Tags: Rick | Scott | sued | welfare | drug | test

Gov. Scott Sued Over Welfare Drug Test Law

Thursday, 08 Sep 2011 05:32 AM

By Bradford Schmidt

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Gov. Rick Scott is being sued in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida over the state’s new law requiring drug testing of welfare recipients. The ACLU asserts the law violates constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure by the government.
 
The Palm Beach Post reports that according to Florida’s Department of Children and Families, about 2.5 percent of welfare applicants have tested positive for drugs and been denied benefits since the law was enacted in July, though family members may still qualify for assistance.

In the recently filed ACLU case, however, despite being approved for benefits through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, 35-year-old Navy veteran Luis Lebron and his 4-year-old son were denied aid after Lebron refused to take a drug test.

The ACLU had already filed suit against Scott over his executive order requiring drug testing of all new state employees along with random screening of current workers. Scott has suspended that testing pending resolution of the suit.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved