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Missouri Senate OKs Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients, But Not Lawmakers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — An amendment calling for drug testing of lawmakers gets shot down in the Missouri Senate. This comes as a welfare drug testing bill makes its way through the Missouri legislature.

St. Louis Democratic Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal proposed the amendment to a bill that would ensure welfare recipients aren’t abusing illegal drugs. The amendment would have forced state lawmakers to get drug tested every two years.

Clay County Republican Senator Luann Ridgeway says she believes it was too far reaching.

“While I don’t think people ought to be liquored up or drugged up when they’re making laws, it does open a completely separate chapter and for a different set of people.”

Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal countered stating lawmakers should be compared to welfare recipients in terms of their reliance on state funds.

“As office holders, we also get money from the state by virtue of our jobs,” Chapelle-Nadal said.

Lawrence County Republican Senator Jack Goodman struck down the amendment. He says the amendment’s subject was too far reaching and out of the scope of the bill.

After passing the House, the Senate adopted a substitute revised plan for drug testing welfare recipients.

The bill goes to a committee before a final vote on the Senate floor.

Alon Gilboa contributed to this report.

Copyright KMOX News/MDN

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