Georgia Drug Testing Likely to Face Legal Challenges

By: Ray Henry, Associated Press Email
By: Ray Henry, Associated Press Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- March 17, 2012

A push to require drug tests for people seeking welfare payments in Georgia could face an uncertain future if it's challenged in court.

Federal judges have already struck down similar laws in other states.

Lawmakers in Georgia's General Assembly are still working out final details before holding a final vote on the plan. That vote is expected in the coming weeks.

The U.S. Constitution bans governments from randomly drug testing people. The U.S. Supreme Court has defined special exceptions to that, when a serious public need outweighs a person's right to privacy. But exactly what falls within those exceptions can get murky.

Republican Rep. Jason Spencer, who supports the testing, said he expects the state will face a legal challenge.

Federal judges have blocked similar laws in Michigan and Florida.

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  • by Anon Location: <<>> on Mar 18, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    Require mandatory weekly drug testing for all lawmakers. They are on the public dole, too.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Mar 18, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    Pass it Ga. ! I'm so tired of all the people I know in Ga and Fl who use the money on welfare to buy drugs and alcohol. Had a lady try to pay for my groceries with her "stamps" for the cash. Maybe its time we hold welfare folks accoutable just like employers hold their workers. Enough is enough. TEST them!
  • by FL taxpayer Location: Leon county on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    Good luck Georgia. It cut down on the number of people applying for welfare in FL until some liberal judge deemed common sense unconstitutional. Maybe we should just abolish welfare and medicaid all together and the problem would be solved for good.
  • by Tonyboy Location: worldwide on Mar 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    Huh, Big Banks and Cooperate 500 companies, CEOs, Big Oil companies etc, etc.. Anyone receiving government funds should get in line for a drug test. There are many forms of welfare checks, not just poor people asking for help. The ones in office coming up with this crazy sh-t should be drug tested. Who said government want to run your life? 99%ers = votes. Please excise your power and vote the government officials out of office if you do not like what they are doing.. "The power is in your vote". See you at the polls! God speed.
  • by izitjustme? Location: Agony,GA (Albany) on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    This issue is nothing but politicians trying make it look like they are solving an enormous problem that does not exist. During the period when FL implemented the same BS,and before the courts shut it down, the results of testing applicants showed less than 2% positive results. Since ya'll seem to be worried about your tax dollars going to help the poor,You shouldn't be. More money will go to lawyers who appeal this and those who defend it before the Supreme Court. You can throw your money, and rights, away. I'm gonna keep mine. If you are 'conservative' how do you reconcile your disdain of 'Big Government' with allowing the government into your urinary tract? And YOU foot the bill. I do find hypocrites amusing. You obviously need meds, because you all seem to be Bi-Polar.
  • by anonymous Location: leon on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    It is legal for employers to require their employees to take random drug test, but it is not legal for someone on welfare to have to do the same?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    The real issue here is should welfare be legal.
  • by grady on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    fascists are clearly stupid. how many times do they have to be told no? idiots.
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