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Florida judge blocks welfare drug testing

Florida judge blocks welfare drug testing

POSTED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 4:38pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:56am

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

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Dont block the new laws, They need the money to purchse more drugs The judge must be the drug dealers mother.

I have been the recipient of welfare benefits. I think if you receive benefits from the state then you should have to pass a drug test. I would not have had a problem with being tested. I needed the help at the time and was grateful to get it. I would see people in the office that I knew was on drugs or driving an expensive car. It made me mad then and it makes me mad now!

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