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Rep. Oliver – ‘Troubled’ by drug testing bill

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Rep. Oliver – ‘Troubled’ by drug testing bill

Mary Margaret Oliver

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D- Decatur)

The Republicans in the state General Assembly are keeping everyone busy with election-year shenanigans this session.

One law proposed by a House GOP member drew scrutiny from Decatur Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver.

According to The Albany Herald, Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia, has introduced legislation to drug test welfare and food stamp applicants.

Florida passed a similar law and it was overturned because it tested everyone who applied.

Morris thinks he’s found a way around that, according to The Herald. His law says applicants will be tested if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that they are drug users, based on things like their “demeanor.”

Oliver was skeptical.

According to the paper, Oliver predicted the law would trigger a lawsuit if it passes. “How is a caseworker going to define demeanor?,”she said, adding. “I am very, very troubled [about] the way Georgia spends its money on litigation.”

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