The bill moves on to the state House of Representatives for approval.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
State welfare recipients are one step closer to having to undergo drug testing before they receive state money, since the Georgia Senate passed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act on Wednesday. However, the bill still needs to go to the state House of Representatives for approval before it becomes law. Sponsored by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell), the legislation requires recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to undergo drug screening to determine welfare eligibility. “True compassion is doing what’s best for people, not what’s easiest,” said Albers. “This is the ideology behind why the bill is named the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act. With the passage of SB 292 today, we will help ensure the …
Workers and companies pay into unemployment insurance. Georgia lawmakers want to attach a volunteer clause to benefits, but doesn't that perpetuate the stigma that unemployment benefits are welfare?
Dubbed the "Dignity for the Unemployed Act," the bill proposed by Georgia lawmakers would force applicants for state unemployment benefits to perform at least 24 hours of volunteer service a week at a nonprofit charitable organization, reports the AJC. The mandate would kick in after the first two weeks of eligibility. The commissioner of the state Labor Department could waive the requirement in cases of hardship. According to the AJC, State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, has signed on as the bill's chief sponsor, with support from others including Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock. Here’s a link to the prefiled legislation for the General Assembly session starting in mid-January. One of the big stigmas of unemployment benefits…