Scott Delays State Employee Drug Testing

MIAMI ( – Faced with a pending lawsuit, Governor Rick Scott has ordered all agency heads, except the Department of Corrections, to delay implementing a policy of drug testing state workers.

Scott had originally signed an executive order that required all prospective hires to submit to a drug test during the application process. In addition, the order said all currently employees would be tested at random.

The tests were reported to cost $35 apiece and could have cost the state around $3.5 million per year once implemented.

The ACLU challenged the governor’s order in court saying it violated a 2004 decision that found drug testing workers in the Department of Juvenile Justice was unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that blanket suspicion-less drug testing can be allowed only if “the risk to the public safety is substantial and real.”

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One Comment

  1. ELS4ever says:

    The state has NO MONEY and Rick Scott is wasting money we don’t have!!!

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