Scott loses ACLU subpoena bid in drug testing case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott cannot subpoena records from the American Civil Liberties Union and question ACLU officials.

The Florida ACLU on Tuesday announced that Federal Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres had ruled against Scott in a legal challenge to his order for drug testing state employees.

The Republican governor earlier this year ordered random testing of existing employees and blanket testing of new hires.

Torres said in his ruling on Monday that he had serious doubts about the relevance of the information Scott was seeking.

Scott put the testing on hold except for the Department of Corrections after the ACLU sued.

The group contends testing without suspicion that workers are using drugs is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed blanket testing only if there’s a risk to public safety.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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