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Court rules drug testing of welfare recipients unconstitutional



A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a law requiring Florida cash welfare recipients first pass a drug test. The law, enacted in 2011, had been temporarily blocked by a federal judge under grounds that it might constitute an illegal search and seizure.

Tuesday's ruling confirmed that earlier interpretation.

Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned on a promise to require drug tests, said he would appeal.

"Any illegal drug use in a family is harmful and even abusive to a child," Scott said. "We should have a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use in families – especially those families who struggle to make ends meet and need welfare assistance to provide for their children. We will continue to fight for Florida children who deserve to live in drug-free homes by appealing this judge's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 3:04pm]


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