TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Despite the intense controversy over whether random drug testing is legal, Florida lawmakers pushed ahead with a bill Wednesday that would allow random drug testing of state workers and other public employees every three months.

A House panel voted for the bill on Wednesday even though there are questions on whether random drug testing is legal. A Senate panel is scheduled to take up a similar bill on Wednesday as well.

Gov. Rick Scott, who supports the bill, tried to order random testing of state workers last year but his actions were challenged in federal court.

Rep. Jimmie Smith, the bill sponsor, says he wants to pass the bill in order to change society’s attitude toward drug use.

Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, criticized the bill because it would allow the firing of public employees after one negative drug test.

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Comments (3)
  1. Howard Stein says:

    Will Rick Scott be tested?He is a Public employee.. Will the people of Florida be given the results? Who will pay for these tests and What lab will check the blood?

  2. Homestead Norteno says:

    Drugs make people do crazy things.

    They also put people’s lives in danger.

    We need to help our brothers get off drugs.

    I don’t always support the gov – but this is a good idea.

    1. Makes no sense says:

      Ok, so then wouldn’t there need to be random drug testing of all Floridians…or are just state workers on drugs….this makes no sense….what attitudes towards drugs is Rep Smith talking about when he is just focusing on one group of people….this is called “we, as elected officials, really have no new ideas to help the ecomony or lives of people living in the State of Florida, so we’re throwing up smoke and mirrors”…

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