Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A victory for smaller government in Florida.

Suck on this, Rick Scott.

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Florida's controversial law requiring welfare applicants be drug tested in order to receive benefits.

Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction against the state, writing in a 37-page order that the law could violate the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on illegal search and seizure.

"The constitutional rights of a class of citizen are at stake," Scriven wrote in an order filed in the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division.


"If invoking an interest in preventing public funds from potentially being used to fund drug use were the only requirement to establish a special need," Scriven wrote, "the state could impose drug testing as an eligibility requirement for every beneficiary of every government program. Such blanket intrusions cannot be countenanced under the Fourth Amendment."

Florida should be drug-testing the Republicans who voted for this law.

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