Pubdate: Wed, 09 Mar 2011
Source: Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL)
Copyright: 2011 The Ledger
Author: Daniel Barker


We know today, June 7, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law requiring state
welfare recipients to pass a mandatory drug test before receiving
benefits. Now, it is obvious people's opinions fall on partisan lines,
such as liberals wanting the ACLU to object to the new law and try and
stop it in court.

Here is my response to the bill. Any Floridian who accepts cash from
the state should undergo drug testing -- beginning with Rick Scott
himself. He is a Floridian, he accepts cash from the state, he should
follow the same law.

My senator, Paula Dockery, is a Floridian who accepts cash from the
state. She should undergo drug testing. My representative, Kelli
Stargel, is a Floridian who accepts cash from the state and she should
undergo drug testing. The same for the other 40 Florida senators and
the representatives.

When I was a federal civil servant, we had to undergo random drug
testing -- in addition to mandatory testing if a supervisor suspected
drug use. I have wondered at times if Congress should also practice
what they preach and apply the law to themselves.


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