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Florida & Kentucky Among First States To Require Drug Test For Welfare Recipients

Florida Passes Legislation To Drug Test Welfare Recipients
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Governor Rick Scott of Florida has just signed into law legislation that requires welfare recipients to pass a drug screening in order to receive welfare assistance. This is meeting with high controversy from some and huge support from others.

Now, anyone applying for government assistance will be required to pass a drug test which they purchase themselves. They will be reimbursed upon passing the test and then be qualified to receive assistance.

Some feel this is a way to ensure that tax payer funds go to people who are willing to better their lives and not end up in the pockets of small time drug dealers. A law similar to this was passed in Michigan in 1999 but was repealed when a Michigan judge ruled it unconstitutional.

Should taxpayers support people who are using illegal drugs, or should this be ruled unconstitutional?

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