Oklahoma Republicans Kill Amendment to Drug Test Politicians

| by Michael Allen

The Republican-led Oklahoma Senate has killed legislation that would have required politicians to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance.

A recent bill, passed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Monday, would require applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to undergo a mandatory drug test, reported KSWO-TV.

Democrats in the Oklahoma House who opposed the legislation added an amendment that required anyone seeking public office to pass a drug test as well.

However, when the bill arrived in the state Senate, Sen. David Holt (R) pulled the 'drug testing politicians' amendment from the legislation, describing it as a “stunt.”

On Monday, Utah became the latest state to pass a law to drug test welfare applicants. Florida, Arizona, and Missouri have also approved laws requiring low-income parents seeking federal cash assistance to pass a drug test.