Federal court nixes Fla. law for drug-testing welfare applicants

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.

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“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.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/26/court-nix-fla-law-drug-testing-welfare-applicants/#ixzz2M2oIi8vJ

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