Lawmaker Proposes Drug Testing Legislators Who Want To Drug Test Welfare Applicants

by BRYCE COVERT – At the end of last year, lawmakers in West Virginia unveiled a bill that would drug test some applicants for the state’s welfare program. Applicants who failed could eventually be barred from receiving benefits, possibly permanently. In response, state House Delegate Shawn Fluharty has introduced legislation to drug test state lawmakers. Legislators would have to take a drug test before each voting session, and those that failed would be barred from casting a vote or receiving their pay. “I think the public expects us to adhere to the rules that we try to legislate,” he told WTRF. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t do it. It’s not going to cost the taxpayers any more money because we’re going to pay for it ourselves.” He added, “There’s no reason why state legislators should get a pass, simply because we wear suits.” West Virginia’s proposed drug testing regime for...

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