ACLU to Challenge Law Mandating Welfare Drug Tests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is looking for people interested in challenging a new law mandating drug tests for some applicants for the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. ACLU-Tennessee said the law, which took effect July 1, raises “serious constitutional concerns" and singles out limited-income people. Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said in a statement that research indicates TANF recipients "are no more likely to use illicit drugs than farmers, veterans, and students, who also receive government support.”