A follow up on Florida governor Rick Scott’s drug testing of welfare applicants

As a followup to my previous post on why drug testing people who are applying for assistance is a bad idea, I’m paying attention to what happens with the fallout since a few people have asked me about the legality of the situation.

On Mother Jones, an article by Adam Weinstein titled Rick Scott’s Pee Test Fails a Court Test reports that a federal judge ruled that the tests are an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Also, Rick Scott himself has taken to backsliding about the whole thing and saying it was never about the money. Apparently it’s about children! Because if your parents have substance abuse issues you magically just don’t need to eat.


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