Florida judge blocks welfare drug testing
POSTED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 8:56am
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.
Information from Associated Press