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Missouri representative proposes drug tests for General Assembly lawmakers

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | 4:28 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require members of the Missouri General Assembly to be subjected to random drug testing during the session.

The Kansas City Star reports that Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, thinks lawmakers should abide by the same standard as welfare recipients. Missouri lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation last year that mandated drug testing for some federal welfare recipients.

Brattin's measure would require that any lawmaker who tests positive for illegal substances would be removed from office and prohibited from running for any elected office for two years.

The bill has been assigned to the House General Laws Committee, but it has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing.


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Ellis Smith February 6, 2012 | 5:03 a.m.

Another old saying: "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Aren't there also tests, applied externally using instruments, to measure whether or not BRAIN ACTIVITY exists?

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt February 6, 2012 | 12:18 p.m.

Hmmmn. Maybe Rep. Brattin is trying to redeem himself for the atrocious intelligent design bill he introduced in January? I kinda like this idea.

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