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Scott defends drug law, says it's for the children

The Times/Herald caught up with Gov. Rick Scott for a minute today inside the Capitol. Here's his reaction to news that the ACLU of Florida is challenging the state law that requires welfare recipients to pass a drug test (It was one of his campaign promises):

"This is for the benefit of children," Scott said. "Welfare is for the benefit of children and the money should go to the benefit of children. This makes all the sense in the world."


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JP Knight

Gee, the ACLU is sure on solid ground, and Governor Scott is all wet. The taxpayers have an absolute obligation to subsidize drug use by those who receive welfare. It's just so obvious. Put another way, people who are high on drugs and won't work should be supported by folks who are both sober and employed. Yessir, makes perfect sense to me.

Winn Pasq

Ah, sweetie. The data (as in facts) show that this isn't the case. It isn't the druggies who don't work who are asking for help. This concern over druggies abusing welfare was already predicted not to be an issue by Scott's own staff--before hand. Additionally, the cost to Floridians to ensure there's not abuse of the system is significantly higher than the savings. There's always abuse in any system wherein $$s are doled out, but Scott's targeting the wrong area of concern. Please take a little time & go out & get the data--not either side's opinions on this.


What is most intriguing about this policy HB 353 that was passed by Governor Rick Scott is that it lacks circumstantial evidence to make such a proposal in favor of drug testing.

Ladies and Gentleman H.B. 353 that was passed by Governor Rick Scott is a seriously flawed policy and will be defeated.

How can any law maker take statistics from 1999 -2000 called the pilot program that was done in Region 3 & 8 and claim that this is conclusive and reflective of the 67 counties that make up the State of Florida.

Let me repeat that there are 67 counties in Florida.

Regions 3 & 8 do not make up all of Florida.

Here is where the governor loses.

You took statistics from 1999-2000. Mr. Governor this analysis is worthless and outdated.

Let me reemphasize this again. This analysis is not reflective of the 67 counties that make up all applicants of TANF. You took Region 3 & 8 statistics and made your assumption.

Another point I like to add is that the statistics from this analysis taken from Region 3 & 8 did not exceed the national average for recipients testing positive for drugs.

Let me repeat that the statistics that were used did not. I repeat did not exceed the national average.

So how can you justify such a poor decision?

Which is why he will owe in court.

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