Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Federal Judge Bars Florida's welfare drug-test law

CNN reports that:
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial Florida law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction Monday evening against enforcement of the law's "suspicion-less drug testing" of adults seeking federal welfare. The law went into effect July 1, but a single father and the American Civil Liberties Union contend in a lawsuit that the new law is unconstitutional and violates Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. "Perhaps no greater public interest exists than protecting a citizen's rights under the constitution," the judge wrote, quoting a 1997 Hawaii case. Under the law, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services requires the drug tests of adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The aid recipients are responsible for the cost of the screening, which they recoup in their assistance if they qualify.

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