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Senate bill for drug test on elected officials, passes

Senate bill for drug test on elected officials, passes
MGN Online
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:32pm

AUSTIN, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. Senate Bill 612, which would require state elected officials to submit to drug testing, passed the Senate committee on Thursday, May 16th.

The bill requires any individual, who is elected to a state office, to submit to drug testing the day they take office.

The State Ethics Commission may post the results of the test only after the candidate agrees to release the results and the Secretary of State would create rules and forms needed to waive privacy issues dealing with medical records.

The cost of the drug test would be paid by the elected official and there would be no punishment required in the bill; those officials who failed a drug test would not lose their elected position or face any fines. 

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