VIDEO: The Daily Show goes after welfare drug testing law

By | 02.03.12 | 8:41 am

Last night, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired a segment highlighting Florida’s welfare drug testing law.

The show featured interviews with state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, and Luis Lebron, the Navy veteran who successfully sued the state over its law requiring welfare recipients to take a drug test prior to receiving benefits.

The segment also featured the show’s run-in with Gov. Rick Scott this past December. During the unveiling of his budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, Aasif Mandvi asked Scott to pee in a cup to prove he is not on drugs.

Although a judge halted the law, the Daily Show’s segment discussed the assumptions the law was making about poor people. The program also mentioned that the rate of people failing the drug test was lower than drug use in the general population and that the state had actually lost money in its implementation.

You can watch the whole segment here:

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