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Highest Court May Consider Scott’s Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will meet privately on Friday to decide  whether it will hear an appeal filed by Gov. Rick Scott on state employee drug testing, the News Service of Floridareports. Scott filed the appeal in January after a lower court threw  out  his executive order that all state employees undergo random urine screens. Opponents of the order say that it violates the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that drug tests could not be justified for all of the state’s employees. The case was sent back to district court to analyze which job categories are subject to possible testing. The Supreme Court considers thousands of cases but only hears arguments in about 100 cases a year.

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