(06/13/2011) State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, wants New York to follow Florida’s lead and demand drug testing of its welfare recipients.
In a statement posted this past weekend on his website, Ball said, “This type of law is not intended to embarrass or humiliate people in need. I understand that times are tough. However, we need to be sure that this money is being used for its intended purpose.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a similar measure last month.
“While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Scott said in a statement reported by Reuters. “This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars.”
Scott has also issued an executive order requiring Florida state employees to undergo drug testing. That isbeing challenged by the ACLU there, which also said it might file suit over the welfare measure also.