Drug testing welfare applicants

In June 2011, Florida's Governor Rick Scott signed a bill requiring all welfare applicants in Florida to undergo drug testing before receiving government assistance. Arguments suggest that passing this bill only adds to the stereotype that all welfare applicants are a group of drug abusers. However, others argue that the drug testing acts as a safety net for tax-payers money.

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CNN.com - Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare (LINK)
CBS.com - Fla. requires drug tests of welfare applicants (LINK)

New York Times topics - Welfare (US) (LINK)