Pubdate: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 Source: Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL) Copyright: 2011 The Ledger Contact: http://www.theledger.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/795 Author: Daniel Barker Related: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n370/a05.html, http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n365/a05.html DRUG TEST POLITICIANS 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. DANIEL BARKER Lakeland - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.