Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare
June 5th, 2011
10:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability."

"It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for somebody's drug addiction," Scott told CNN's T.J. Holmes on Sunday. "On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, personal accountability. We shouldn't be subsidizing people's addiction."


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  1. Get A Grip

    Good for you Gov. Rick Scott for taking a stand on this. About time someone had the backbone to do something like this. If you're on welfare and clean of drugs you have nothing to worry about. All the ones on welfare and drugs find some other way to get your drugs because the hard working tax payer is sick and tired of paying for your addiction!!!

    June 5, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. James

    As a lifelong Democrat, I fully agree with this Governor and I wish more Government agencies would have a strigent requirements before handing out blank checks

    June 5, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. James

    Does the drug test include scans for oxycoton, percocet, and vicoden? Probably not

    June 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    War on Drugs is a long history most policies failed

    SO Gov. Rick Scott needs some advice from GOP presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Ron Paul

    June 5, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    I personally think they should be testing state and federal legislators on a daily basis when the legislature is in session. I dearly hope that some of these people have been on drugs when they pass these laws, because I would hate to think that someone would do something like this sober!

    June 5, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Added costs. Government reaching into and defining private lives in more and more ways. People who don't pass the standards of the Inquisition are cast into a pool of disenfranchised where they will be looked down upon by a society of elites. That is a horrible vision for the future; a bipolar society. What sort of values does the Governer have?

    I would think someone addicted to drugs or alcohol needs help to make them a more productive member of society. Not cast aside. Not kicked to the curb. Not excluded from jobs. Not forced into a life of crime. It makes no sense. The Governer offers no solutions for those who fail. They become outcasts and a weight on society because these people will not just disappear.

    June 5, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Dean

    As a liberal, I agree.

    June 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    How convenient that these mandated tests would be performed by companies that the state designates.
    This policy smells of having to prove your innocence, which is unconstitutional.

    June 5, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Steve Jackso

    In some ways I fell the governor of Florida is right about drug testing and tax payers paying but you need to look at it for each case there are a few that use different drugs for Health ones that just use to be high or to use like drinking smoking I say NO WAY

    June 5, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Lance Anderson

    then the same standard should apply to our politicians

    June 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    This is going to cost Florida MILLIONS if not TRILLIONS. What happens when a recipient is DENIED? Will they be offered a drug rehab program – sponsored by the government? If so, how will these recipients pay for it?

    When the people from Florida elected this governor, they got what they wanted and they deserve all of him. Republicans campaigned one way during the 2010 campaign – got in office – then did a complete turnaround – look @ Wisconsin!!!

    June 5, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. ED FL

    Looks like the Scott empire has some investment in the drug testing buisness. If he runs it like he ran his medical buisness I guess he will retire again before the compay gets a big FINE like his last venture. Maybe as a last resort he will sign it over to his wife like he tried with the Solantic healh buisness. that should get his ratings lower than the 29% it is now.

    June 5, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Freedom 2012

    Go Rick Scott!!! True accountability is needed in America! GOP 2012!

    June 5, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Canuck

    It would be interesting to know how much of other peoples money Goldman-Sachs executives spent on cocaine. Don't hear much complaining about them, do you?

    June 5, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Scott F

    How does Mr. Scott reconcile is hand in medicare fraud when he was CEO at HCA? And in Florida to boot. He is like most of the Republican Governors- A HYPOCRIT!!!

    June 5, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |