LANSING, Mich. - A federal appeals court cleared the way on Friday for Michigan to test welfare recipients for drug use.
U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts halted a pilot drug-testing program in 1999 after a group of welfare recipients and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan argued that the testing is unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Roberts' decision Friday, saying the testing program is based on a legitimate need to ensure that public money is not used for illegal purposes.
Robert Sedler, the attorney who sued the state Family Independence Agency on behalf of several welfare recipients, said he will appeal to the full court.
Mandatory, large-scale drug testing (of *anyone*, including children) violates the 4th and 5th amendments to the Constitution, regardless of the excuses the government makes about welfare.