MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida Governor Rick Scott dropped appeals meant to push for a law that would have required welfare applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Cases, Positivity Rates, Deaths Rise Amid Coronavirus Surge
Scott’s administration did not seek U.S. Supreme Court review by a Tuesday deadline. American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon says it means lower court rulings that the law is unconstitutional will stand.READ MORE: 'Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life': Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven originally declared the 2011 law an unconstitutional search and seizure, a ruling upheld by a federal appeals court in December. The judges found no evidence of a pervasive drug problem among Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program applicants.
The ACLU challenged the law for an Orlando man who refused a urine test. Welfare drug testing was a top priority of Scott’s first term.MORE NEWS: Florida Becoming Epicenter Of Coronavirus Outbreak
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