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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Judge says mandatory drug tests for welfare might be unconstitutional

A federal judge has blocked Florida's law that requires drug tests for welfare recipients, the AP reports. A man there has filed suit against the law, saying it constitutes unreasonable search and seizure. The block is temporary, while the case makes its way through the court system.

The drug test can reveal a host of private medical facts about the individual, Scriven wrote, adding that she found it "troubling" that the drug tests are not kept confidential like medical records. The results can also be shared with law enforcement officers and a drug abuse hotline.

Missouri passed a similar law earlier this year.

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