Court Sets Hearing Date on Welfare Drug Tests

Drug Testing
Posted at 12:03 AM, Sep 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 20:09:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments about Governor Rick Scott's attempt to require drug testing as a condition for people receiving public-assistance benefits.

The hearing is set for November 20, 2014.

The state is seeking to require drug testing for people who receive welfare benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

But it has faced some legal setbacks, with a U.S. District Judge issuing a ruling that found the urine tests would violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

The Scott administration argues that drug use can impede the ability of public-assistance beneficiaries to get jobs and also harms families.