Drug-Screening of Florida Welfare Recipients

(Tallahassee, Florida) Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Tuesday which requires drug screening of adults applying for welfare. Opponents are outraged, calling the measure "downright unconstitutional."

"It's the right thing for taxpayers," Scott said after signing the measure.

"It's the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don't want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs."

Under the law, which takes effect on July 1, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.

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