Atlanta (WAOK)- Applicants for food stamps and welfare may now have to get drug tested and pay for it, if Governor Nathan Deal signs a bill passed Thursday in the General Assembly.
The applicants would only be tested if a Department of Human Services worker suspected their demeanor merited testing, if they had previously applied for a job that also required testing ,or in other circumstances. The bill does not require DHS to train the workers to detect drug abuse and does not specify who would pay for that training should DHS decide to do it.
The applicants would also have to pay for their own drug testing. The governor has not said if he will sign House Bill 772. However, he did sign a similar measure back in 2012.
Georgia has 1.7 million food stamp recipients and 16, 000 welfare recipients.