Florida to Drug Test Welfare Recipients
ACLU files lawsuit saying law is unconstitutional
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2011 6:20 PM CDT
Updated Jun 4, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Governor Rick Scott signed a law this week requiring Floridians to submit urine, blood, or hair samples for drug testing before they could receive any cash aid from the state. Those testing positive will be banned from receiving aid for six months, though they can secure assistance for their children by designating someone else—who must also pass a drug test—to collect the money, the Miami Herald reports.

“The goal of this is to make sure we don’t waste taxpayers money,” Scott says. “Hopefully more people will focus on not using illegal drugs.” But the Florida ACLU has already filed a lawsuit claiming the law violates welfare recipients' fourth amendment rights. “It’s not even random drug testing,” one official tells WJHG. “It's drug testing of all people who apply for public assistance and you can't do that without suspicion of something.”

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Jul 7, 2011 12:08 PM CDT
One can only hope that the net affect will be that thousands of worthless leaches leave the state.
Jun 7, 2011 5:38 PM CDT
Some people complain that its invasion of their privacy to submit to drug testing to get their welfare check??? New idea for you people, try getting a job! I feel its an invasion of my privacy for you people to get money to sit on your large lazy butt while I slave and work and have to abide by the law to give you bottom feeders my hard earned money! Grow up put down the crack pipe and support your self!!!
Jun 5, 2011 8:59 PM CDT
You have the right to food money...Providing of course you don't mind a little...Investigation, humiliation, and if you cross your fingers...Rehabilitation.