Welfare

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A federal appeals court has thrown out a 2011 law requiring the drug testing of Florida welfare recipients. Governor Rick Scott has backed efforts to reinstate the mandate, despite multiple courts ruling against him.

Maria Kayanan represents the American Civil Liberties Union, who brought the original suit on behalf of a Navy vet and welfare applicant who refused to submit to a drug test. While she’s pleased with the ruling, she says she’s not surprised.

The Scott administration has pushed hard for a policy of drug testing welfare recipients.
Micah Baldwin

  A plan for drug testing welfare recipients in Florida came before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week.  The American Civil Liberties Union is looking to the Fourth Amendment to challenge the policy.

The 2011 law required applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program to submit to drug testing in order to collect their benefits.  But ACLU of Florida attorney Maria Kayanan says this violates the constitution’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

MGN Online

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Florida law requiring recipients of welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing. It's the latest in an ongoing court battle between Governor Rick Scott and the American Civil Liberties Union over a bill Scott signed into law in 2011.

A temporary ban to block drug testing in Florida for welfare recipients is still in place, after a federal appeals court validated a lower court’s ruling that the state hasn’t shown why it’s necessary. Some are questioning the Governor’s motives for moving forward with the challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite two other courts upholding the ban.

Foundation for Government Accountability

A temporary ban on a Florida law requiring the drug testing of welfare recipients has been upheld by a federal appeals court. But, while the group that filed the lawsuit is declaring victory, it also says it’s disappointed in Governor Rick Scott who plans to fight the ruling.

Capital Report: 02-21-2012

Feb 21, 2012

Hundreds of government workers rallied in Tallahassee to protest what they call a war on the middle class.  James Call reports members of the labor union representing state county and city employees roamed the halls of the state Capitol to talk to lawmakers about policies they say favor the wealthy at the expense of working people.