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      Bill would require drug testing to get food stamps

      People seeking government help to buy food could now be tested for drug use under a bill approved by the House and Senate.

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      People seeking government help to buy food could now be tested for drug use under a bill approved by the Georgia House and Senate.

      Lawmakers voted 29-22 on Thursday to approve the plan and then it went back to the House for final approval.

      The vote came on the final day of the General Assembly's annual session.

      The plan would allow state officials to test people if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that a person is using drugs.

      There are some who say drug users should still be able to get assistance.

      "They need food," Jamya Lawrence said. "They need to eat. Everybody needs to eat."

      A previous plan to drug test welfare recipients in the state was let go after federal courts found a similar program in Florida was unconstitutional.

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