The constitutionality of requiring drug tests for government assistance is unclear. One thing is evident, though – Any attempt to enforce or enact such a law is headed for court!
"A new law signed by Gov. Rick Scott that mandates a small sector of welfare recipients pass a drug test before getting their benefits has Polk County assistance program leaders concerned.
The hotly contested law will affect Floridians who apply for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits after July 1. While regional offices of the Department of Children and Family Services await a plan for implementation from Tallahassee, Polk County social services officials expressed reservation.
“It could create a devastating situation where folks who need those services won’t come out and apply,” said Deloris Johnson, chief executive of Agricultural and Labor Program Inc. “It affects the family unit itself, not just the individual.”