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Fla. law 1st to randomly drug-test state workers

Published: Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 3:24 p.m.

Fla. law 1st to randomly drug-test state workers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have passed the nation’s first law allowing state agencies to randomly drug test employees.

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign the law approved by the state Senate today. It already passed the House.

Florida would be the first state to test workers without a specific suspicion in individual cases, according to the National Association of State Personnel Executives.

Under the new law, state employees could be randomly tested every three months. The measure also makes it easier to fire a worker after a first confirmed positive test.

Some Florida legal scholars have said the plan likely is unconstitutional.

Gov. Scott has already tried to start random drug testing of state employees with an executive order, but it’s been suspended during a challenge in federal court.


1sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Drugs are illegal, right? The govt should be able to test anyone for drugs.

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2mrblue(1175 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

GREAT! Now go after those on public assistance and you will be surprised how many of them are using the system. Today you are drug tested to get a job-------you should be drug tested to get government assistance. This country is becoming a welfare state and it is sickening. I have nothing against those who truly need assistance-----it's the ones who use the system that make me sick.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Many Government employees have had free rides for life and they have been abusing it forever. Many other government employees are fine people and need to be retained. This begins the process of eliminating those who abuse the system and make it difficult for the good employees.

Let's put public employees under the same performance appraisal processes as we have endured and begin to weed out those employees who feel empowered to abuse their positions simply because the public needs their services to obtain something necessary, such as mail, driver's licenses, copies of documents held by the government, government utilities and courts. In each case, the public is treated as though they are 3rd class citizens rather than taxpayers who pay their wages.

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4rightofronnie(11 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The biggest issue that the state and federal governments face with being able to test for drugs among their employees are the UNIONS!!! Something that those of us in the Mahoning Valley know all too much about! Why is it that if a union employee gets caught using drugs or alcohol while on the job, they get paid treatment by their company??? It is completely wrong and the system is completely broken. Where I work, if you get charged (mind you I said CHARGED, not CONVICTED) of a DUI, you automatically LOSE YOUR JOB!!! Companies should not have to pay for someones addictions, or for them to get help. Hats off to Florida and I hope that Kasich plans on pushing this same law through here in Ohio.

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5LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

This another unwanted intrusion into peoples right to privacy. Whats next mandatory drug tests for everyone at school? everyone applying for a drivers license or a marriage license, or if you want to move into a certain neighborhood a drug test is required first? The whole process is unamerican and Im glad that beating these tests is so easy a child can, and do

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6Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Great law government aid is a benefit not a right. Since its out of the goodness of our heart that we help the poor. The government should takes steps to ensure that it is being used by those that need it.

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7cambridge(4065 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

If the government needs "probable cause" to search your pockets I think they should need "probable cause" to search your body. Just saying. I guess since the governor owns the testing lab he thought it would be a good idea.

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8LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

well then i need to contact those people about my guaranteed 100% foolproof method to beating unwarranted searches of your bodily fluids

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