TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida House is poised to pass a bill allowing all state agencies to randomly drug-test their employees. But a similar measure is in trouble in the Senate.
The House bill (HB 1205) is set for debate and a final vote on Friday. The Senate bill (SB 1358) had been scheduled to be taken up by the Budget Committee on Thursday but was not considered.
State employees could be randomly tested every three months under the bill but the random sample can't be more than 10 percent of the agency's workforce. The measure also makes it easier to fire a worker after a first confirmed positive test.
Civil liberties experts and public worker advocates have opposed the proposed law as unfair and providing for unconstitutional "searches" under the Fourth Amendment.