On Thursday night’s The Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi traveled to Orlando, Florida to meet Louis Lebron, a Navy veteran on public assistance who refuses to submit to a state-ordered drug test.
Florida’s state legislature, led by Governor Rick Scott, mandated that all recipients of welfare should be tested for drugs in order to continue to receive benefits. Lebron believes that government drug testing is an infringement on his right to privacy.
Given that lawmakers also receive public money, Mandvi asked one legislator to take a drug test, then crashed a press conference with Governor Rick Scott and asked him to do the same. Surprisingly, the governor declined.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi apparently saw what happened to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and decided to prepare herself.
“You supported the TANF drug test bill and I am just wondering if today you would be willing to undergo a drug test of your own as somebody who receives taxpayer money?” Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, asked her on Thursday.
“Well, that’s very interesting that you should say that,” Bondi responded. “Because as attorney general, I’m always prepared.”
She then pulled out a small plastic cup containing a yellow liquid and handed it to Mandvi.
“You have a sample of your urine,” the surprised Mandvi replied. “Is this really your urine?”
“Thank you, have a great day,” Bondi said as she walked away.
Florida passed a law this year requiring all applicants for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to pass a drug test to qualify for welfare. In October, a judge granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the new law after the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida sued Florida.
Mandvi asked the same question to Gov. Scott at a press conference on Wednesday. “I’ve done it plenty of times,” Scott responded.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below. (Aasif Mandvi appears at about 8:20.)