Enforcement of the law was temporarily halted in October 2011 after the American Civil Liberties Union sued, arguing that mandatory testing of people who were not suspected of using drugs violated the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.
U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven permanently halted enforcement of the law in Tuesday's ruling. She agreed with an earlier court finding that "there is nothing inherent in the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a concrete danger that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use..." ["Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests for Welfare Struck Down by Federal Judge," Reuters via Huffington Post, 2013.12.31].
Before you conservatives get all hot and bothered about the ACLU and liberal courts doing favors for welfare queens, take a look at the welfare recipient who brought the lawsuit that torpedoed Florida's drug-testing:
The lead plaintiff in the case is Luis Lebron, a 35-year-old Navy veteran living in Orlando and attending the University of Central Florida. A single father, he cares for his 4-year-old son and disabled mother.
"The new law assumes that everyone who needs a little help has a drug problem," Lebron said Wednesday. "It's wrong and unfair. It judges a whole group of people on their temporary economic situation" [Michael C. Bender, "ACLU, Navy Vet Sue over Welfare Drug Testing Law," Tampa Bay Times, 2011.09.07].
I hear a lot of hollering from conservative quarters about government tyranny manifested in improper searches and seizures—Common Core's alleged Big Brother database, traffic cameras, IRS harassment of Tea Party groups, drone and NSA surveillance, etc. I hope my conservative friends will respect the argument of a Navy veteran that suspecting poor people as a group of criminal behavior is at least as improper and tyrannical as the other Fourth Amendment abuses making the news.
Tangentially related: Monsanto is collecting all sorts of data about farmers, which some farm groups are realizing will allow Monsanto to further consolidate its market power and reduce farmers economic liberty.