Gov. Scott takes worker drug testing to Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked the Supreme Court to rule in favor of a drug-testing policy for state employees.
Lawyers for Scott filed a petition on Monday asking for the Supreme Court to hear the case.
"The constitutionality of Florida's drug testing policy is not only unsettled —it is an important issue the court should decide now," said the petition seeking Supreme Court review. "The Eleventh Circuit has intruded upon Florida's sovereign right to ensure the general welfare of its citizens and regulate its workforce."
Since taking office in 2011, Scott has made an issue of requiring drug tests for state employees and welfare recipients. But federal courts have ruled against him on both issues, as opponents have argued that government drug tests violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
It remains unclear whether justices will even decide to hear the case.