Gov. Deal signs bill requiring drug testing for benefits
BY ERRIN HAINES ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed legislation that would require some people applying for welfare in Georgia to pass a drug test before they could get benefits. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act in the final days of the session, on votes that fell along partisan lines. Sponsors say its intent is to ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose, and not to subsidize drug use and associated criminal activity, and that it will also protect poor children and help addicted adults rebuild their lives.