Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is pushing a plan to make his state the first to drug-test adults applying for food stamps, a plan that courts have shot down as unconstitutional, according to a report Tuesday.
Walker, a Republican, has resurrected a measure approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature two years ago but has sat dormant because it violates federal rules about imposing extra eligibility requirements for food stamps recipients, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
A federal appeals court in 2014 shot down Florida’s attempt to drug-test recipients, saying it violates the constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.
Walker, a presidential candidate in 2016, approved a rule change to implement the testing and forwarded it to the Legislature for review, the newspaper reported.
His spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor believes he has the authority to order the screening.
The Legislature now has four months to review the measure.
Under it, people without children who fail the drug test would be made eligible for state-funded treatment.
Opponents of the legislation said they will challenge it in court.
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