12.08.2011

Drug Testing For Lawmakers Proposed in Ga.

Democratic Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcomb has introduced legislation to the General Assembly that would require lawmakers to pass a drug test before taking office.

The usual bill was filed last week in response to a proposal to drug test welfare applicants, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“This bill is really very simple,” Holcomb said in a statement. “If the General Assembly is going to pass laws requiring struggling, jobless Georgians to pay for drug tests as a precondition to receiving state benefits, then members of the General Assembly should lead by example and take the tests first.”

Random tests would also be mandated by the bill, which lawmakers would be required to pay for with their personal funds.

Following the example set by Florida and Missouri, Georgia state Sen. John Albers (R) introduced a bill that would require all applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program to pass a drug test.

Get full article here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/07/georgia-lawmaker-proposes-legislative-drug-testing-bill/

Being an advocate for the poor it would be easy for me to say "yeah! Test them too!" But two wrongs don't make it right. There are many people who would vote no to this, but yes to testing the poor, because they are biased and resent the poor, are fearful of the poor, and hold numerous stereotypes as fact. But I am no hypocrite myself. I do not support this proposal for many of the same reasons that I do not support drug testing of welfare recipients.

You can read more about that here:

Why Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients is a Bad Idea

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