Thursday October 8th, 2015 4:16PM

USDA says GA food stamp law violates federal rules

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says legislation requiring certain food stamp recipients in Georgia to submit to drug testing violates federal regulations. <br /> <br /> USDA regional administrator Robin Bailey said in a letter Tuesday to state officials that federal rules block states from imposing additional eligibility standards like drug tests for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit recipients. <br /> <br /> The drug testing law called for recipients suspected of drug abuse by Department of Human Services officials to undergo testing. <br /> <br /> USDA officials say the agency will continue working with the state to make sure food stamp benefits are administered according to federal guidelines. <br /> <br /> A similar proposal requiring drug tests for food stamp recipients in Florida was declared unconstitutional by federal courts.
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