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Proposed Bill Requires Drug Tests for Lawmakers, Welfare Recipients

A new bill could require both lawmakers and those who receive welfare to take random drug tests. State Rep. Bill Mitchell is introducing a bill to require the testing.

Several other states already require those on welfare to take drug tests. Mitchell hopes forcing lawmakers themselves to take drug tests as a condition for running for office will show voters they don't receive special treatment.

"A lot of the times and sometimes justly, people accuse the General Assembly of being hypocritical," Mitchell said. "This legislation, I wanted to focus on, 'Okay, you can't accuse me of asking a certain segment of society to do something that I am not willing to do."

Mitchell said he has already received support from the community on the proposal. The bill is currently waiting to be heard in committee. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol over the next two weeks