Revised Drug Testing Bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The House Appropriations Committee has cleared a revised version of a measure that allows state agencies to randomly drug-test employees.
The panel OK'd the bill (HB 1205) on Tuesday after voting it down last week. Bill sponsor Jimmie T. Smith rewrote it so that no extra money for drug tests is needed.
Tests will be paid for out of the agencies' existing budgets.
Another change made by the Inverness Republican is that the random sample of employees to be tested can't be more than 10 percent of the agency's workforce.
The measure allows - but does not require - state agencies to randomly test all workers every three months.
It makes it easier to fire those who show positive for drugs after a first test that has been confirmed.
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