After a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday to uphold the temporary ban on a Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, Gov. Rick Scott announced he will appeal the decision.
“The court’s ruling today is disturbing,” Scott said in a statement released to the media. “Welfare is 100 percent about helping children. Welfare is taxpayer money to help people looking for jobs who have children. Drug use by anyone with children looking for a job is totally destructive. This is fundamentally about protecting the wellbeing of Florida families. We will protect children and families in our state, and this decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court.”
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld the lower court’s decision to halt the testing, according to ABC News. The court’s opinion said the state hadn’t proven “substantial special need” to make the testing mandatory.
The controversial measure is meant to deter drug use by people receiving welfare, but opponents claim it is unconstitutional. Georgia has a similar law on hold, pending the outcome of the legal challenge to the Florida law.