Lawsuit Challenges Florida Law Requiring Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

A lawsuit filed this week challenges Florida’s new law that requires welfare recipients to pass a drug test. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and a Navy veteran, the Miami Herald reports. The lawsuit asserts the law’s drug-testing requirement represents an unconstitutional search and seizure.

The veteran, Luis Lebron, is a University of Central Florida student who cares for his son and disabled mother, and receives welfare. “I served my country, I’m in school finishing my education and trying to take care of my son,” Lebron said in an ACLU news release. “It’s insulting and degrading that people think I’m using drugs just because I need a little help to take care of my family while I finish up my education.”

The Florida law, which took effect July 1, requires applicants to be responsible for the cost of the screening. They can recover the costs if they qualify for assistance. Under the law, applicants who fail the drug screen can designate another person to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.

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    June 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I see no problem here. It’s got nothing to with civil liberties, it’s abotu common sense. I am from Australia and god know’s we need logic like this here. One step in the right direction for America I say!

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    October 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Get a grip people! If I have to pass a drug test to work my job and pay the taxes that help support welfare recipients, then those who receive those benefits should have to meet the same criteria. And those who complain about unreasonable search and seizure and violating another’s rights…I don’t recall anything in the constitution that mandates a welfare program. Regarding Social Security, in theory it should meet the same criteria, but in reality, people (most of them anyway) who receive those benefits have paid into that during their working lives. I worked summers as a teenager in the 70’s and they took out Social Security deductions from my check at 14 years of age. If yo don’t pass the test, you should not receive benefits. No martyrs, no whiners and no druggies.

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    September 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    It should not be degrading at all to him. If he is drug free, it should be no problem at all to take the drug test, pass, and continue to receive welfare. This test is just to keep the unworthies in their place. I would be ecstatic to take a drug test to receive welfare if I should need it. This way, the people that truly deserve it are not taken advantage of by those who don’t.

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