By Richard Belcher
ATLANTA — State attorney General Sam Olens notified federal officials Friday that Georgia will not continue to pursue drug-testing of selected food stamp recipients.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher said that apparently ends what could have become a very long bureaucratic and legal fight.
Federal food stamp officials warned state legislators that tacking a drug-testing requirement onto food stamp applications would not be allowed.
The bill passed overwhelmingly
and Gov. Nathan Deal signed it. In the span of four days this week, the drug-testing plan died.
In an election year the proposal was enormously popular in the general assembly. It got nearly two-thirds of the vote in the House and more than two-thirds in the Senate—nearly all of those Republicans.
Democrats overwhelmingly opposed it.
More than 800,000 Georgians currently receive food stamps. Another 80,000 and 100,000 people apply each month.
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