The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that requiring food stamp recipients to earn their GED, pursue technical education, attend self-development classes or enroll in adult literacy classes.
Among those who would be exempt are people under 16 or over 59, the mentally or physically disabled, people working at least 30 hours a week, students, participants in alcohol or drug rehabilitation programs or people receiving unemployment benefits. The Department of Human Services would first implement a five-county pilot program before taking the initiative statewide.
The price tag on the pilot program is estimated at $23 million, with statewide implementation expected to cost $772 million.
Sen. William Ligon, the bill's sponsor, says the legislation is intended to help underemployed Georgians get the professional development training they need to better themselves.