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REP. STAFFORD STATEMENT ON STATE APPEAL OF DRUG-TESTING DECISION

Miami, FL_Nov. 3, 2011 - Earlier today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the State of Florida has filed notice of appeal in the case of Luis Lebron. As a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Luis Lebron, U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven halted enforcement of Florida's new law mandating drug tests for all applicants for the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami) has filed legislation -- House Bill 4065 -- to permently halt the drug screening for assistance.

Representative Stafford offers the following statement in response to the governor's announcement:

"It is a great disappointment to learn that Governor Scott is continuing to waste taxpayer dollars on a legal crusade to defend what I believe is an unconstitutional intrusion in people's lives. What Governor Scott continues to forget is that being poor is not a crime, and the state should not attempt to treat poor Floridians as though they are criminal suspects. Mandatory drug testing for the purpose of applying for necessary assistance is mean-spirited, wasteful and unconstitutional."

REP. STAFFORD STATEMENT ON STATE APPEAL OF DRUG-TESTING DECISION

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