Rick Scott Still Wants To Drug Test State Workers As Miami Court Hears Challenge

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Never before has America seen a governor so obsessed with forcing other people to pee in cups as our own Rick Scott. Two of the first orders he issued after taking office required welfare recipients and all state employees to urinate into cups -- all to make sure drug fiends aren't secretly infiltrating our DMVs and Dollar Stores.

Now, even though the employee program is tied up in a legal fight set for a hearing in Miami federal court today (and the welfare law landed Scott on the Daily Show refusing to pee in a cup himself), Scott is still hot on urinalysis. He's backing a newly worded state employee testing law that passed a committee yesterday.

It's not clear why GOP legislators and Scott feel the new law wouldn't end up in the same legal quagmire as the original requirement, but that didn't stop Rep. Jimmie Smith -- a Republican from Inverness -- from bringing the "Drug Free Workplace Act" to a vote late yesterday.

The House's Appropriations Committee passed the bill 18-8 mostly along party lines, with Democrats loudly demanding to know how the law could be Constitutional.

Smith's rebuttal -- essentially, "I dunno, I'm not a lawyer!" -- could be put to the test this afternoon in Miami federal court. That's when the state will argue the Constitutionality of its original workplace testing law.

Civil rights lawyers say the rule violates the Fourth Amendment: ""It is unconstitutional," Pamela Burch-Fort, an ACLU attorney, tells the Florida Independent. "(It) subjects state employee to suspicionless drug testing."

Scott's lawyers are in Miami today preparing to argue on behalf of the bill.

"It is an important issue to the governor," spokesman Brian Burgess tells the Independent.

Surely Scott's heavy support of all this peeing into cups has nothing to do with the fact that Solantic, the medical company he founded and that his wife still has a stake in, makes heaps of money from drug testing, right?

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Doghouse
Doghouse

WHAT ARE YOU ALL AFRAID OF.GETTING CAUGHT.Just goes to show you how much corruption their is.Everytime you mention cracking down on fraud they all run to their blog sites crying for their rights.

realalex
realalex

Rick Scott, you are a disgrace as a politician. I hope you read this, because that is my goal. But knowing your routine, you will simply ignore the people you represent in the first place. What is wrong with you? What kind of morals were you raised with? For once in your life, do something positive for the people and not for your wallet (or your wife's wallet!). I cannot wait for you to get out of office. I wanted to trust you, but you just validate the fact that politicians are corrupt. How different are you from Blagojevich? Go ahead and try to contact me, I will openly tell you the same thing.

Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk

Do you realize how much this is going to cost the taxpayers?  Notices have to go out to the employee and supervisors.  (More trees to cut)  More doctors offices around the state will have to be hired to administer the tests.  Yes, state workers do have to work overnight shifts.  More urine cups have to be made.  The testing sites need to be selected.  Also, the secondary site will have to be in selected in the event there is a false positive and it has to be verified.  No one talking about the cost of this whole thing.  Where is that line item in the budget/  I have to see this.......

Big Deal?
Big Deal?

State employees already pee in cups. Both my parents work for the state and get randomly drug tested so whatever to that. And YES welfare recipients should get drug tested, unless you like your tax bux going to their drug habits. I want MY TAX dollars to be spent on my OWN drugs if I feel like buying some LOL. I don't like Rick Scott but I think the issue of a urine test for a welfare recipient is pretty fair. Might as well throw in the unemployed too.

akpsiprez
akpsiprez

One can't blanket test everyone without probable cause on each one of them.

seep
seep

It costs more money than it saves.  Plus, they're already spending that money on Jordans and conch and other overpriced stuff.

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