Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law this week requiring some recipients of public assistance to be drug tested and one local state lawmaker says he would like to see a similar law in Kentucky.
9th District State Representative Myron Dossett says he doesn’t know all of the specifics of the bill in the Volunteer State, but that he has co-sponsored Representative Lonnie Napier’s bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that’s failed the last two years.
Dossett says there are many Kentuckians who really need public assistance and who are trying to do the right thing, but there are some whose children suffer when the benefits help support a drug habit.
Some detractors say everyone receiving a check from the government should be drug tested under the proposed legislation and Representative Dossett says he’d gladly take a test before being paid for his work in Frankfort.
The bill will almost certainly be filed again before next year’s session, though it’s far too soon to know how it will fare.