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UPDATE: Gov. Scott will hold off on state worker drug tests

by Dara Kam | March 20th, 2012

Hours after Gov. Rick Scott said agencies under his control would begin drug-testing state workers, his administration issued a memo “clarifying” that the tests won’t begin until a legal battle is resolved.

Jesse Panuccio, Scott’s acting general counsel, sent a memo to agency heads Tuesday evening saying Scott’s June 10 decision to require drug testing only of Department of Corrections employees would remain in place until a lawsuit filed last year by the ACLU and state workers union is resolved.

“Because the legal case remains unresolved, the practical and logistical issues involved with implementing drug testing across all agencies remain the same,” Panuccio’s memo said.

Earlier Tuesday, when reporters asked Scott about the new law, which he signed Monday and which goes into effect on July 1, and whether he would require agency heads to begin ordering the state’s 100,000-plus employees to submit to random drug tests, he said, “Absolutely.”

Asked if Panuccio’s memo meant Scott was backing off what he said earlier, one of his spokesmen, Lane Wright, said, “In a nutshell, we’re not changing anything right now. We know that the litigation is pending. So we’re not jumping in and changing course right away. But the law provides that discretion so it allows that to happen but that’s not what we’re deciding to do at this point.”

Scott, however, appears to be drug testing employees in his inner circle. Secretary of State Ken Detzner told reporters on Tuesday that he submitted to the urinalysis after being appointed by Scott three weeks ago. His test, Detzner said, was clean.

Scott said he implemented the drug screens of executive office workers after he took office.

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7 Responses to “UPDATE: Gov. Scott will hold off on state worker drug tests”

  1. Michel Says:

    Probably found out one of his beards was going to test positive

    - so he will revisit in 45 days 0 which is about how long it takes for opiates etc., to clear the most tight test -

  2. shaner Says:

    Scott is a co-founder of a company that makes the drug test ( look it up ). He shouldn’t be allowed to have anyone tested by his company. It’s like if I were the Governor and I started a company years ago that was involved in Amtrak and I said all state workers and people on welfare had to take the train instead of driving people would be trying to impeach me.

  3. EOG mess Says:

    Governor’s office employees in “positions of trust” have been drug tested for a long time (since before Scott). However, that is a special designation which isn’t for the random assitant or mid-level manager in some agency. Also, Panuccio is an infant (which means there are NO other lawyers willing to take on the job of advising the Governor).

  4. maoriii Says:

    How much for the Little Boy Governor? How much is “APPROPRIATE”?

  5. maoriii Says:

    Governor Scott must not want to pee in a cup???

  6. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    SCOTT NEEDS TO RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.

    CALL HIM:

    (850) 488-7146

    TELL HIM WE WILL NOT ACCEPT HIS FASCISM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND SO HE MUST RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.

  7. maoriii Says:

    Perhaps the Governor and the State Legislature will be willing now to provide Hair Samples and Blood for analysis? I think there are several health clinic corporations around the state that can perform the tests.

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