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Monday, December 5, 2016

Carl Hiaasen: Which Politicians Are Afraid Of A Drug Test?

Carl Hiaasen explains how Florida lawmakers exempted themselves from a law that mandates random drug tests for state employees, in his column, “Surprise — Lawmakers Turn Down Free Drug Test Offer:”

Among its dubious achievements this year, the Florida legislature passed a law authorizing random drug tests for state workers. 

Guess who’s exempt? Lawmakers themselves.

So now the clerk down at the DMV gets to pee in a cup — but not the knuckleheads in Tallahassee who control $70 billion in public funds.

Whom do you think is more dangerous to the future of Florida?

In the session that just ended, the legislature jacked up tuition on state college students while creating a new university to placate one cranky senator. It threw more than 4,400 state workers out of their jobs while handing out more than $800 million in tax break to businesses.

Clearly, legislators are impaired. Is it meth? Coke? Mushrooms?

We’ll never know.

A few months ago, I offered to pay for drug tests for all 160 state senators and representatives. The deal was that all of them had to do it. Not a penny of taxpayer money would be spent.

Shockingly, the Republican leadership showed zero interest in my proposal. However, they were very excited about Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to impose mandatory urine-testing on welfare applicants, who statistically use drugs at a lower rate than the public.

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