Pubdate: 11 May 2000
Source: Arlington Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2000 The Arlington Morning News
Author: Bob Ramsey
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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton is proud that he has introduced a bill each year to 
require Congress members to pass drug tests. Unfortunately, requirements 
for representatives and senators are plainly spelled out in Article 1 of 
the Constitution. If Mr. Barton wishes to modify these requirements, he 
needs to propose a constitutional amendment.

Here is the House version of such an amendment. The wording needs to be 
more inclusive than mere drug tests, because soon it will be possible to 
implant transmitters in Congress members and track their every move. 
Article 1, Sect. 2 paragraph 2 should be amended to read: "No person shall 
be a representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five 
years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall 
not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be 
chosen and who shall not pass any tests for immoral behavior that may exist 
now or in the future."

Surely all senators and representatives will approve this amendment so they 
can send the right message to our children.

Bob Ramsey, Irving 
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