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Arguments set in challenge to FL drug testing law

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a legal challenge to a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued to challenge the law. A federal judge in Florida temporarily blocked the law last year pending the outcome of that legal challenge.

Florida has appealed the temporary block to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear arguments Thursday.

The ACLU argues the testing violates constitutional protection against unreasonable searches. Florida has argued that the law would save money and has said people who refused the test during the four months the law was in effect skipped it because they knew they would test positive.

The ultimate outcome could affect similar efforts in other states.

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toby 1 year, 5 months ago

I hope Florida wins and it spreads to all other states except California because we need some place for them to go and California is the best place to let bleeding heart liberals keep them up. If we had a congress that would cut taxes and bring jobs back to the US, then the folks who want off welfare could get a job and become self sufficient again. And for those who just want a free ride can enjoy California.

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Mack711 1 year, 5 months ago

If I am required by my employer to take a drug test, and pass, to keep my job and income from that job then tell me what is the difference? In this case we, the taxpayer, are the employers. Its simple if you want the $$$ clean up your act or get NO $$$. We the ones who are paying are tired of keeping you in your 60" HD TV's and your cell phones while some of you take drugs and make it harder for others who truly need help to get help. Hope the State of Florida wins this one.

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