“One of the reasons we are winning big in the Senate tonight is because of the way Democrats treated Brett Kavanaugh.”
“The conservative judicial train will keep running. President Trump has a lot to be proud of … without him I don’t think we would have had the night that we had.” @LindseyGrahamSC#ElectionNight response on Fox News”
Good news last night, very good news indeed.
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https://www.bizpacreview.com May 20, 2013 by Joe Saunders
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday vetoed almost $368 million in state spending before signing the budget for next year, including $1 million for a violence prevention and mental health initiative sought by thePalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Bradshaw’s program would have established a hotline for residents to call when they suspected an individual might be planning a violent act.
If a call were deemed cause for concern, that person might be visited by deputies trained to deal with mental health issues.
In interviews, he cited such incidents as the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and a movie theater in Auroroa, Colo., as instances where a watchful eye and trained help might have prevented tragedy. But the proposal drew fire from conservatives when a widespread quote from a Palm Beach Post story fueled fears of government taking action against people because of how they think, not how they’ve acted. “We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said in the article. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’”
Scott also turned down a 3 percent tuition increase for state college and university students.
5 months ago, on May 31, 2011, Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law which requires welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.
A 58-year-old Navy vet and business executive before he entered politics in 2010, Gov. Scott 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.” Scott said the drug testing will save Florida $77 million.
Fast forward to October 24, 2011.
The Associated Press reports that a federal judge temporarily blocked Florida’s new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits, saying it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Judge Mary Scriven ruled in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Luis Lebron, a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test.
The drug test can reveal a host of private medical facts about the individual, Scriven wrote, adding that she found it “troubling” that the drug tests are not kept confidential like medical records. The results can also be shared with law enforcement officers and a drug abuse hotline.
Scriven’s injunction will stay in place until she can hold a full hearing on the matter on some as-yet unscheduled date.
More than two-dozen states have also proposed drug-testing recipients of welfare or other government assistance, but Florida was the first state to enact such a law in more than a decade.Should any of those states pass a law and face a court challenge, Scriven’s ultimate ruling would likely serve as a legal precedent.
Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Governor Scott, said, ““Drug testing welfare recipients is just a common-sense way to ensure that welfare dollars are used to help children and get parents back to work. The governor obviously disagrees with the decision and he will evaluate his options regarding when to appeal.”
Earlier this year, Scott also ordered drug testing of new state workers and spot checks of existing state employees under him. But testing was suspended after the American Civil Liberties Union also challenged that policy in a separate lawsuit.
Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test since testing began in mid-July, but they aren’t required to say why. Thirty-two applicants failed the test and more than 7,000 have passed, according to the Department of Children and Families. The majority of positives were for marijuana.
Under the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families program, the state gives $180 a month for one person or $364 for a family of four. Those who test positive for drugs are ineligible for the cash assistance for one year, though passing a drug course can cut that period in half. If they fail a second time, they are ineligible for three years.
The ACLU says Florida was the first to enact such a law since Michigan tried more than a decade ago. Michigan’s random drug testing program for welfare recipients lasted five weeks in 1999 before it was halted by a judge, kicking off a four-year legal battle that ended with an appeals court ruling it unconstitutional.
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 reportsthat 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! ~Eowyn
970WFLA BREAKING NEWS ALERT The Florida State Senate has passed a Teacher Merit Pay and Tenure Bill that would effectively end tenure for teachers in the State of Florida. The bill, in its current form, would only apply to newly hired teachers after July 1, 2011. The State House will take up the bill next week. You get the feeling the leftist/ Berlin wall is finally cracking..? ~Steve~