Fla. could allow random testing of public workers


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are pushing ahead with a bill that would allow random drug testing of state workers and other public employees every three months.

A House panel voted for the bill on Wednesday even though there are questions on whether random drug testing is legal. A Senate panel is scheduled to take up a similar bill on Wednesday as well.

Gov. Rick Scott, who supports the bill, tried to order random testing of state workers last year but his actions were challenged in federal court.

Rep. Jimmie Smith, the bill sponsor, says he wants to pass the bill in order to change society's attitude toward drug use.

Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, criticized the bill because it would allow the firing of public employees after one negative drug test.

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