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''The Daily Show'' correspondent Aasif Mandvi asks Gov. Rick Scott if he'll take drug test

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"Would you pass this forward to the governor?" The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi asks Florida Gov. for a urine sample.

 

 

Tallahassee, Florida -- As Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his 2012 budget proposal on Wednesday, he got an unusual request from a "reporter" in the audience.

Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, confronted the governor about controversial legislation for drug testing welfare recipients.

"Would you be willing to pee into this cup to prove to Florida taxpayers that you aren't on drugs?" Mandvi asked.

"I've done it plenty of times," Scott responded.

Holding a urine sample cup, Mandvi then asked surrounding reporters, "Would you pass this forward to the governor? We can all turn around, it's fine."

The governor never took the cup.

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring all applicants for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to pay for a drug test to qualify for welfare.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state and a federal judge ruled the drug tests should stop until the case is resolved. The judge said drug testing might violate a person's right against illegal searches.

Also on Wednesday, a judge granted the lawsuit to become a class action case.

Similar legislation has not held up in court previously.  Several federal court rulings in the past have ruled such laws violate the 4th Amendment.

On Thursday, Mandvi was back in the capital, asking for more government officials to take a urine sample.

Attorney General Pam Bondi came prepared and gave him a filled cup, the Orlando Sentinel reports. After inspecting the contents (and ultimately drinking it!), Mandvi declared it was just apple juice. 

Mandvi's quest to get Gov. Scott and other Florida officials to take a drug test has not yet aired on The Daily Show.

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