Georgia House Bill Would Require Drug Testing for Legislators
In response to a bill that would require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing, a Georgia state representative has filed a bill that would require the same of legislators.
In response to a recent bill that would require Georgia welfare recipients to undergo drug testing, a state representative has introduced his own bill requiring legislators to be tested as well.
Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-District 82) voluntarily submitted to -- and passed -- a drug test himself, according to a press release from his office. The symbolic gesture was meant to highlight Holcomb's opposition to forcing only the needy to submit to drug testing as a precondition to receiving state funds.
"If the state of Georgia is going to make drug testing a precondition for receiving benefits, then legislators need to be the first in line," Holcomb stated in the release. "We receive taxpayer benefits and we should lead by example.
"I don’t understand why the Georgia General Assembly deems it appropriate to only test poor Georgians but no one else who receives taxpayer money," he added. "I believe that any legislator who pushes these laws should take a test as well."
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