Governor Rick Scott ordered mandatory drug testing for all State employees and applicants as well as anyone receiving cash-assistance welfare. Near 100,000 state employees could be affected by this order costing Florida $3.5 million.
The bill requiring welfare recipients to be drug tested was put forth by Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland of the Criminal Justice Committee. Those welfare recipients being tested will have to pay for their own test at around $35 per test.
Random drug testing of this nature was declared unconstitutional in 2004. According to ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon, “The state of Florida cannot force people to surrender their constitutional rights in order to work for the state.”