Drug Tests for California Lawmakers?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

That is what some are suggesting, though they will need to gather 430,000 signatures in 150 days to get the initiative on the floor for a vote.

"Drug testing and sobriety checkpoints? I can't walk a straight line because I have vertigo so I don't know if I would pass that test," said Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Ontario.

The ballot is about getting proof that the lawmakers are not on drugs or alcohol, and many site the financial difficulty the state has faced a good reason to keep track of the legislation.

"It certainly can appear like there's some serious substance abuse going on when you see some of these crazy votes," said Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Los Angeles.

The proposal is getting a few laughs around the Capitol, but testing for any intoxicated politicians won't solve California's low cash flow.

"I think what's going on in California is what is going on globally. It's the economy, stupid," Assemb. Torres said. "It really is."


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