Friday, June 3, 2011

ACLU sues over drug testing order

ACLU Florida has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over his executive order to force drug testing on state employees. The lead plaintiff Richard Flamm of St. Petersburg, a 55-year-old registered Democrat who works for has worked 17 years for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The suit argues that Scott's order is an unreasonable search of the government that violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU maintains that the mandatory random drug testing Scott has ordered on about 100,000 workers is only allowed under special circumstances, such as workers who carry firearms or railroad workers involved in accidents. The plaintiffs also cite a similar case in the same court 11 years ago when a Hollywood employee successfully blocked the city's suspisionless testing program.

Private sector employees are drug tested all the time. Why shouldn't the same rules apply to public employees?

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