Fla. Drug Test Mandate For Welfare Applicants Struck Down

Law360, Miami (January 2, 2014, 6:56 PM EST) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Florida law imposing mandatory drug testing on welfare applicants is unconstitutional, in a decision that could have reverberations in states that have followed Florida's lead with similar provisions.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state will appeal U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven's summary judgment order, which closely followed a February 2013 ruling by the 11th Circuit that upheld an earlier preliminary injunction in the case brought by Orlando resident Luis W. Lebron.

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