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Post  Tolen Oliver on Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:04 pm

Is drug testing welfare recipients a practical solution to the problem?

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This article is discussing the legality of testing people for welfare and the history of the idea in politics. It begins by asking whether or not it is legal to require a drug test, because of the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment says that the government cannot conduct unreasonable search and seizures. Some people argue that requiring these drug tests fit that category because "The collection and testing of urine for the presence of drugs is considered a search. Consequently, government must have some quantum of individualized suspicion that a person has committed a crime to require her to submit to a test. Obtaining a warrant is part of the process." It then talks about successes and failures by states to drug test, including Michigan and Florida.

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This article is bringing up the question of whether or not being on welfare is voluntary, and thus whether or not requiring a drug test is unlawful search and seizure. Requiring a drug test for something that is voluntary is not unlawful on the grounds that you can opt out. The author doesn't seem to think that welfare can be considered voluntary since it is mostly out of someone's control if that need welfare or not. Because of this, texting for drugs is unlawful and is not a good solution.


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Post  adamlowe on Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:59 pm

One thing that could be interesting is finding out if it is possibly a violation of the fourth amendment then how are they getting away with doing it. This is a very intriguing topic and I'm sure will have plenty of sources.

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Post  Tolen Oliver on Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:26 pm

Thanks for the advice! I think the reason is because there are different opinions on how to interpret the Fourth Amendment and so some people think it is a violation, but others don't. So once it passes, the people who do believe it is a violation take it to court to have it overturned. But I'll look more into this when we have to edit our papers. Thanks!

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Post  OliviaPeterkin on Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:44 am

Really like your first question and how it gives the reader room to decide! What made you think of this a s a topic?

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Post  AustinTri on Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:02 pm

I agree with the previous comments because a violation of the fourth amendment would be really interesting because its part of our country as a whole and to find what violates it for your topic would be really cool.

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