huffington Post. Republican lawmaker Judd McMillan (R-Brookville) removed the bill from consideration by the Indiana General Assembly after…

Georgia lawmaker who sponsored welfare drug testing bill busted for DUI

A Georgia Republican who co-sponsored legislation that would require random drug testing of welfare recipients was arrested on early Friday morning and charged with DUI, according to Channel 2 Action News. Rep. Kip Smith was pulled over after a police officer witnessed him run through a red light. The officer…

Rep. Van Hollen blasts GOP over drug testing the jobless

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Sunday slammed House Republicans for proposing that those who receive federal unemployment benefits should be forced to undergo drug testing. “I think the drug testing thing is a red herring,” he told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “The reality is that people are not out of work…

Perry has ‘no problem’ drug-testing welfare recipients

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was not opposed to requiring welfare recipient to undergo mandatory drug tests, according to CBS News. “I don’t have a problem with before you get any dollars from the federal government that you’re drug tested,” Perry said at a meet-and-greet in Iowa.…

Michigan lawmaker proposes drug testing welfare recipients

Michigan state Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) has introduced legislation to the state legislature that would require low-income families with children and pregnant women to pass a drug test before receiving temporary government assistance. The legislation requires applicants to the state’s Family Independence Program to pay for the drug test, even…

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