SCOTUS declines to hear Florida drug testing appeal, Scott fights on

Rick Scott 400k Drugs ImageThe U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal to hear arguments about Florida’s controversial drug-testing policy, which lower courts have declared unconstitutional. In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed executive orders that required mandatory drug testing for all state employees, and those receiving welfare benefits. Since the orders were given, state and federal judges have ruled both orders unconstitutional for reasons of privacy and violating the 4th Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Despite Florida courts and lower-level federal courts declaring the law unconstitutional, Gov. Scott has continued to file appeals to higher courts, a process that has cost Florida taxpayers upwards of $380,000 for the various lawsuits, according to the Florida American Civil Liberties Union. That figure does not include lawyers’ fees. “Every court that has heard Gov. Scott’s argument that the state has the power to compel people to submit their bodily fluids for government inspection without suspicion of wrongdoing has rejected it as a violation of the Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches,” said Florida ACLU Staff Attorney Shalini Goel Agarwal. “It’s become a costly and embarrassing boondoggle for Floridians.” Since the Supreme Court has declined to hear Scott’s appeal, the decision made by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be upheld. That court ruled that state employees should not be required to submit to urine testing unless they are suspected of drug use, except in job situations that may affect public safety. Scott has also appealed an Orlando federal judge’s decision that welfare recipients will not be forced to undergo mandatory drug tests. Scott argues that this type of drug testing would save the state money. However, in the few months after he signed the executive order before the courts intervened, the overwhelming majority of welfare recipients tested negative for drugs, and so the bulk of the costs of testing fell to the taxpayers with little saved in benefits. photo credit: Mark Fischer via photopin cc]]>

You May Also Like

Check out these additional posts from Mind Your Business.

FYI FRIDAYS Segment 4

Karen Caruso, Founder/CEO answered a question that many of us have been asked in the last few weeks: What are you looking forward to most in 2021?  I am most looking forward to getting back to some sense of normalcy. I look forward to rebuilding MYB stronger than before. Like many small businesses across the…
Read More

MYB is happy to be apart of Hendersonville’s inaugural Random Acts of Kindness Week

HENDERSONVILLE-The partners behind LoveHendo are happy to announce that the week of February 8th through February 13th will be known as Random Acts of Kindness Week. The initiative will be in support of Hendersonville’s non-profit community. Local Businesses will be able to select a non-profit to support during Random Acts of Kindness week.  The businesses will be…
Read More

3 Ways to Support Women-Owned Businesses

October was National Women’s Small Business month. As a certified women-owned small business, it was important for us to reflect on the inequities that still exist in business.  The pandemic has put a large strain on women-owned businesses and especially minority women-owned businesses.  Now more than ever, it is important for us to look at…
Read More

Quality and Precise Results, On Time!

Let us know about your screening needs to get a custom quote. We work with businesses big and small as well as the government. Which means we have a package of solutions for your organization as well.