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A recent poll of Georgia voters says that while 64 percent of those surveyed favor drug-testing for individuals applying for public assistance, a whopping 79 percent support drug-tests for lawmakers and other elected officials. The poll, conducted by the progressive organization Better Georgia, also reveals that 66 percent of voters support testing of CEO’s of companies that receive any form of government money.
The poll was inspired by Georgia House Bill 677, proposed by State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), that stipulates that all members of the Georgia State Assembly should be tested for drugs before they can continue to collect their government paychecks. Holcomb proposed his bill in response to Senate Bill 292, introduced by State Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and other Republicans, a measure that mimics Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to drug-test all applicants for welfare benefits.
Applicants would be forced to pay for the tests out-of-pocket, but some may qualify for reimbursement through the state Medicare system. Republican lawmakers who favor the bill seem undaunted by the fact that Florida’s plan has revealed a startlingly low number of positive test results and has ended up costing the state considerably more than it saves.
Originally posted by yourmaker
oh super!! now we are coming into the age of suspicion. YOU'RE ALL ON DRUGS, right? only one way to prove it.
give me all your identification. then after, when we find out you are on drugs, we will publically shame you, then fire you and remove you from the gene pool entirely. do not collect $200, do not pass GO.
this craziness over drugs has to end.
Originally posted by LittleBlackEagle
if this goes through and begins to spread among states, you will suddenly, as if by magic, see many drugs being decriminalized or reduced to misdemeanors across the board. they'll give it a catchy phrase, we have re thought our policy on the drug war and feel we should treat it as a health issue instead of a criminal issue.