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Federal judge: Rick Scott's drug-testing order for state employees is unconstitutional

The Associated Press reports:

A Miami federal judge has declared that Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for state workers is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Thursday that blanket testing of some 85,000 workers violates the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The ruling could eventually have an impact on a new state law also permitting random worker drug testing.

Scott's order was challenged by a labor union representing government workers and the American Civil Liberties Union. They contended that drug testing should only be done if there is a suspected problem and in safety-related and high-risk jobs.

Lawyers for the governor contend that objecting workers are free to quit and job applicants could choose to find employment elsewhere.

Scott suspended the order in June because of the lawsuit.

Read the AP story.

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Daniel Rousseau

OK. Let's do this. Let's rewrite the drug-testing bill so that it includes the Governor and all other high muckety-muck members of state government that would not have been tested under the old legislation. Will our cagey Governor dare to do this, or is it just rank-and-file employees who "pose a danger"? I say the danger comes not from those employees who may use illegal drugs, it comes from a Governor and Legislature who writes such legislation.

joe blow

Douchebag Scott and the corrupt Repiggies LOSE AGAIN!
Where is the outrage from all the Repiggie and Teaturd voters who elected this worthless POS?

Raymond Schneider

The news also said that the Gov said he is going to appeal the court's decision AGAIN!!!!

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