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Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients IS Constitutionally Legal, Says Expert

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The state of Florida recently saw it’s welfare recipient drug testing program challenged in court by the ACLU and others.  Expert says it’s completely legal.

The National Center For Public Policy Research, an independent think tank, recently ran a feature from former Constitutional law professor Horace Cooper, that argues drug testing for welfare recipients is well within the limits of the Constitution.  Federal District Judge Mary Scriven recently ruled in favor of the ACLU in issuing a temporary restraint against the new Florida program.   State officials found from studies considerable money was saved by testing welfare recipients for drug use; those found to be using were terminated from the program.   Florida officials said drug use severely limits a person’s ability to find and hold a job, and to break out of the cycle of poverty.  Several dozen states are considering implementing such programs.  Do you think it’s legal?

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