Not content to force suspicion-free drug testing on everyone who gets public assistance in the state of Florida, now the Republican legislators want to drug test all state employees — except themselves, of course, because that would violate their rights.
A proposal to allow state agencies to conduct random tests of employees once every three months passed through a key House committee on Friday, part of the Legislature’s push to crack down on illegal drug use. After surviving its third party-line vote—and a brief death—it moves next to the House floor for a full vote.
Bill sponsor Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, said the proposal would not include state Representatives and elected officials, as that would be a breach of lawmakers’ First Amendment rights…Smith said the elected officials work for the citizens of Florida, and if the citizens ask their representatives to take a drug test, they should do it voluntarily.
He said he did just that a few weeks ago.
“My constituents called me and asked us to take a drug test,” he said, adding that he paid for the $40 test with his own money. He said he passed.
But he said he would not accept an amendment to the bill that would mandate drug tests for elected officials.
How terribly unsurprising.