Lawmaker Wants To Drug Test Every Single Elected Official In Florida

Categories: Politicks

photo by Zxc via Wikimedia Commons
On the one hand, mass drug testing laws are inherently evil and unconstitutional. But on the other, required screening for the same elected officials who keep trying to force drug tests on welfare recipients and minimum wage-earning state employees would be beautifully ironic -- especially in the wake of one Republican lawmaker getting popped for cocaine.

That's exactly what one lawmaker in Tallahassee is trying to do with a bill that would require every elected official in the Sunshine State to pee in a cup before taking office.

See also: Sheriff Blasts Cocaine Congressman Trey Radel

HB 1437, called the Drug Free Public Officers Act, would force any official who tests positive to enroll in a treatment program. Anyone who refused to take the test would be barred from taking office.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Dane Eagle, says he was inspired by the travails of U.S. House Rep. Trey Radel, a Republican from Fort Myers who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession charges in D.C.

"I ran for class president at Bishop Verot High School and I was drug tested. I worked at Walgreens ... and I was drug tested," Eagle, a Republican from Cape Coral, tells the Naples Daily News. "So I was surprised, now that I represent 160,000 people in the Florida House of Representatives, that I'm not."

Eagle's certainly right to point out the hypocrisy of state lawmakers who demand mass drug tests for workers while skirting them as elected officials.

Unfortunately, his bill would take all the fun out of the measure by keeping positive tests anonymous. That provision would probably run afoul of Florida's strict open records laws, experts tell the Naples Daily News, while the bill's demands to test federal officials are probably unconstitutional.

The bill was referred to the Government Operations Subcommittee last week and awaits a hearing there.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

My Voice Nation Help
70 comments
Lynxx3
Lynxx3

I'm all for this. They work for us. If we go to get hired, they test us. Yes!

Barbara Salazar
Barbara Salazar

I would say yes but I think they would be harsher on the law it would become almowt uniformed , I like the thought of professional discretion

Wednesday Adams
Wednesday Adams

YES -- even mc donalds drug tests - why shouldnt elected officials be as well??

Christina Ellis-Pfau
Christina Ellis-Pfau

Of course they should! Everyone else has to be drug tested to get a job, why shouldn't they?!

Andy Cohn
Andy Cohn

I think all drugs should be legal, and anyone that gets any money from the tax payers should have to pass a drug test to get that money.

Robert Santiago
Robert Santiago

Indeed be held to the standers they so fervently speak about.

rickroller
rickroller

Half of D.C. is on something anyhow.

Exiliado
Exiliado

Both elected officials and welfare recipients should be tested.

Live Bee Removal
Live Bee Removal

Hell yeah if they want to do it to the civilians they all should take a test.. that way we can find out how many hypocrite's we have in positions of power.

Tom Berry
Tom Berry

Elected officials are in a position of public trust. If they are using illegal drugs they are compromised. They are now beholding to drug dealers for discretion and secrecy in addition to PACs and lobbyists. Before you know it they will be trying to pass laws to finance their dealers, like requiring welfare applicants to get drug tested at their dealer's pain clinics.

Tom Berry
Tom Berry

Heather Rogerson, you describe accidents which would be for-cause testing, rather than random testing with no probable cause. The second description is of someone on prescription medication, and while I agree that abuse is rampant, as long as the meds are prescribed a drug screening won't matter because there is no illegal drug use involved. Andrew J. Herrero, I think the standard should be that state elected officials should be held to the same basic employment standards as the rest of Florida state employees.

Roland Muskelly
Roland Muskelly

Hell yeah !! Who are you to try to enforce laws on others and you're snorting coke and smoking crack on the low. What's good for the goose y'all !!

Fulanito Perez
Fulanito Perez

They don't do anything. They're just as bad as the some of the parasites that are capable of working but choose not to.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, if we're going to insist on testing welfare recipients, why not elected officials?

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



Drug Test Elected Officials and Politicians


We the undersigned Citizens of the United States of America, believe it must be manditory for our elected representatives to be of clear mind and sound body, therefore we support action requiring all elected public officials of municipal, county, state or federal office to submit to regular and random supervised drug testing, and that those results be made public and published on a monthly basis in the most accessable manner to the greatest number of people.

Further, that refusal or failure to submit to any drug test automaticly suspends without compensation or pay anyone, from the duties of that office to which they are elected, until that test is properly conducted, and that any subsequent refusal or failure by the same official, automaticly removes said official from elected office permanently, without compensation or pay, and new elections shall be held for that office as soon as logisticly possible, while temporarily an appointee may be allowed to fill that vacated seat.
That Appointee shall be bound by this law to submit to regular and random drug testing, with all penalties enforced as well.

Further, that prior to submission of filings for intent to run for public office, submission to supervised drug testing shall occur, and failure to do so shall be grounds for rejection of any filings for intent.They should also be subject to test on demand by the leaders of the house or senate or the President or VP.They should also have to pass a breathalyzer before entering a government building where the peoples business is conducted.It could be argued, they are operating one of the largest machines on the planet, they are responsible for millions of lives with their actions. We should at least expect them show up for work sober.”

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

YES! I wonder how many cocaine addicts they'll find?

T.j. Garcia
T.j. Garcia

Here's an idea, how about people actually start voting for the best candidate and hold them accountable?

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Really Andrew J. Herrero? Because you don't care if you doctor nurse teacher bus driver etc are drug addicts? Unconstitutional ? No it is safety ! Any employer has that right if you get hurt or hurt someone and test positive they aren't liable. If you don't abuse drugs you have no worries! Far as welfare goes I know a 41 year old with self proclaimed " back pain" no physical therapy, no known accident, no surgery, sits home 24/7 popping Oxycontin. Colkects SSI disability lives in a 2 bedroom duplex owned by her brother with her 5 kids, her sister and two kids ( also "disabled" ) her brother has a kid and their elderly parents live with them. Crowded living but no work best food nice cars .....etc . YES test everyone i do it , part of my employment requirements

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

Also 3 times thw sentencing for all public officials!!

Adrian Popescu
Adrian Popescu

Yessss ! Like we are tested when we got a job or when someting happen at job ... Yes !

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...