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|Why do Republican governors hate the US Constitution? Florida Governor Rick Scott's mandatory drug-testing program for state workers, created by executive order, has been thrown out by a federal judge.
District Judge Ursula Ungaro found no compelling justification for the plan, which amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure, she ruled.
Scott failed to "identify a concrete danger that must be addressed by suspicionless drug-testing," Ungaro wrote, adding there was "no evidence of a drug-use problem at the covered agencies."
Drug testing began in March 2011 for about 80,000 state employees who work for agencies that report to him. The program halted three months later when a lawsuit was filed challenging the legality of the requirement.
The governor disagreed with the ruling and plans to appeal.