Georgia Legislator: If Welfare Applicants Have to Take Drug Tests, Lawmakers Should Have to as Well

The ongoing push by Republicans to require welfare applicants to take drug tests before receiving benefits is offensive, no question. Why should welfare recipients have to take a drug test when other individuals who receive state benefits do not?

Democrat Georgia State Rep. Scott Holcomb is taking that question very seriously. He just proposed a bill that would require lawmakers in his state to take a drug test before taking office. Via Raw Story:

“This bill is really very simple,” Holcomb said in a statement. “If the General Assembly is going to pass laws requiring struggling, jobless Georgians to pay for drug tests as a precondition to receiving state benefits, then members of the General Assembly should lead by example and take the tests first.”

Random tests would also be mandated by the bill, which lawmakers would be required to pay for with their personal funds.

Holcomb's move is in response to a bill introduced by Georgia Republican John Albers that would require TANF welfare recipients to first pass a drug test. Similar bills have been introduced in Florida and Missouri.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 8, 2011, 7:19am

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