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Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Unconstitutional

Wed, 12/03/2014

Lebron v. Secretary of Florida Department of Children and Families: A Florida law mandates applicants for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits must take a drug test, whether or not they are suspected of doing drugs. Lebron sued the State, alleging violations of 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. A preliminary injunction was issued against the drug testing by the courts, and a district court granted final summary judgment to Lebron, issuing the statute unconstitutional, permanently halting the program. The Circuit Court reviewed the district court's ruling that the statute is unconstitutional.


The Circuit Court affirms the ruling of the district court, thus agreeing the drug testing policy is unconstitutional. The judges decided that the State "failed to meet its burden of establishing a substantial special need to drug test all TANF applicants without any suspicion."

Read the full decision here