Sen. Joyner files bill to repeal law requiring drug testing of welfare recipients
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows 71 percent of Florida voters approve a new law pushed by Gov. Rick Scott that requires welfare recipients to pass drug tests to receive benefits. But Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, is not among that 71 percent. She filed a bill this week that would repeal the law, which is being challenged in court.
"The bill Republicans pushed last session is not only likely to be found unconstitutional, it was unnecessary," Joyner said in a prepared statement. "Floridians who through no fault of their own fell victim to the Great Recession are not only being forced to submit to mandatory drug testing to receive emergency help, but taxpayers are being forced to pay for a screening that has already been found to be a waste of money. This is Big Brother at its worst."