A federal judge in Orlando, Florida has declared that the state’s law requiring welfare applicants to undergo mandatory drug testing is unconstitutional, according to a recent article by the New York Times. It is expected that this ruling will serve as the groundwork for other similar cases popping up across the nation.
Is the Law Constitutional?
In her decision, Judge Mary S. Scriven stated that the mandatory drug screens violated the principle of constitutional protection against unreasonable government searches. Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, had a large part in the original legislation on the issue. The Judge reasoned that under no circumstances could it be constitutional to enforce the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing that the law makes mandatory. The Judge had previously imposed a temporary ban on the law, and made it permanent through the ruling. [Read more…]