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State to delay enforcing new law calling for drug test for welfare recipients

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As a new state law to drug-test welfare recipients went into effect Tuesday, state officials said they will delay enforcing it, even as opponents were girding to sue.

With the passage this spring of House Bill 772, the Georgia Legislature and Gov. Nathan Deal approved the nation's hardest-hitting law that calls for drug tests on recipients of poverty aid.

But a spokesman for Deal, Brian Robinson, on Tuesday told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the state will hold off on implementing HB 772 until a federal appeals court rules on a related Florida case, so as not to waste money on a legal fight.

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