|Published:||Mar 23, 2011 4:57 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 23, 2011 2:05 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott's order to drug test new hires and randomly test existing state employees ignited debate on the streets of Fort Myers.
Raoul Firestone disagreed with the decision. "No, as long as you're doing your job," Firestone said. "I don't think your job should be based upon your chemical balance."
Eric Doyscher felt the same, saying, "If you're doing your job correctly, why pay attention to us at home?"
Doyscher said it's an intrusion. So does the ACLU, saying it forces people to surrender their constitutional rights. But others say, it's all part of the job.
"Where my husband worked and where I worked there was random drug testing," Linda Frankhouser said.
Paul Wayman was a truck driver for 38 years and said, "We could be drug-tested at any time so sure, good for the goose, good for the gander."
In the same arena, an amendment added to Senate Bill 556 would require drug-tests for those receiving welfare benefits. Currently, there are 100,000 Floridians who receive $300 a month or less. Applicants would have to pay for their own tests, and if they test positive, they would be banned from collecting Temporary Cash Assistance for 48 months. Most agreed, but felt it unrealistic to force those already needing assistance to pay for testing.
"If they are on welfare and dealing drugs, then we get them off of welfare and we're saving money in the long run, we might save thousand along the road," Wayman said.
Scott said Floridians deserve to know those working for them and those spending taxpayer money are drug-free.