Bill Cotterell reports:
A new law allowing state agencies to order random drug testing for their employees is on hold, while constitutional issues are argued in court.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the drug-testing law on Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union called it unconstitutional Tuesday. And a labor union representing tens of thousands of state workers said it will argue the Fourth Amendment privacy issues and employment law the first time an employee gets fired for flunking a urine test.
The governor advised state agencies Tuesday not to start testing under the law he had just signed, but to wait until courts resolve lawsuits against an executive order he issued last year for drug-testing by agencies under his control. Also tied up in legal challenges is a statute requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, a campaign promise of Scott’s in 2010.
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