Arthenia Joyner: Rick Scott has “wasted enough time” with drug testing plan

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State Senator and incoming Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner on Monday applauded the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Governor Rick Scott’s appeal to conduct random drug tests on all state employees.

“The Supreme Court’s rejection of Governor Scott’s appeal is not only the latest affirmation, but the highest affirmation that he cannot trample the rights of Floridians on a whim,” said Joyner. “The Constitution may be a thorn in his side, but, without a reasonable suspicion, the governor is obliged to respect its protections and the rights of state employees to privacy.”

The rejection on Monday is the latest setback to the Republican governor who, since taking office, has also tried to enforce similar random and suspicionless privacy intrusions on Floridians receiving emergency assistance. That executive order, also vigorously opposed by Senator Joyner and other Democratic lawmakers, was declared unconstitutional earlier this year. In both cases, a federal judge found that the governor’s actions violated 4th amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

“The governor has wasted enough time and taxpayer money in pursuit of his own biases,” said Joyner. “I said it before, and I will say it again: he is not a king, as the courts continue to remind him.”

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