|English: Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Governor Rick Scott has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court with his fight to drug-test tens of thousands of Florida state employees. Scott’s team of lawyers filed a petition seeking the Supreme Court to hear his case after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against employee drug testing.
Scott’s petition states “the constitutionality of Florida’s drug testing policy is not only unsettled-it is an important issue the court should decide now.” It also says “The 11th Circuit has intruded upon Florida’s sovereign right to ensure the general welfare of its citizens and regulate its workforce.”
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is angry that Scott’s administration is continuing with the drug testing plight. ACLU of Florida attorney Shalini Goel Agarwal said “We are prepared to demonstrate to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it has found before, that the state has no authority to require people to submit their bodily fluids for government inspection and approval without reason or suspicion.”
Scott has made an issue of requiring drug tests for state employees and recipients of welfare since taking office in 2011. However, federal courts have already ruled against him. Scott’s opponents say government drug tests are a violation of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Scott’s petition states “requiring government employees and job applicants to consent to drug testing is not an unconstitutional condition because there is a rational connection between the requirement and the important state interest in a drug-free workplace.”
Judge Mary S. Scriven struck down mandatory drug testing and said there is “no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied.” Scott retorted “we should have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use in families-especially those families who struggle to make ends meet and need welfare assistance to provide for their children.”
Drug testing of Florida state employees and recipients of welfare is a decision left up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, if drug addiction is a problem for you or someone you care about, help is out there through our Florida drug rehab center. We have specialized a holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program that can help you start the recovery process.