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State employee drug testing squeaks by legislative panel

A Senate panel narrowly cleared a bill Tuesday that would allow all state agencies to randomly drug test their employees. Sascha Cordner has more:

By one vote, a Senate Budget committee approved the bill that allows for the random drug testing of 10-percent of a state agency’s workforce. Democratic Representative Oscar Braynon, who voted against it, says it doesn’t make sense to move forward while a legal challenge on the issue is pending:

“I just think that this may be a little overzealous right now. There’s currently a hearing going on right now in the courts and we’ll find out if this is even constitutional, so I think we’ll be back next year and we’ll be able to do this, if they say this is something we can do, but at this point I can’t support this until we get further clarification on the Executive Order by the Governor.”

On a 4 to 3 vote, the bill now heads to its next committee stop. A Miami Judge recently heard arguments regarding a legal challenge to an order by Governor Rick Scott last year to randomly drug test state employees. The House version of the bill is heading to the House floor.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.