Florida Bill to Test Welfare Applicants for Drugs Becomes Law

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


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

day tripper
day tripper

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.

day tripper
day tripper

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!!!