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.
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!