A Tennessee lawmaker says it may be time to start drug-testing members of the General Assembly.
State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, told TV station WMC that lawmakers should have to take the same drug test if they impose one on welfare recipients.
Hardaway said he has heard from his constituents.
"They said to me, 'how do we know y'all aren't on drugs?'" Hardaway told WMC. "I thought, well, you don't."
He said the voters had a valid point, and he plans to file his General Assembly drug test bill if the welfare drug test issue surfaces before lawmakers, which is likely.
The second session of the 107th General Assembly will convene Jan. 10.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who plans to file a drug-testing bill, says in his own blog last week that he "would have no problem with being tested myself."
Opponents of the proposed bill say it will cost too much and would be illegal, but Campfield has said his bill will avoid the pitfalls of cost and legality and will result in the state saving a substantial amount of money, not spending more.
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