Thursday, September 08, 2011

Welfare drug testing challenged in federal court

A state law that requires poor Floridians to pass a drug test before receiving cash welfare assistance -- a key tenet of Gov. Rick Scott's campaign -- is now being challenged in federal court.

The lawsuit, from a Navy veteran in Orlando and the ACLU of Florida, acknowledges that the state can drug test in specific instances, such as when there are public safety issues or in cases affecting certain public school children.

But a blanket law ordering tests for all adults who apply for cash help amounts to "unreasonable and suspicionless searches" and violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, according to the lawsuit.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here. And see previous posts here and here.


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