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Florida is Requiring Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
says that the state of Florida has become the first state to require
drug testing of welfare recipients.
The Truth: Florida's Governor Rick Scott
made true a campaign promise and signed a new law that will begin testing welfare recipients for illicit
drug use according to a
May 31, 2011 article by Reuters. The article said, "supporters
say it will help ensure that taxpayer money is used to get families on
their feet and not to fuel drug habits at state expense."
The article also said that after July 1, 2011
any "recipients who test positive for drugs would be denied benefits for
a year." A three year denial of benefits would be enforced
to those who failed a second test. The federal food stamp program
will not be affected by this new law.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Florida Legal Services
are opposed to the new law and said they are considering filing suit
against the state.
On September 9, 2011 VFTV in Orlando, Florida reported that "the fight
over Florida's new law requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test
is heading to court, and an Orlando man is leading the charge. The
American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Luis Lebron."
The news report said that the case is scheduled to be heard at the
federal courthouse in Orlando in September.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Florida is the first state - Hooray
for Florida!!!! Florida is the first state requiring drug testing to
receive welfare! In signing the new law, Republican Gov. Rick Scott
said, "If Floridians want welfare, they better make sure they are
Applicants who test positive for
illicit substances won't be eligible for the funds for a year, or until
they undergo treatment.
Those who fail a second time would be
banned from receiving funds for three years!
Naturally, a few people are crying
this is unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional? It's completely
legal that every other working people have to pass drug tests in order
to get a J-O-B which supports those on welfare!
Forward if you agree!! Let's get
Welfare back to the ones who NEED it, not those who WON'T get a
JOB.....I AGREE!!!! 100%....
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