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Old 02-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Federal court nixes Fla. law for drug-testing welfare applicants

Well, at least the folks paying for it still have to be tested.

A federal appeals court Tuesday agreed to block enforcement of a Florida law that requires people who apply for welfare to submit to drug testing, calling it an unreasonable search.

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously upheld a lower court’s injunction, which stops drug testing for applicants of the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

“The simple act of seeking public assistance does not deprive a TANF applicant of the same constitutional protection from unreasonable searches that all other citizens enjoy,” the judges said.

The ACLU of Florida, with the Florida Justice Institute, challenged the 2011 law on behalf of Luis Lebron, a Navy veteran and single father who applied for welfare to support his 4-year-old son.

“I am thrilled for Luis and his family, and for the thousands of class members he represents, that yet another court has affirmed that all of us are protected from unreasonable, invasive, suspicion-less searches,” Maria Kayanan, associate legal director for the ACLU of Florida, said in a statement. “The state of Florida can’t treat an entire segment of our community like suspected criminals simply because they are poor and are trying to get temporary assistance from the government to support their families.”

Judge Rosemary Barkett said in the ruling that the state failed to prove that there was any reason to treat poor families in Florida as more likely to be drug users.

Since Florida passed its law, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Utah and Tennessee also have approved measures requiring citizens who apply for government assistance to submit to drug tests. The ACLU said other states have passed similar laws, and legislatures in many other states are considering such legislation.

In 2011, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, issued an executive order requiring state employees to undergo mandatory drug tests as well. A federal judge also blocked that move.

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There are many instances where the goverment will look into your life when you have not blatantly commited a crime.

You will be investigated if you are thaught to be evading taxes.

You will be investigated if your finances don't match your stadard of living.

You will be investigated before you get a job by a drug test. Why do they get to do that. Thats should be an unresonable search according to them.

These people want our tax money, we should be able to ask them to take a drug test if they want it. Alot of people are in thier own financial mess because of thier decisions to use drugs that they made on thier own. Then they want us to pay for it because they can't get a job because of that.

Our goverment is forgetting it also represents us working tax payers too. Not just the ones who are poor and want a hand out.

Piss on them.
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Our goverment is forgetting it also represents us working tax payers too. Not just the ones who are poor and want a hand out.
LIES! The only ones that matter to the left are those on govt assistance. I can't wait until those who pay for everything finally say enough is enough and stop.
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This is exactly why I supported Gingrich's position that most of the Federal Judgeships be sructinized by Congress and have thier funding removed, effectively rendering their jurisdiction closed if they go too far...

This measure was on the ballot. It could be voted for by the people of Florida. I voted for it, Scott tried to implement it and some scumbag pencilneck decides it's not in someone's best interest and I the majority that voted for it have to live with some douchebag's personal decision.

Why does a Federal Judge have jurisdiction over a state's internal matters?
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This is exactly why I supported Gingrich's position that most of the Federal Judgeships be sructinized by Congress and have thier funding removed, effectively rendering their jurisdiction closed if they go too far...

This measure was on the ballot. It could be voted for by the people of Florida. I voted for it, Scott tried to implement it and some scumbag pencilneck decides it's not in someone's best interest and I the majority that voted for it have to live with some douchebag's personal decision.

Why does a Federal Judge have jurisdiction over a state's internal matters?

x 10. Also voted for it. You want free money there are guidelines for it. Can't meet them well sorry we're here when you can.
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