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Drug Testing For Welfare in Florida
Florida Governor Rick Scott
Florida Drug Testing for Welfare
I got this in an e-mail today, which I just had to edit because it was duplicate web content from another site, and I kind of wondered what the community of writers might think about it. My personal feeling is that this kind of law is long overdue. If we are going to lend financial support to the genuinely needy, I have no problem with that, it is something we should do. What I do have a problem with is allowing a drug culture to sink it's roots deeper into society while we support it with our tax dollars. Every dollar we provide for a drug user is one that is taken from a family or individual whose role is our society is essential for the well being of our entire nation.
Here is basically what the e-mail said about Florida's new drug testing for welfare law:
Florida is the first state to pass a law mandating drug testing in order to receive welfare benefits. Only 49 states left to go.
Governor Rick Scott signed into law, a bill that requires drug testing before welfare funds can be given to an applicant. If the drug test is passed, the State refunds the cost of the test. If it is not, the applicant must pay for the test and won't be eligible for a year unless they complete a treatment program. If an applicant fails a second test, benefits are denied for three years.
Of course those entities that always scream foul play, some liberals, lots of Democrats and the ACLU, will claim it is unconstitutional even though drug testing is already mandatory these days with most job applications. No matter the probable outcome that it will be deemed Constitutional, these folks seem compelled to squeal anytime it may help send votes in their direction.
I would simply add that, if it were up to me, welfare recipients must re-test for drug use once or twice a year at a random interval to ensure they continue to remain drug-free.
So what are your thoughts? Care to share them with us?