ACLU to sue over welfare drug testing in Fla.

September 7, 2011 - 11:25 AM

MIAMI (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit challenging Florida's law that requires new welfare recipients to pass a drug test.

An ACLU spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Orlando man, Luis Lebron.

The group claims Florida's drug testing law is unconstitutional, saying it violates the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure protections.

No further details of the lawsuit were immediately available.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the drug testing bill into law in July. Under the law, welfare applicants must pay for the drug tests. If they pass, they'll get reimbursed. If they fail, they can't get benefits for at least a year and could face child abuse charges.