ORLANDO, Fla. -- A legal challenge to a Florida law requiring drug testing of welfare applicants now is a class action case.
U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven on Wednesday in Orlando granted a class action request.
It was sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Orlando resident Luis Lebron in the case.
The certification will let the challenge continue on behalf of all applicants for temporary assistance even if Lebron himself becomes ineligible.
Scriven previously issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of the law championed by Gov. Rick Scott.
The state is appealing the order that put testing on hold until Scriven can hold a full hearing.
She found the law may violate a constitutional ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.