Rick Scott Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rejects Rick Scott’s Drug Testing Appeal

Good news, the Supreme Court has hammered the final nail in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s random drug testing program for state employees.

The decision leaves in place a May 2013 appeals court ruling against Scott’s executive order making consent to suspicionless drug testing a condition of employment. A judge said it violated workers’ Fourth Amendment rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizure.

While this is good news, it’s also unintentionally funny because this decision should not be confused with a separate, ongoing case against the governor’s other drug testing program which is also probably unconstitutional.

In December a federal judge struck down Governor Gollum’s drug testing program for welfare recipients but that decision is still being appealed. I expect it will meet a similar fate.