Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

There is a lot of good and bad in this and I suggest to make good or bad is a pointless exercise. However, it is a reality and a new piece of the pie on the table of reentry that has to be taken into account. The below article from CNN is short and clear.

June 01, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

Saying it is “unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening.

“It’s the right thing for taxpayers,” Scott said after signing the measure. “It’s the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don’t want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs.”

Under the law, which takes effect on July 1, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.


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One Response to Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure

  1. David Wright says:

    When I 1st heard about this, it became clear to be that the reasoning for this has likely to do more with money than any actually trying to make anything better for people.

    If this truly is about helping people and making things better, then should all people that receive money from the government thus be drug tested? And shouldn’t this then include federal employees as well?

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