Drug testing welfare applicants unconstitutional?
Under a new Florida law, people applying for welfare have
to take a drug test at their own expense. If they pass, they
are eligible for benefits and the state reimburses them for
the test. If they fail, they are denied welfare for a year, until
they take another test.
Mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants is becoming
a popular idea across the U.S. Many states - including Alabama,
Kentucky, Oklahoma and Louisiana - are considering adopting
laws like Florida's. At the federal level, Senator David Vitter, a
Louisiana Republican, has introduced the Drug Free Families
Act of 2011, which would require all 50 states to drug-test
welfare applicants. (See photos inside Colorado's marijuana
And the focus isn't even limited to welfare. In July, Indiana
adopted drug tests for participants in a state job-training program.
An Ohio state senator, Tim Grendell, recently said he plans to
introduce a bill to require the unemployed to take a drug test
before they receive unemployment benefits.