TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would have allowed state agencies to randomly test their employees for drugs has narrowly escaped death.
The measure (HB 1205) at first failed to clear the House appropriations committee on Wednesday after both Republicans and Democrats questioned its cost and its legality.
But the committee later agreed to reconsider its vote. Then it postponed further consideration of the bill.
A staff analysis says it isn't clear how much random drug testing would cost taxpayers. The analysis also says the bill raises "constitutional concerns."
A representative for the American Civil Liberties Union went further and told the panel that "suspicionless, universal drug-testing is unconstitutional."
An executive order by Gov. Rick Scott requiring random drug testing of state workers is now being litigated in federal court.
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