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House Republican files bill to require drug testing of elected officials



From our friends at the News Service of Florida: 

Pointing to a need to make sure public officials are sober when they make policy decisions, a House Republican filed a bill this week that would require drug testing for elected officeholders and judges. The bill (HB 1435), filed by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, comes after controversies and legal battles about attempts to require drug testing of state employees and recipients of public assistance. Eagle's proposal calls for testing of people elected to federal, state and local offices, along with Florida Supreme Court justices, appeals-court judges and local judges. Officials who refuse to take the tests would be required to resign. Positive results would be sent to the state Commission on Ethics, which would refer public officials to employee-assistance programs. The bill says its intent is to "ensure that public officers are sober as they undertake their responsibility to make policy decisions that affect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens they represent."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:36pm]


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