Judge refuses to delay proceedings in suit against Scott's drug testing plan

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:19 pm | Updated: 5:25 pm, Sat Oct 12, 2013.

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami federal judge has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to require random drug tests for thousands of state workers.

Lawyers for the Republican governor sought a stay so they can appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. But U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Friday the governor's appeal was unlikely to succeed.

Ungaro also ordered the governor's office and lawyers for a state employee labor union to submit lists by next Friday of job categories that remain in dispute as far as random drug testing. A federal appeals court ruled earlier that some sensitive, safety and law enforcement jobs can be subject to testing.

Scott's original order covered some 85,000 workers. It's on hold pending the case's outcome.

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