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ACLU sues Gov. Scott over drug testing order

UPDATE: Turns out Flamm won't have to take any drug tests. Story here.

ACLU Florida has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over his executive order to force drug testing on state employees. One plaintiff Richard Flamm of St. Petersburg, a 55-year-old registered Democrat who works for has worked 17 years for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The suit argues that Scott's order is an unreasonable search of the government that violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU maintains that the mandatory random drug testing Scott has ordered on about 100,000 workers is only allowed under special circumstances, such as workers who carry firearms or railroad workers involved in accidents. The plaintiffs also cite a similar case in the same court 11 years ago when a Hollywood employee successfully blocked the city's suspisionless testing program.

The complaint, read it here, is the fourth time Scott has been sued in his first five months.

Here are the others:

Feb 3: League of Women Voters v Scott. Supporters of a voter-approved constitutional amendment reducing lawmakers' power to draw voting districts sued Scott to force him to ask for federal sign-off on the changes (a requirement for any elections changes in the state). Scott was given extra time to respond to the suit, but then submitted the necessary paperwork before that date.

March 4: Thad Altman v. Scott. Altman and fellow state Sen Arthenia Joyner sued to stop Scott from declining federal money for a high-speed rail system in Florida. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Scott.

March 28: Rosalie Whiley v. Scott. Whiley, a blind woman from Opa-Locka, sued along with Disability Rights Florida to block Scott's executive order that froze new rules from being implemented. The complaint alleges that Scott's delay puts unreasonable burdens on people with disabilities. The case is being litigated.

Today: Flamm v. Scott.


[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 2:10pm]


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