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Welfare drug tests proved problematic, court documents show

by Dara Kam | September 12th, 2012

New court filings in a lawsuit over Gov. Rick Scott’s mandatory drug testing of applicants for welfare assistance reveal a hastily patched-together system marked by a lack of protocol and uniformity and concerns by state workers that the process was overreaching.

Documents filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on Monday revealed that one applicant with kidney failure and on dialysis was forced to submit urine via a catheter. Another had to leave her young children alone with a drug test company employee while going to the bathroom to provide a urine sample. And one batch of drug tests from an unapproved lab in West Palm Beach was found in a box in a Department of Children and Families office.

Dozens of applicants who tested positive for drugs were then referred to the state abuse hotline and investigated, the records showed, although testing positive for drugs alone is not a reason for an investigation under other circumstances.

The documents, uncovered by the ACLU as part of the discovery in the lawsuit against Scott’s administration, also reveal that some counties did not have approved testing labs and the department would not provide funds for transportation.

Read the ACLU’sACLU’s and DCF’s motions, and the rest of the story.

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8 Responses to “Welfare drug tests proved problematic, court documents show”

  1. Our own! Says:

    How do you like paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas?

    Now, what will happen to gas prices with the assassinations in Libya?

    America should not depend on foreign countries for energy.

    It’s important to be self reliant. It will take decades and decades to develop alternative source of energy.

    In the meantime, we need to develop our own energy. Hundreds of thousands will be employed, working!

    And we won’t have to depend on foreign countries for energy. Who knows what prices will be.

    And our Oil Reserves may have to be tapped. that shouldn’t happen, we should have our own energy sources.

    Watch out for food price escalation too!
    But tomorrow, FILL UP!

  2. TOM reynolds Says:

    Drug test ok , I can understand , how about lie detector for people running for office . Do the testing on live TV . Line up fellas , Rick Scott, you sir are first!

  3. tallyguy1 Says:

    Gee Tom, thanks for sharing that bit of insight. Geez.

  4. Thank YOU, Governor Says:

    RICK SCOTT = in the black for FL!

    Can’t fault a governor who pulls FL back from the precipice of DEBT!

    CALIFORNIA is falling OFF the cliff-cuts AND NEW TAXATION!

    That has NOT happened with our governor-Rick Scott. He has WITHSTOOD the heckling, name calling and brought FL back!

    The negative name callers can’t stand that FACT!

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    Now, how much did this Ideological Debacle cost the State in resources and attorney fees? It was common knowledge going in, based on case law precedents, that you couldn’t do this. But it made the Tea-Twits happy, so that’s why Scott did it.

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