Florida Law on Drug Testing for Welfare Is Struck Down
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#1 Jan 1, 2014
KEY WEST A federal judge in Orlando struck down a Florida law on Tuesday that required welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing.
Judge Mary S. Scriven of United States District Court wrote in her decision that the states testing requirement was unconstitutional.The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied, she wrote. The ruling made permanent an earlier, temporary ban by the judge.
The requirement had been a signature legislation of Gov. Rick Scott, who argued that the drug testing was necessary to help protect taxpayers and families. Mr. Scott said Tuesday that the state would appeal the ruling.
Any illegal drug use in a family is harmful and even abusive to a child, he said in a statement.We should have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use in families especially those families who struggle to make ends meet and need welfare assistance to provide for their children.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/us/florida-...
#3 Jan 1, 2014
They should also be tested for alcohol and eliminted from Government programs if consuming.
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