Florida Bill to Test Welfare Applicants for Drugs Becomes Law

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Hooray for the state government in Florida!
Yesterday, May 31, 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law which will require welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.
CBSMiami.com reports that Florida Republicans said the measure was needed because if taxpayers are screened at their place of employment, so should welfare recipients.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

The welfare drug testing bill was a priority for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a 58-year-old Navy vet and business executive before he entered politics in 2010. He said, “While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction. This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars.”

The bill also requires that those who apply for welfare must pay for the drug testing out of their own pockets. However, the cost would be reimbursed if the person passes the drug test.
Challenges to the bill are sure to be launched. A similar law requiring random drug testing of Welfare recipients was passed in Michigan in 1999, only to be stopped by an activist judge a mere 5 weeks later. An appeals court ruled it unconstitutional after a four-year legal battle.
H/t beloved fellow Tina!

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0 responses to “Florida Bill to Test Welfare Applicants for Drugs Becomes Law

  1. Gov.Scott hits it out of the park with this one. Taxpayers have wanted this for many years. Every state needs to do this.

  2. Great for this governor! It’s absurd that we fund druggies’ habits.

  3. Governor Scott has done a VERY bad thing, this will bite him and everyone in FL. What happens to those who can’t afford to take tha required drug test?
    Please revisit what you should have learned in Sunday school and kindergarden, there is NOTHING Christian about this move.Really think about the big picture, this is not good.
    Jesus would weep.

    • “Jesus would weep.” Really?
      Jesus would approve of people exploiting other people tax payers by taking welfare money while imbibing illegal drugs? What warped notion of Jesus you have. In your perverse mind, Jesus is someone who exercises no moral discernment, does not distinguish right from wrong, favors the exploitation of people who work by the lazy and the self-indulgent. Shame on you.
      Stop misrepresentating the Lord thy God.The following quote is from #1 of The Didache – An Instruction of the Lord Given to the Heathen by the Twelve Apostles, which is the teaching of the twelve apostles after Jesus ascended into heaven. While instructing us to give to charity (which is distinguished from our present government-coerced welfare), the Apostles also taught that we must exercise judgment as to whom we give charity:
      “Let your alms sweat in your hands until you find out to whom to give.”

      • Well, sagebrush, I think the answer to all our questions is in the alias he chose for himself: day tripper.
        He’s trippin’ on somethin’ all right…. LOL

  4. Eowyn, Jesus would not give a flyin’ fudgesicle about that crap, HE WOULD FEED THE HUNGRY AND CLOTH THE NEKKID. READ YOUR BIBLE!!!
    Those who regurgitate this right wing crap at this sire are not CHRISTIANS
    Re evaluate your mind set because you are seriously mistaken.
    You have been served!!!

    • Really? How curious it is that you keep saying Jesus would do this, Jesus would do that, but you wouldn’t couldn’t actually cite/quote the Bible. Oh, I forgot, we are just supposed to take your word for it ’cause you are so brilliant, right? Ha Ha Ha Ha
      As for your last sentence: “You have been served!!!” I’ll take that as a threat.
      What I don’t understand about lefties like you is why you insist on coming onto a conservative Christian blog such as FOTM. Why do you insist on being around Christians whom you loath. Why do you stay in a country which you loath with every breath you inhale. I will now do you a favor by doing something that you seem unable to do. Get thee away from this blog. Forever.


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