Judge blocks Florida's new welfare drug testing law

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked Florida's controversial new law requiring that welfare applicants pass a drug test to receive benefits.

Judge Mary Scriven issued the temporary injunction Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit against the state last month calling the law unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who is finishing his college degree.

Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test since it began in mid-July. They aren't required to explain why.

Applicants must pay $25 to $35 for the test and are reimbursed by the state if they pass.

The ACLU said Florida was the first to enact the law since Michigan tried more than a decade ago.

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  • by Doug S. Location: Lenoir City on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Rest of the Story? What was the reason to block it? I am subject to Drug Test to receive my Paycheck!
  • by Michelle Location: Knoxville on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    I think this is a wonderful law! I know here in Knoxville, a lot of the individuals that receive welfare, end up using money to buy drugs or they sell their food stamps to buy drugs. I think it should be passed in every state!!!


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