Drug testing of welfare recipients needs to go

01/02/2014 11:19 AM

01/04/2014 6:13 PM

Officials in Missouri and Kansas need to be among those in several states watching the outcome of appeals of a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday in Orlando to strike down a Florida law requiring welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing.

Missouri last year started drug testing welfare recipients. Kansas is to join the Show-Me State this year.

U.S District Judge Mary S. Scriven determined that the test requirement in Florida violates people’s constitutional protection against unreasonable searches, The New York Times reports. The ruling followed a temporary ban by the same judge earlier.

The Kansas City Star reports that states like Missouri are spending a bundle just to try to nab a few drug offenders. The courts hopefully will set a more accountable course for taxpayers.

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