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Drug Test Politicians Bill Passes Oklahoma House

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posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 10:57 PM
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The Oklahoma House on Monday approved legislation that would require politicians throughout the state to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance.



The legislation heads to the state Senate after being passed by a vote of 82 to 6, according to Reuters.


Woah wait what?!? Drug test politicians? Am I in the twilight zone today?


The Department of Human Services estimates 22,000 people in Oklahoma receive TANF benefits, which helps poor families with children pay for living expenses, including rent, heat, utilities and personal care items.



Democrats who opposed the legislation added an amendment that requires anyone seeking public office to pass a drug test as well. The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Guy Liebman, opposed the amendment, but his attempt to eliminate measure was defeated by a bipartisan vote.


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This is amazing. The house voted 82-6, passing. It's on its way to the Senate at the moment.

I really hope this passes the Ok. Senate.




posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:11 PM
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drug test are an invasion of privacy and they're easy to cheat. even random drug test are nothing to get around. waste of money
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posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:14 PM
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Its about time!!
Now if it only applied to ALL politicians, including POTUS!!!



posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:14 PM
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Now we just need to test them for authoritarianism, stupidity, greed and love of power.

And for good measure make them swear an oath or something, too...

Seriously though, many of our politicians have no problem commiting blatant treason under penalty of death, but we'll "scare em straight" with these drug tests for sure.

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posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:18 PM
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Dear buni11687,

While at first we might all laugh about this, I have a couple of problems with what they have done. Firstly, how can we pass legislation that is sensible when people are allowed to attach ridiculous riders. Second, I have just as big a problem with drug testing politicians as I do welfare recipients. We have too much drug testing and too many invasions of our privacy in areas where it is not needed. Finally and most importantly to me is the increase in the attitude and approach that attempts to right a wrong by being another wrong. This is no different than the congress members who are protesting certain things for women not being included in the healthcare law by introducing bills to limit men's access to viagra. It is all just childish and sets a bad example on how to deal with disagreements. Peace and good catch.



posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:21 PM
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drug test are an invasion of privacy and they're easy to cheat. even random drug test are nothing to get around. waste of money


I agree, but in this case with Ok., they (the state) are trying to make drug testing for welfare recipients mandatory. If the state wants to do that to welfare recipients, then I support drug testing of the politicans



posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:24 PM
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Well, one reprecussion may be that this forces congress into a situation where they actually legislate sane drug reform for once.



posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:44 PM
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Dear METACOMET,

Do you want to bet on that? This will make nothing better it only serves to push us all further into responding to everything we disagree with by being even more ridiculous. What if, and this is just a thought, what if we actually tried to do things that made sense and were honest efforts to make things better even when we disagree?



posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:47 PM
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The legislation heads to the state Senate after being passed by a vote of 82 to 6, according to Reuters.




Well, if they are going to drug test the members of the state Senate I'd begin with the 6 who were against it.

just sayin.



posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 12:07 AM
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If I understand what you are saying, then I don't think we disagree at all. I was just throwing an example out there.

I haven't looked deep into this issue but I'll admit that my libertarians gut reaction on this is that it's a bad idea. Big government philosophy, carried out, does not, cannot, has not, and never will solve any problem whatsoever no matter how infinitesimally small. But it will spend as much of your money as it can attempting to solve it. This is all for your own good, of course.


That being said, I wonder how the CIA would go about blackmailing the congress if their doper secrets were outed to the public?



posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 02:46 AM
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I agree drug testing is a bad idea, intrusive, and an invasion of privacy. However, if lawmakers are going to sponsor and pass bad laws then I see little harm, and some good, if they are required to submit to their own laws.



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