The new law that took effect in July that requires applicants to pay for a drug test that would determine their eligbilty for welfare assisstance, has been denied by nearly 1,600 applicants without the requirement of a reason why, according to the New York Times.
A lawsuit brought against Luis Lebron, a navy veteran with a 4-year-old-son, resulted in the dismissal of the case due to the Florida Judge's belief that it infringes forth amendment guarantees.
Lebron is "happy that the judge stood up for me and my rights and said the state can't act without a reason or suspicion," he said, according to the Star Tribune.
Drug testing was also mandated for new state workers, though it was suspended when the American Civil Liberties Union contested the policy. Both sources explain that Florida is the first state to enact such a law, with the exception to Michigan's attempt that failed a decade ago.
"This potential interception of positive drug tests by law enforcement implicates a far more substantial invasion of privacy than in ordinary civil drug testing cases," Federal Judge Mary Scriven said, according to the Star Tribune.