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Drug tests for welfare recipients?


Drug tests for welfare recipients?

MIAMI – Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing.

The law, a top priority of the Republican governor's first term, was ruled unconstitutional by two federal courts. Scott's administration did not ask the Supreme Court to consider the case by a Tuesday deadline.

American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon said that means lower court rulings invalidating the 2011 law will stand. "After nearly four years of litigation, this ugly attack on poor Floridians has finally come to an end," Simon said Wednesday. "This law was always about scoring political points on the backs of Florida's poor and treating them like suspected criminals without suspicion or evidence."

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven in Orlando originally declared the law requiring urine tests for the applicants to be an unconstitutional search and seizure, a ruling upheld by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December. Scriven and the appeals judges found no evidence of a pervasive drug problem among Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program applicants.

The ACLU challenged the law on behalf of Luis Lebron, an Orlando Navy veteran and single father who refused to submit to a urine test. The 11th Circuit found that only about 2.6 percent of Florida welfare applicants failed the drug test during the four months the law was in effect, almost half for marijuana use.

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{I find I have mixed feelings about the issue of mandatory drug testing for recipients of welfare. On one hand I am concerned about the children of those receiving assistance and whether they are getting the benefits of the funds provided or are they being victimized by their parents drug habits?

On the other hand why should we presume that the poor and those who are temporarily down on their luck are engaged in criminal behaviour? As well the stats seem to show that its not that big of a problem and that half of those found using drugs were only smoking grass. Do these drug test also look for alcohol abuse? If [sign in to see URL] not?

If the government is going to insist that people getting federal monies should have mandatory drug tests shouldn't they have them as well? What do you think of it all?}


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Personal we in the UK are in much the same situation. IMHO a re-think as to Benefits must be made.
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