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Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students
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Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students

ATLANTA -- Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) recently engaged in a discussion and debate with a Law and Social Welfare class at Georgia State University's College of Law.

The topic: House Bill 861, which requires welfare recipients to undergo a drug test before receiving benefits.

Albers has been a staunch supporter of the bill since the beginning. It was signed into law in April.

"This legislation offers families in need a 'hand-up' rather than a 'hand-out,'" Albers said. "HB 861 will help to break the cycle of poverty and drug abuse, and ensure that government tax dollars are not being used to purchase illegal narcotics."

The Georgia State students, who study under professor Courtney Anderson, prepared for their debate with Albers by discussing HB 861's constitutionality and reading data that discusses the likelihood of its effectiveness.

"We are very appreciative of Sen. Albers for giving his time to speak to our class," Anderson said after the debate. "It was a lively discussion and an invaluable experience for our students to be able to engage directly with the sponsor of legislation relevant to social welfare."

Albers also enjoy the opportunity to debate with budding attorneys.

"I was honored to assist in informing our future lawyers and attorneys of the issues they may face when practicing social welfare law," he said. "I look forward to seeing their limitless careers play out."

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