Viewpoint: Food Stamp Drug Testing

A new state law goes into effect next week that would require Georgia food stamp recipients, suspected of drug abuse, to undergo drug testing.  But that law will never be enforced.

The food stamp program is funded by the federal government, and federal law prohibits states from adding any additional requirements for people who receive the benefits.

Georgia lawmakers knew that when they passed the bill, and Governor Nathan Deal knew that when he signed it.  Republican leaders put this law on the books simply because they think it makes them look good in the eyes of their core supporters.

State Attorney General Sam Olens had no choice recently but to announce Georgia will not enforce the law.  He shouldn't have been put in that position by lawmakers and a Governor who don't care that their law is illegal or that passing it was an embarrassing waste of time.

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