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Subject:  FL Judge Sides With The Beaten-Up Date:  1/2/2014  11:49 AM
Author:  spl241 Number:  1916752 of 2317402

Huffington article: "Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Struck Down By Federal Judge"

Basically, the judge said that this Rick Scott bit of political genius violated constitutional protection against unreasonable searches. GOP Gov. Scott campaigned on a promise to expand drug testing. Scott, naturally, will appeal ASAP. He sees temporary assistance to needy families (TANF program), which is a fed/state program helping poor families with dependent kids to pay for food, shelter, and other basic necessities, as a frivolous theft of taxpayer money. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven permanently halted enforcement of the law in Tuesday's ruling, arguing that..... "there is nothing inherent in the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion there is a concrete danger that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use...."

Luis Lebron is a Navy vet going to college with sole custody of his 5 y.o. daughter. He was denied TANF after refusing to be tested and filed suit. Mr. Lebron asserted in 2011 that..."the law assumes that everyone who needs a little help has a drug problem. It judges a whole group of people on their temporary economic situation."

During the time the law prevailed, only 2.6% of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly weed, according to court documents. This is a failure rate well below that of the general population, as affirmed by the Dept. of HHS. The TNAF applicants had to somehow cough up between $25-45 from their "wealth-building capital" to pay for testing to prove they were not guilty until proven innocent.

Rick Scott--a true Amerikan leader championing the downtrodden of the Sunshine State.
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