In 2010, Governor Rick Scott campaigned on a plan to drug-test welfare recipients. He also ordered drug tests for state workers -- before courts intervened. Now a Cape Coral representative has a plan to require drug tests for another large group of public benefits recipients: politicians.
Republican Rep. Dane Eagle is sponsoring HB 1435, the "Drug-Free Public Officers Act." If passed, elected officials across the state would have to submit to drug testing as a condition of public service within 60 days of election or re-election.
If elected officials refuse the drug test, they would have to resign. If they test positive, they would be required to submit to a treatment program.
The bill applies to anyone elected to any office in the state of Florida. Rep. Eagle indicated he sponsored this legislation following former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel's arrest last year for cocaine possession.
The bill is currently in the Government Operations Subcommittee.
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