11th Circ. Shoots Down Fla.'s Welfare Drug Test Mandate

By Nathan Hale (December 3, 2014, 7:42 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision overturning a Florida law championed by Gov. Rick Scott that imposed mandatory drug testing on welfare applicants, saying it "offends" the Fourth Amendment.

In a 54-page opinion penned by U.S. Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus, the federal appeals court concluded that despite its stated goal of promoting work, protecting families and ensuring funds are used properly, the state had failed to meet the required standard of demonstrating a substantial special need that justifies granting an exception to allow warrantless, suspicionless searches of applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family benefits....

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