Court rejects Scott appeal on welfare drug tests

Author: Associated Press
MGN Online

MIAMI (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to reinstate a law that would require welfare benefits applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed last year’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven that the law is an unconstitutional search and seizure. Scott’s administration wanted the appeals court to overturn that ruling.

The 11th Circuit panel agreed there was no evidence of a pervasive drug problem among applicants for the program, known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida challenged the 2011 law on behalf of Luis Lebron, a Navy veteran and single father from Orlando who refused to submit to a drug test.

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