Bill to drug test politicians heads to committee Monday

Senate Bill 612 headed to committee.

A bill that would require those seeking public office to submit to a drug test will get its day to be heard.

Senate Bill 612 is scheduled for a public hearing by the State Affairs Committee at the Texas State Capitol on Monday.

SB 612, as introduced by Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) pertains to drug testing candidates running for public office in Texas.

The hearing comes shortly after the passage of SB 11 which would require welfare recipients to pass a drug screening.

Lucio TMs bill would require a drug screening for politicians who want their name on a ballot in an election.

The bill would require the person running for public office to pay for the screening out of their own pocket.

The procedure would also require the candidate to submit a controlled substance screening assessment and drug test to the Texas Ethics Commission.

The bill would require the candidate to sign a waiver of confidentiality.

The Texas Ethics Commission would then announce the results of the drug test 45 days before the primary election or general election if there is no primary.

If the potential office holder refuses to take a drug test or sign the waiver, then the potential office holder would not be allowed to run for public office.

This bill would not require current politicians to be administer a drug screening, but would require them to take a drug test if they were to run for reelection.

Candidates would be obligated to take a drug test if their term would begin on or after September 1, 2013.