Thu., 9:01am: Bill proposes drug testing of Ohio lawmakers

COLUMBUS – A bill introduced in the state Senate this week would require drug-testing of Ohio’s lawmakers.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that the bill would have the same goals as another bill that would require testing of welfare recipients.

Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, says that if people getting welfare need to be tested for illegal drugs, then members of the state Legislature ought to be, too.

Under the proposal, lawmakers would be screened for exhibiting signs of drug abuse once each year – or more often if selected during four random drawings each year.

Lawmakers who test positive would be removed from any office or chairmanship and not get paid until they test clean. They also would be required to complete a drug and alcohol abuse program.