Florida court strikes down drug-testing law for welfare recipients | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Florida court strikes down drug-testing law for welfare recipients

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This was a certainty, but it happened: A Florida federal judge has struck down the Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients.

It amounts to an unconstitutional search, the judge ruled.

“The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied,” she wrote. The ruling made permanent an earlier, temporary ban by the judge.

Florida, which put the drug testing burden on both welfare and unemployment recipients, says it will appeal, though court rulings elsewhere offer little hope of success.

Arkansas is among many Republican-dominated legislatures that have attempted to pass similar laws. In 2013, Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's bill to mandate drug testing for unemployment recipients passed the Senate but died at the end of the session in an unfriendly House committee.

In Florida, drug testing has turned up few on drugs and the testing has cost more than the money saved.

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