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Drug testing for state employees

The U S Supreme Court says it will *not* take up Governor Rick Scott's appeal of a ruling that blocked across-the-board drug testing for state employees.

Scott had asked the US Supreme Court to look at the case after two other federal courts ruled against him.
   
The Supreme Court did not give a reason for its decision, which was included in a list of dozens of other cases it declined to hear.

Scott issued an Executive Order in 2011 seeking drug testing for state workers but quickly faced a legal challenge from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
   
They contended that the policy violated the US Constitution's 4th Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

"The court's decision really sends a message loud and clear that these are Floridians just like the rest of us. If anything, they are worthy of our support,  and our respect, and not our scorn, and we couldn't be more pleased with this."

The Supreme Courts refusal to hear the appeal follows a similar decision in late December by a federal judge in Orlando who struck down a Florida law requiring for welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing.
   
Governor Scott is also appealing that case.