“I felt like, I served my country for four years; doesn’t that mean anything anymore? I’ve worked for pretty good companies. I’m going to school; I’m supposed to graduate. I shouldn’t be in this position.”
The federal class-action lawsuit alleges that the law violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unreasonable search.” Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins is named as a defendant.
The ACLU has asked for an injunction to halt all drug screenings immediately.
The exact number of tests taken and their result is still being tabulated by the Department of Children and Families, but Tampa Bay Online reported that at least 1,000 tests had been taken for welfare applications between mid-July and mid-August.
In August, a WFTV investigation concluded that the law was costing more than it was saving.
– with earlier reporting by Kase Wickman
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