A new law that allows food-stamp and welfare recipients to be tested for drugs may violate federal law.
House Bill 772, approved on the last day of the General Assembly, is currently awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature.
But as reported in Southern Political Report, a recent email from a federal official shows that at least the food stamp portion of the bill may run into problems.
On March 7, an email was sent to Georgia officials from Robert Caskey of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the food stamp program). Caskey cited federal law which says, “no state agency shall impose any other standards of eligibility” beyond the provisions of the federal Food and Nutrition Act, which does not require drug testing.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Greg Morris (R-Vidalia), still believes the bill will pass legal muster.
Almost 2 million Georgians receive food stamps.