Georgia passes law mandating drug testing for welfare recipients
Sponsored by Reps. Ramsey, Harden, et al., and signed into law by Gov. Deal, HB861 creates the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, which mandates that the Georgia Dept. of Human Services shall create an established drug test to be administered to each applicant for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). “It is the intent of the General Assembly to (1) Ensure that TANF funds are ultimately utilized for the intended purpose of alleviating the effects of poverty and are not diverted to illicit drug use (2) Protect children of poverty by ensuring such funds strengthen family life and reduce 19 the danger that illicit drugs will be introduced into the home environment.