Senate panel OK's Lucio's bill to drug test elected officials - The Monitor: News

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Senate panel OK's Lucio's bill to drug test elected officials

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 8:00 am

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr, D-Brownsville, wants all state elected officials to submit to drug screenings.

Thursday, the Senate Committee on State Affairs approved a bill sponsored by Lucio that, if passed into law, would require state elected officials to submit to drug testing upon taking office.

“This Session, we’ve had at least a couple bills move through the Legislature related to drug testing individuals who accept either welfare or state unemployment dollars,” Lucio said in a news release Thursday. “I spoke on the Senate floor about building trust among our Texas voters. This is how we can start. The use of illegal drugs and the holding of elected office are unquestionably incompatible activities. We need elected officials to also stand up as role models and tell our young people the dangers associated with taking illegal drugs.”

Senate Bill 612 would require the drug test on the day an elected state official takes office. The State Ethics Commission may post the results of the test only after the candidate agrees to release the results.

The secretary of state would create rules and forms needed to waive any privacy issues dealing with medical records. The cost of the drug testing would be paid by the elected official.

However, there would be no punishment mechanism if an elected official failed the drug screening or chose to keep the results private. Legislators who failed a drug test would not lose their elected position nor face any fines, Lucio explained.

The bill will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

More about

More about

More about

More Events