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    Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Saying it is "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction," Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening.
    "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.
    Shortly after the bill was signed, five Democrats from the state's congressional delegation issued a joint statement attacking the legislation, one calling it "downright unconstitutional."
    "Governor Scott's new drug testing law is not only an affront to families in need and detrimental to our nation's ongoing economic recovery, it is downright unconstitutional," said Rep. Alcee Hastings. "If Governor Scott wants to drug test recipients of TANF benefits, where does he draw the line? Are families receiving Medicaid, state emergency relief, or educational grants and loans next?"
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    We can only hope Rep. Hastings, that is the next step.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.
    Oh.

    So Floriduh has found a new way to subsidize pimps?

    If they fail the drug test, they shouldn't get any money. Period. And, because the applicant has now been proven to be an unfit parent, their children should be placed in foster care until the parent has proven her fitness by a success completion of drug rehab and a job.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    How is it unconstitutional?
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    How is it unconstitutional?
    It's Alcee Hastings blathering on like a moron. Like watching a train wreck.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    How is it unconstitutional?
    Because it's just mean.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Pathetic partisan piece of legislation. Funny how those people and employees of companies that get government handouts are not forced to drug testing... oh yea, forgot, they are also contributors to this hack job of a governor so they are exempt..
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Pathetic partisan piece of legislation. Funny how those people and employees of companies that get government handouts are not forced to drug testing... oh yea, forgot, they are also contributors to this hack job of a governor so they are exempt..
    I'm sorry, but I fail to see how it causes any harm by requiring that people who are surviving SOLELY off of government handouts be able to prove that they are drug free.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Beggers can't be choosers. Good piece of legislation, it greatly angers me when people are always complaining about how times are so hard, even though they are receving government welfare, and still find the financial accountability to buy drugs, beer, cigs, etc.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Quote Originally Posted by DontDoIt View Post
    Beggers can't be choosers. Good piece of legislation, it greatly angers me when people are always complaining about how times are so hard, even though they are receving government welfare, and still find the financial accountability to buy drugs, beer, cigs, etc.
    Oh yeah, pay for $250 in groceries with food stamps, then throw down $60 on a carton of cigs and $20 on a case of beer. That's responsibility right there.
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    Re: Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Pathetic partisan piece of legislation. Funny how those people and employees of companies that get government handouts are not forced to drug testing... oh yea, forgot, they are also contributors to this hack job of a governor so they are exempt..
    I don't know about Spain, but pretty much every major corporation and even many small companies require you to pass a drug screen before you can be offered a position.

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