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November 3--  Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) plans to introduce the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, requiring mandatory drug testing for social service applicants.

If passed, this landmark legislation would require welfare recipients to undergo screening for illegal drugs to determine welfare eligibility. The bill provisions outline that if an applicant fails to comply with state-mandated drug testing or produces a positive result, the applicant will be disqualified from receiving state benefits for a specified period of time which will be determined by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

 “Passing this bill is a step in the right direction for our hardworking citizens, and will curb the entitlement mentality that has become so pervasive in our society,” said Senator Albers. “Georgians should no longer have to foot the heavy burden of paying for those with drug addictions. Earlier this year, similar welfare-related drug screening was passed in Florida and Missouri, and has set a new precedent for social accountability and responsibility.”

According to the bill, all pre-screening measures will remain confidential and exempt from becoming public record unless necessary for the administration of these provisions or otherwise mandated by federal or state law.

 “The Social Responsibility and Accountability Act touts the virtues of individual responsibility and accountability, and relieves the taxpayer from undue tax burdens,” said Senator Albers. “The proposed legislation would serve to reward law-obeying citizens who need assistance the most.”

Sen. John Albers, (R-Roswell) along with Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will hold a press conference Tuesday, November 15 to discuss welfare-based reforms. The press conference will be held in the Senate Press Conference Room in the Coverdell Legislative Building at 8:30 a.m.