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Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

By | 04.26.12 | 11:21 am

A federal judge in Miami ruled today that Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order mandating that all state workers be randomly drug tested violates the Fourth Amendment rights of people employed by the state.

School districts heed warnings about school prayer law

By | 04.12.12 | 12:28 pm

Many Florida school districts are, so far, listening to warnings from civil rights groups that adopting policies allowing for prayer at any school event will land them in court.

Scott signs ‘historic’ anti-shackling bill for incarcerated pregnant women

By | 04.09.12 | 8:03 am

Late last Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill championed by women’s health advocates that establishes humane and uniform rules for the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated in any prison, jail or detention center in Florida.

Scott presented with bill protecting health of incarcerated pregnant women

By | 03.30.12 | 2:06 pm

This morning, Gov. Rick Scott was presented with a bill that has been championed by women’s health advocates that protects the health and reproductive rights of women who are incarcerated in Florida.

School districts warned not to adopt prayer policies

By | 03.27.12 | 5:05 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, along with other groups, sent letters to school boards this week, warning them not to adopt policies recently allowed by the state that the civil liberties groups says will surely land them in court.

Scott signs school prayer bill

By | 03.26.12 | 9:43 am

Late last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that allows all schools in Florida to adopt policies allowing students to give “inspirational messages,” which could include prayers or hate speech, during any school event. Critics of the law have warned that the law will land the state in yet another lawsuit.

Scott tells state agency heads to hold off on randomly drug testing employees

By | 03.21.12 | 10:36 am

Gov. Rick Scott (Pic via Facebook)
In a letter sent to state agency heads today, Gov. Rick Scott advises against randomly drug testing state employees, until a judge issues a ruling regarding the issue. The letter comes just one day after Scott signed a bill allowing state agencies to adopt policies that allow for random drug testing of their employees.

Scott signs latest random drug testing of state employees bill

By | 03.20.12 | 11:40 am

Last night, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law the state’s second attempt to randomly drug test state employees.

Second attempt to randomly drug test state employees heads to Scott’s desk

By | 03.09.12 | 10:22 am

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would allow state agencies to adopt a policy for randomly drug testing their employees. The bill, which already passed in the state House, passed the Senate this morning in a 26-14 vote and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

Advocates celebrate ‘historic’ passage of bill protecting incarcerated pregnant women

By | 03.08.12 | 4:51 pm

A bill that would put in place humane and uniform rules for the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated in any prison, jail or detention in the state passed yesterday in the Florida House and is now heading for the governor’s desk– making it the first legislation of its kind to be passed in the South.

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