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Food Stamp Drug Testing Outlawed

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Photo by Jean Ross CBS Radio

Photo by Jean Ross CBS Radio

Federal government has formally notified the state of Georgia that it can not make people who receive food stamps take drug tests in order to receive them.

In April, a law was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal that required the state of Georgia to drug test anyone receiving food stamps suspected of drug use beginning in 2016.

The state of Georgia was told Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Human Services that states cannot make up their own requirements for the receiving of government benefits, stopping the passing of a drug test law.

“Requiring SNAP applicants and recipients to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits would constitute an additional condition of eligibility, and therefore, is not allowable under law,” said regional USDA administrator Robin Bailey in a letter.

Last year, the same attempts were made by republicans to screen SNAP applicants. It failed, however.

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