ACLU: Fla. attack on civil liberties unprecedented

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:15 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - American Civil Liberties Union officials say Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Florida Legislature have mounted an unprecedented attack on civil liberties over the past two years.

The ACLU of Florida issued a report Thursday on actions by the group and others in the courts of law and public opinion and at the ballot box to protect voting, free speech and other rights.

The organization has been involved in 11 lawsuits as part of that effort. They include four still pending cases challenging drug testing of welfare applicants and state employees, a limitation on doctors asking patients about gun ownership and a purge of noncitizens from voting rolls.

The Republican Party of Florida issued a response contending Floridians strongly support many of the measures that the ACLU opposes.

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