Minnesota House members vote to drug test themselves

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Rep. Quam: "Bring on the cup!"
Apparently, our legislators aren't in the habit of unwinding with a big fat bowl of ganj after a long day at the Capitol. Either that or St. Paul headshops should stock up on system flushers.

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That's because yesterday, members of the Minnesota House included a provision in the Health and Human Services budget bill calling for members to submit to drug tests. If they fail, they won't receive their salary.

The Star Tribune provides some context:
The floor of the House was piled high with stacks of paper, both copies of the massive bill itself and of the 87 amendments members had filed to it. Among those was a proposal by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who proposed mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients in Minnesota.

"You should be ashamed" for politicizing a program meant to help the state's poorest children and their families, Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, told Drazkowski during the late-night debate. She then countered with an amendment to his amendment -- calling for mandatory drug tests for state lawmakers too. Those who failed the test wouldn't get their paycheck from the taxpayers.
The drug test provision received bipartisan support, with Rep. Duane Quam, R-Byron, actually proclaiming, "Bring on the cup! I have nothing to fear."

Get out and live a little, dude.

It remains to be seen whether senators will also include the drug-testing-for-legislators provision in their Health and Human Services budget, which has yet to be approved. But let's hope they do. After all, if anyone fails, that'd be a lot of fun to snark about, and it could end up saving taxpayers some money to boot.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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MattyK
MattyK

We should also drug test people who deduct their mortgage from their income taxes. And farmers who get subsidies, get in line and pee in the cup! Probably should drug test corporate executives whose corporations receive subsidies as well. I just can't sleep at night knowing that someone might who might be benefitting from the services of the government might be using the pot.

hiccum
hiccum

Florida is a religious toilet. There is no freedom of speech. The Bush cartel kidnapped and drugged and tortured me in 1982. My legislators are all bent over for the drugging industry. We need war to destroy the religious medical cartels. The Broward Sheriff told me they removed my child's diaper to implant a listening device in front of Federal Judge Fuchs courtroom while I was testifying against a secret service agent for attacking us with a baseball bat. This was in response to a complaint with my state legislator. The FBI is useless.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

who cares what people do on their own time. as long as its own their own dime.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

It wound up costing more to give the tests in FL when they did it than the state wound up saving

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

how about forgetting about drugs all together and test peoples IQ


FAT CATS

Dog Gone
Dog Gone

We should not limit this drug testing - on their own dimes - to legislators, but extend it as well to their staff, and to the families of the legislators. After all, those family members are benefiting from that state provided compensation too, so long as they are covered under a legislator's health care coverage, etc.

I wonder if they would all still be so willing?

Shall we tie their children's grades to getting their salary as well? After all, we shouldn't be rewarding them as legislators if they are bad parents, right?

 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

that's 100 dollars a pop - the state is BROKE

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

if you need a drug test for a occupation (job), then why not assistance? i don't know makes since to me :D

CinBlueland
CinBlueland

Now if they would just do the same for those on public assistance.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Or it will be just the kick in the pants marijuana legalization needs.

pragmatichuman
pragmatichuman

@Sammy L Cater 

perhaps you could spell sense correctly if you didn't smoke so much pot

webcelt
webcelt

@CinBlueland Because of course we just have bags and bags of extra money to spend. Florida spent the money and found they were less likely to use drugs than the general population. What a waste.

a036618
a036618

@CinBlueland Because people with chemical dependency/addiction problems and their children should not receive supports, or because we should double or triple our Rule 25 budget?  If you don't get my point, then you have homework to do before you make comments like that.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@webcelt @CinBlueland To Webcelt's point.  Yes Florida lost money on that scheme.  But Florida's Governor made a boat load of money, he owned a large amount of clinics that were hired to do the testing. 

But Right Wing sheep went with it because "F*ck the Poor"  was last year's motto.

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