Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Wilson bill would require General Assembly to undergo random drug testing
Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, has filed a bill which would require members of the General Assembly to undergo random drug testing.
HB 2342 would require that each senator and representative be tested at least once every two years.
The bill says,"Refusal to submit to a drug test as authorized under this section is an admission that the member of the general assembly has taken a controlled substance without legal authorization. A member who refuses to submit to a drug test under this section shall be subject to any sanction authorized by law or rule of the respective house of the general assembly."
The Wilson bill also requires drug testing for those who want to apply for "needy families" benefits. Those who refuse to submit to the testing would not receive the benefits, according to the bill.
Among the 19 representatives co-sponsoring the bill are Speaker of the House Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Ed Emery, R-Lamar.