Gov. Scott Appeals Employee Drug Testing Case

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - June 1, 2012 -

Gov. Rick Scott has followed through on his vow to appeal a federal court ruling that blocked drug testing of state employees. Scott's attorneys last week filed a notice of taking the case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The governor said he would pursue an appeal after Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro ruled last month that a plan to drug test employees violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. Scott issued an executive order last year calling for drug testing, but it was quickly challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. State lawmakers this year also approved a measure aimed at drug testing, but it has not been carried out because of the legal fight. The notice of appeal does not detail the arguments that Scott's attorney will make.

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  • by simplicity on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    This governor will go down in history as " the child who wouldn't take no for an answer". He has wasted more taxpayers money on this appeal and that appeal. Will be overjoyed when he is not elected for another term!
  • by RICKY BOBBY on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:04 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    The sign of a real insane individual, doing the same thing the same way over and over, expecting a different outcome. Our governor.
  • by Docker Location: Florida on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    Talk about a waste of money. All these state employees playing with computers on the taxpayers dime. Go get a real job and quit feeding at the public trough.
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      by Anony-moose on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:27 AM in reply to Docker
      Really? I dont have time to do the work required of me in a 40 hour week. I work an average of 45-60 hours a week and get paid for 40. Public trough? Get real....
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      by State employee on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to Docker
      Come see me when you want your unemployment check or your drivers license renewed, moron.
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      by State WORKER on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM in reply to Docker
      Real job? Like flipping burgers in the private sector? Tell that to a teacher or a law enforcement officer and others who work to hard to serve the State of Florida by providing education, safety, etc. while you private sector folks just serve burgers and the like.
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      by Maude on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM in reply to Docker
      Hey moose. Maybe you need to get a real job if you have time to play on the computer all day. In regards to any government employee posting on this site, maybe they actually get a day off now and then.
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        by Anony-moose on Jun 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to Maude
        Ummmm did you read my post?
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      by chad on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:33 PM in reply to Docker
      Quit hating.
  • by Bob Location: tallahassee on Jun 2, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    Gov. Scott is stomping all over our constitutional rights. He acts like the state is a business, and imho, is hurting the state and pushing his personal agendas down Floridians throats. I can't understand how he even was elected.... I don't think he will be re-elected and if he does, we will deserve to pay the price. This guy was in the drug testing business, and is out of touch with the true reality of the average Floridian. I would vote for a rock before I'd vote for him. I would not be surprised if at some point, some evidence of corruption comes to light. And he can become roommates with the ex-Governor of Illinois... I guess you can say I'm a little bitter. lol We could do Sooo much better.
  • by the emperor has no clothes Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    I actually enjoy seeing Scott being distracted by shiny things. It gives him less time to hurt Florida with things that might actually be constitutional.
  • by ISaidIt Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2012 at 03:52 AM
    Hey Ole' Tricky Ricky needs to lead by example and pee pee in the cup just like he wants other state workers to do..
  • by Pauly on Jun 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM
    The governor's friends run a drug testing company that stands to make a bundle of our tax dollars off of this bill. I thought this was common knowledge at this point. We are talking about the same Rick Scott who's company was convicted of ripping off medicare, please tell me you remember that too? Who the heck is counting the votes?
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      by chad on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:38 PM in reply to Pauly
      Pauly u are right.Some people know it and don't care.
  • by Really Now on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    If the governor and legislature were so keen on drug testing, they would have included themselves in the language. The governor and legislature are exempt from the drug testing mandate. They are also state employees so why did they not include themselves in this required testing. Does anyone have a logical reason for this sligt of hand? Boy I can't wait for the replies.
  • by dont want druggies running the state gov. Location: fl on Jun 1, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    dont get it. why did the fed's block this but the private company can drug test all they want. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL STATE WORKERS? THEY JUST DONT WANT TO FOLLOW ORDERS OR WORK. THEY WANT TO JUST GET A PAYCHECK FOR NOTHING. JUST PEE AND SHUT UP.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:45 PM in reply to dont want druggies running the state gov.
      You don't get it because you are ignorant of the laws in this country and you are even more ignorant about state workers and how hard we work here in Florida. Let me enlighten you on the legal aspect. The constitution provides protection from the GOVERNMENT not from the PRIVATE SECTOR. The GOVERNMENT is not allowed to drug test you unless there is reasonable suspicion that you are using illegal drugs. The PRIVATE SECTOR is NOT the GOVERNMENT. The constitution doesn't tell the private sector they can't search you. If you still don't understand the difference between private sector and government then I suggest you use Google.
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      by truth on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:02 PM in reply to dont want druggies running the state gov.
      all state employees are drug tested when hired just like private companies! scott just wants to test more to pocket more money!
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