Hardaway to File Bill on Drug Testing for Legislators

State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, says state legislators should be required to take drug tests, too, if they impose that requirement on welfare recepients, reports WMC-TV. He got the message from constituents.
“They said to me, ‘how do we know y’all aren’t on drugs?'” said Hardaway. “I thought, well, you don’t.”
Hardaway said they are upset over a bill that would require anyone who receives government welfare assistance to first take and pass a drug test.
“With all the crazy legislation that we produce over the last couple of years, I’m sure that some people would love for us to be drug tested,” said Hardaway.
He said he plans to introduce legislation requiring lawmakers pass a drug test if and when the welfare drug test issue comes up, which appears likely.
Opponents to the legislation said it may be cost-prohibitive and illegal.
“I think we need to see what sort of federal leeway we have there,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said Tuesday. “I haven’t gotten that data back on what the feds will let us do and who would implement that and how it would be implemented.”
While Hardaway has yet to review the language of the most recent bill, he argued that drug testing welfare recipients merely serves to perpetuate a vicious cycle.

Note: Sen. Stacey Campfield, who is planning to file drug-testing legislation, has said that he would support a bill requiring testing of legislators as well. (Both in an interview with yours truly and on his blog.)

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