Drug testing for food stamp recipients?

A woman at the counter at Woodall's. / Jessica Fairley

House Bill 772 has passed a committee. State Representative Greg Morris proposed the legislation.

Under the new law, those applying food stamps or welfare would have to take a drug test. That's if they raise "reasonable suspicion" of any drug use.

According to the bill, a person's demeanor or arrest records could prompt a drug test.

Although the bill has a way to go before it's official, one Albany commissioner says he's on the fence and he's concerned of how this will affect children.

"I guess what I'm concerned about is if they are using it what will be the penalty to be completely denied government assistance and then in the long run it will be the children that will be hurt by not receiving that type of government assistance like food stamps or TANF," said Jon Howard, Albany Commissioner.

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