Tag Archives: drug tests

Federal court rejects Florida drug-test law, may kill Georgia law also

Federal judges rule that a Florida law requiring drug tests for welfare applicants is unconstitutional; could mean the end of a similar law for food stamp applicants in Georgia . . .

Tags: drug tests , federal appellate ruling , food stamp applicants , Nathan Deal , welfare applicants

Some politicians never learn, no matter how many lessons they’ve had

As the recent fiasco over a bill requiring drug tests for food stamp applicants shows, Georgia legislators can be very stubborn when it comes to learning the lessons of recent history . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: drug tests , food stamp applicants , Greg Morris , Nathan Deal , Sam Olens , SNAP , USDA

Olens says no to drug tests for food stamps

Attorney General Sam Olens advises Gov. Nathan Deal the state cannot violate federal policy and require drug tests for food stamp applicants . . .

Tags: drug tests , food stamps , Greg Morris , Sam Olens , USDA

Drug test law’s future is unclear, but food stamp backlog has been reduced

DHS officials get some good news and some bad news this week about the state’s administration of the food stamp program . . .

Tags: application backlogs , DHS , drug tests , food stamps , Keith Horton , USDA

Feds shoot down drug tests for food stamp applicants

The USDA tells Georgia it cannot order food stamp applicants to take and pass a drug test to be eligible for benefits . . .

Tags: DHS , drug tests , food stamp applicants , Greg Morris , Nathan Deal , USDA

Political Notes – Among the state’s papers, the session’s reviews are mixed

The General Assembly session didn’t exactly receive rave reviews on the editorial pages of Georgia’s newspapers . . .

Tags: Atlanta Braves stadium , drug tests , food stamps , Greg Morris , legislative session , newspaper comments , rural hospitals

Senate, House pass drug test bill for welfare applicants

Bill requiring drug tests for welfare applicants is passed by Senate; House signs off on it as well . . .

Tags: drug tests , food stamps , TANF benefits

House bill requires drug tests for food stamp applicants

House passes bill that would require applicants for TANF benefits and food stamps to pass drug tests . . .

Tags: drug tests , food stamps , Greg Morris , Stacey Evans , TANF benefits

Political Notes – Labor Department is the latest to link benefits to drug tests

Georgia Labor Department will try to keep applicants who fail employer drug tests from receiving unemployment benefits; Olens releases new rules for contingency fee counsel . . .

Tags: contingency fee rules , drug tests , Kasim Reed , Labor Department , Mark Butler , Sam Olens , unemployment benefits

Political Notes – Drug-testing law wound up costing Florida

Florida’s law requiring drug tests for welfare applicants, which is very similar to Georgia’s new law, cost the state nearly $46,000 before the law was overturned by a federal judge . . .

Tags: drug tests , Florida law , Georgia Supreme Court , Nathan Deal appointments , TANF applicants , welfare benefits