Oklahoma May Drug Test Would-Be Politicians

Amendment tacked onto welfare recipient bill
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 2:07 PM CDT
Oklahoma May Drug Test Would-Be Politicians
Politicians in Oklahoma may soon have to submit to drug tests.   (Shutterstock)

Oklahoma Republicans want welfare recipients to pass a drug test before receiving public assistance—and the state's politicians may be subjected to the same requirement before seeking office. Democratic legislators, irked by the original Republican-sponsored welfare drug test bill, added an amendment that would require would-be politicians to also submit to drug testing, and the bill passed the state House 82-6 yesterday. It's headed to the state Senate, Reuters reports.

If it passes, anyone running for local or state public office will be required to certify they passed a drug test within 15 days of filing candidacy paperwork. The bill's sponsor attempted to get the amendment eliminated, but that motion was defeated. Quite a few other states are considering similar welfare drug tests. (Read more drug test stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.