Cjonline reports a double standard involving lower income Kansas residents and their political leaders. The Legislative Coordinating Council chose Jeff Russell, director of Legislative Services, to manage the drug testing program associated with Senate Bill 149, which require anyone receiving government cash assistance to undergo drug testing.
If a recipient fails, benefits are suspended until he or she completes a rehab program. Oddly enough, Kansas legislators’ won’t be held to the same standard. Russell has said if legislators fail drug testing, they will suffer no consequences. The names won’t be disclosed for those who fail. Russell also said he doesn’t know what circumstances would prompt a legislator to be tested for drugs. Regardless, results won’t be revealed for privacy reasons.
Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park isn’t thrilled with the news. She said she voted for the bill with the assumption that legislators would be held accountable to the same standards as constituents. Clayton is a freshman legislator.
Drug testing for recipients of government assistance has been controversial because of testing costs and an alleged invasion of privacy rights. The American Civil Liberties Union claims this drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment.
Read more about this story at the Topeka Capital News Journal.
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