Florida Gov Rick Scott refuses to pee in a cup

Rick Scott, the unpopular Florida Gov who recently signed a law requiring welfare recipients to submit to a drug test before receiving their benefits, got a taste of his own medicine yesterday when The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi confronted him at a press conference and demanded a urine sample.

It’s good joke–and it could even become a real policy initiative. Apparently, Georgia State Rep. Holcomb has introduced a bill requiring all state lawmakers to be drug-tested as well, saying “if required for the poor, we [lawmakers] need to do it, too.” Sounds fair. Alternatively, of course, we could just end the war on drugs, stop criminalizing poverty, and demand our lawmakers quit wasting time with such nonsense.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/runninggirl/ Cate

    Usually I think these kinds of stunts are pointless, but I think this is really apt. After all, the governor, like the welfare recipients he wants to test, are getting checks every month funded with taxpayer dollars.

  • http://feministing.com/members/useyourhooves/ Claire Walsh

    Regardless of how many times Rick Scott says he has peed in a cup, and the manner in which this “opportunity” presents itself by The Daily Show, we can see how he views himself as above other people. Apparently what he thinks should apply to others has no bearing on himself, and that is what is concerning. Not ratings!