A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order to randomly drug test state workers is unconstitutional, reports said.
Miami U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro said random drug testing for the more than 85,000 state workers violated the Fourth Amendment on unreasonable searches and seizures, reported The Palm Beach Post.
Gov. Scott said he would appeal the decision.
“As I have repeatedly explained, I believe that drug testing state employees is a common sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient, and productive workforce,” he said in a statement obtained the Post reads. “That is why so many private employers drug test.”
Ungaro, however, said that Scott’s order “does not identify a concrete danger that must be addressed by suspicion-less drug-testing of state employees, and the governor shows no evidence of a drug use problem at the covered agencies,” according to the Miami Herald.
Several civil liberties groups sued the state last June, saying the order was unconstitutional.