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Morris Bills Move to Senate
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

March 4--  Two bills championed by State Representative Greg Morris of Vidalia are moving from the House to the Georgia Senate for consideration.

The most controversial would require drug testing for food stamp recipients.  A federal appeals court judge has ruled that unconstitutional in Florida, however, Morris thinks his bill will pass constitutional muster by putting the legislature in charge of determining eligibility standards for food stamps.

"It's certainly worth giving it an effort.  It's important that we begin turning this thing around.  One in five Georgians now are receiving food stamps and that's too many, we can't sustain it.  I believe there is massive fraud and misuse of the program.  

"We need to look at not only stopping the fraud and abuse, but to limiting eligibiity.  That's part of the strategy of the bill.  There may be ways moving forward that we can figure out how to drastically reduce the number of people who are on food stamps in Georgia.  That's the most important thing," Morris believes.

The other bill Morris authored would place a privately funded monument on the Capitol grounds engraved with the Ten Commandments and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and the preamble to the state constitution.  It received bipartisan support in the House.

A bill opposed by most Georgia sheriffs died in the House.  It would have prohibited the confiscation of money and property seized in drug raids by law enforcement.

Meanwhile, a Senate bill requiring insurance companies to provide some basic coverage for treatment of autistic children moved to the House Insurance Committee for consideration.  Ava's Law is named for the daughter of Anna Bullard of Toombs County. 

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