Because it was imposing drug tests on welfare recipients, the Legislature agreed last year to require state lawmakers to get tested if there is “reasonable suspicion” of drug use. But the law has no penalty for lawmakers who fail the drug test, and privacy rules prevent the release of the name of any lawmaker who fails the test. In other words, the requirement is a joke. It should surprise no one that a bill proposed to dock the pay of lawmakers who test positive for substance abuse went nowhere this session.
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