Skip to comments.ACLU Plans Lawsuit Over Welfare Drug Tests
Posted on 09/07/2011 4:51:42 PM PDT by kcvl
MIAMI -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida plans to challenge the state's law requiring new welfare recipients to pass a drug test. An ACLU spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Orlando man, Luis Lebron.
The spokesman says Florida's drug testing law is unconstitutional, saying it violates the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure protections.
No further details of the lawsuit were immediately available. Gov. Rick Scott signed the drug testing bill into law in July. Under the law, welfare applicants must pay for the drug tests. If they pass, they'll get reimbursed. If they fail, they can't get benefits for at least a year, and could face child abuse charges.
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The lead plaintiff in the case is Luis Lebron, a 35-year-old Navy veteran living in Orlando and attending the University of Central Florida.
A single father, he cares for his four-year-old son and disabled mother.
“The new law assumes that everyone who needs a little help has a drug problem,” Lebron said Wednesday. “It’s wrong and unfair. It judges a whole group of people on their temporary economic situation.”
Under the drug testing law, welfare applicants are required to pay for the test but are reimbursed by the state if it is negative.
Positive tests carry an immediate six-month ban on receiving welfare cash. A second positive test results in a three-year ban.
how bout we stop providing welfare in florida
Of course. It's what they do.
Child abuse charges if you fail the drug test? Huh?
Where in the constitution is he granted a right to taxpayer-paid funds?
Before I retired from the National Guard, I was subject to random drug testing from 4 different government agencies.
USCG (I hold a “Merchant Mariners Document” for my job)
ODOT (I have a class A CDL for my job)
Marion County Public Works (my employer)
OR National Guard
Never flunked a test. It’s not that hard. Just don’t do drugs...
ACLU just trying to keep Cloward/Piven alive and well...
The new law assumes that everyone who needs a little help has a drug problem, Lebron said Wednesday.
Ive been subject to drug testing in order to hold a job since 1985. I dont care. What I do care about is paying somebody to lay around all day doing drugs on my tax money.
I work for the VA...I had to pass a drug screen to be hired and am subject to random tests anytime HR wants.
You want MY money, then you gotta piss in the bottle. Exceptions will be given for people who are prescribed opioids.
They will lose this one.
Hey, I had to pass a drug test to get my job, and hubby had to take one whenever they tell him to. Why shouldn’t they have to take one? So it’s ok for me to take one in order to support them, but they should e exempt? Sheesh.
If the providers of the money have to take drug tests, why shouldn't those getting the money?
On one job, I administered some of the tests. One of the things we told new hires was that "No, you are not required to take the test, but if you don't, the company is not required to give you a job."
I don't see why it should be any different for public assistance.
Besides, if you can afford the illegal drugs, you don't much need the assistance, now do you?
Ditto, had to pee in a cup to get off un-employment and get back to paying taxes to support those not working.
Everyone’s so polite here.
I had to p** in the bottle from 1972 in Vietnam until November of last year. Active duty, reserves, mox nix.
Then I got to serve on admin separation boards. When yardbirds showed up after p***ing hot for the third time, it was so much fun to give thumbs down to these repeat druggies. Who needs ‘em?
Drug testing welfare recipients makes too much sense, so of course the ACLU opposes it just like anything else that might delay the downfall of Western Civilization.
If a test is positive for a substance but there is a legal, legitimate prescription for the substance, it's considered a "clean" test.
no fourth amendment violation is there. you do not have to accept help therefore if you choose not to accept help you don’t have to have the test.
Florida big news ping!
Gawd I am sick of these people.
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