TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – State workers will now have to submit to random drug testing under a new executive order signed by Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday.

According to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald, the order was signed on the same day a bill was filed that will require those 18 and over who are on welfare to pay for and pass a drug test before receiving cash assistance. Officials estimate this new bill will affect about 58,000 people.

Scott’s executive order requires all prospective hires to submit to a drug test during the application process. Those already employed by the state will also be tested at random. At a cost of $35 per test, it could potentially cost the cash-strapped state $3.5 million a year.

The ACLU is pushing back at the governor’s order, claiming it is unconstitutional according to a 2004 ACLU case against the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

“The state of Florida cannot force people to surrender their constitutional rights in order to work for the state. Absent any evidence of illegal drug use, or assigned a safety-sensitive job, people have a right to be left alone,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

The ACLU told the paper it would represent any state employee who would wants to challenge the policy.

Comments (2)
  1. Bob says:

    So he cuts billions in education and lays of tens of thousands of people and with the money he saves he spends it on random drug tests… How with this help our finacial situation? I haven’t seen anyone create any jobs in Florida only try and take jobs away and now they wanna drug test us and make stricter abortion laws.. In no way do either bill create jobs or help Floridas economy

  2. Dan says:

    I’m wondering if a single mother fails a drug test will she be denied money. Will her children she cares for that are under 18 and can’t collect benefits themselfs be forced to go without food because their mother smoked pot or took a pain kill for a back ach but has no prescription? How will this effect the children that have no voice in society? Does Scott hate children? He strips the DCF of thousands of jobs, he cuts billions of dollars and forces them into crammed classrooms, and now he wants to drug test the public? It seems like is running this state like a business, a sweat shop, and the lower income public citizens are the laborers

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