Fantasy world? Rick Scott says he hopes new drug testing law is not challenged in court

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Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he hopes that a state worker drug testing bill he signed late Monday doesn’t end up being challenged in court, but said, “we’ll see what happens.” Scott on Monday signed legislation that would permit, though not require, state agencies to randomly drug test some employees. “Most private companies now drug screen their employees,… we need to be doing the same thing with your tax dollars,” Scott said in an interview Tuesday morning on NewsTalk 1370 WCOA in Pensacola via the News Service of Florida. “I hope it doesn’t go to the courts … but we’ll see what happens.” Previous efforts to drug test government workers without suspension have led to court challenges that they may violate the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure. Scott ordered drug testing of government employees last year, but was rebuffed by the courts.

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