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1 KingKenrod  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 4:56:42pm
A Miami federal judge Thursday slammed Gov. Rick Scott’s order requiring random drug testing for tens of thousands of state government employees as “unconstitutional” because his policy failed to specify any “public interests” to justify the invasion of privacy.

Well, the effort was doomed from the start because the Supreme Court has already ruled on this sort of thing for public employees, which is why Gov. Scott got run out of court. Personally I think the SC is wrong - I think govt can effectively separate their "employer" function from their "law enforcement" function. The idea that public employees have this special shield from drug testing that private employees don't have is ludicrous. The "public interest" is obvious, and it's the same interest that any private employer has.

2 Romantic Heretic  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 5:10:38pm
A Miami federal judge Thursday slammed Gov. Rick Scott’s order requiring random drug testing for tens of thousands of state government employees as “unconstitutional” because his policy failed to specify any “public interests” to justify the invasion of privacy.

Scott immediately vowed to appeal the ruling, saying he believes that “drug testing state employees is a common sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient and productive workforce.”

This is what I refer to as 'Soviet Management Methods.' Just as Soviet officers would walk down a line of their men and shoot every tenth person until their pistol was empty so this initiative is meant pour encouragement les autres.

I'd also be willing to bet that the employees that would be tested would also be those suspected of being not Republicans.

3 Achilles Tang  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 6:56:12pm

re: #1 KingKenrod

Yes, regardless of what one thinks of the principle, I don't see why private employers can do it and public ones cannot.

However, in my prior experience private employers test prior to employment, not randomly.

4 Raccoon City  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 9:28:54pm

re: #1 KingKenrod

The idea that public employees have this special shield from drug testing that private employees don't have is ludicrous. The "public interest" is obvious, and it's the same interest that any private employer has.

Different rules for different types of employers. When the government is the employer, it's not unreasonable at all to expect the government to be required some restraint on all the powers available to it when dealing with employees. It's apparently not all that hard to have such a program that's entirely constitutional without going overboard to test for drugs when there's "reasonable suspicion" see here for example


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