Scott says pause in drug-testing, “just the process now”by John Kennedy | June 16th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott downplayed the implications of his decision to suspend his order that all state employees undergo pre-employment and random drug testing, saying Thursday he remains committed to screening.
The move came two weeks after the ACLU of Florida sued the governor, claiming testing was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. Scott sent a memo last week to agency heads saying that only the Department of Corrections should go forward with implementing his March testing order until the outcome of the lawsuit, now in Miami federal court.
“We’re going forward with it,” Scott said. “We’ll continue to go forward…It’s just the process now.”
Scott also brushed off questions about whether he was concerned about the court overturning his order.
“The private sector does this all the time,” Scott said. “Our taxpayers expect our state employees to be productive…this is the right thing, and we’re going forward.”