Rick Scott Suspends Drug Testing for Most State Employees, Saying It "Does Not Make Sense" Yet

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The governor may have just found out it could take 30 days to get any THC out of his system.
If you're a state employee -- not in the Department of Corrections -- you don't have to detox quite yet to get those doobies out of your system.

Gov. Rick Scott sent out a memo to agency heads on Friday stating that departments do not yet have to comply with his executive order mandating random drug tests of state employees, except Department of Corrections employees.

Mostly in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Scott is suspending the order -- at least until the state is done being sued for keeping the drug testing going in the Department of Corrections.

"Nonetheless, while the case is pending, it does not make sense for all agencies to move forward with the logistical issues involved in instituting the new policy," Scott writes in the memo, stating that he's waiting for the lawsuit to be resolved. "Once that occurs, all agencies can then engage in a coordinated procurement of drug-testing services."

Instead of avoiding the lawsuit altogether by not implementing the drug testing, the governor is still implementing the program in the Department of Corrections -- apparently just to see what happens.

This is the second announced suspension of drug-testing state employees, since it was immediately halted after it was ordered for "feasibility and logistics steps" to look into how to implement the drug-testing cheaply.

Howard Simon, executive director of ACLU of Florida, says the governor's order is "a massive and embarrassing retreat" on his part.

"It's also ironic that he is now citing cost as a reason for this delay when everyone knew his illegal order was going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars from the start," Simon says in a statement. "It's also inconsistent with the governor's previous statements that he will take this challenge to Supreme Court, which would expose taxpayers to even more large legal costs to defend his indefensible order."

Now it's unclear what Scott is actually doing with his drug-testing plans, even though he says he's "confident" his order was constitutional.

Meanwhile, it looks like a few joints and bong hits are going to be part of Scott's "safe, effective, productive, and fiscally accountable workforce."

Click here to read the memo, provided by ACLU of Florida.


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Guest
Guest

Let crafts and agencies police themselves. Governors do not employ citizens, citizens employ governors. We pay his wage$ with our tax$  

Gay Mikell
Gay Mikell

this is like a Wrong Way Willie cartoon. first here then there, this,no that!! What a freak! He is starting to lend credibility to his claim that he didn't know what was goin on at HCA!!

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

They do, they don't. I mean really. This whole concept to drug test welfare recipents is a charade to pleaSE the far right and also to the tea partiers. This will cost hundreds of thou of dollars to implament. Ok so little Latisha smokes pot, big deal. so we throw her off the payroll so to speak, and then what. You will see crime go way up, etc. This Gov, is again some slick snake oil salesman w/ money. Take your billions that you haven't allready paid to Medicare etc. to keep your goober ass out of jail. You all( majority) wanted this man, w/ his 70million that got him this far, keep him.

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