Florida Governor Rick Scott orders state employee drug testing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered drug testing of new hires and spot checks of existing state employees under his control, but his directive may face a legal challenge.

Scott issued an executive order Tuesday requiring each of his agencies to amend its drug testing policy within 60 days to require pre-employment screenings of all job applicants and random testing of the existing work force.

The American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, pointed out that a federal judge in 2004 ruled random drug testing of state employees was unconstitutional.

The governor's order includes senior managers as well as career service employees.

It does not cover independent constitutional agencies and those of Cabinet members or that he jointly administers with the Cabinet. It also does not cover the Legislature or court system.

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