Representative Holcomb Introduces Legislative Drug Testing Bill

12.5.2011

ATLANTA - State Representative Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) introduced legislation requiring members of the General Assembly to pass a drug test before taking office.

"This bill is really very simple. If the General Assembly is going to pass laws requiring struggling, jobless Georgians to pay for drug tests as a precondition to receiving state benefits, then members of the General Assembly should lead by example and take the tests first," Holcomb said.

Under House Bill 677, drug tests will be required for members of the General Assembly, and random tests will also be mandated. The legislation requires that members of the General Assembly pay for the drug tests with their personal funds, and campaign funds may not be used.

"I would prefer the General Assembly focus on the issues that are most important to Georgians. But, if the General Assembly is going to make drug testing for state benefits a major issue when we return in January, then legislators need to be the first in line," said Holcomb.

Representative Scott Holcomb represents the citizens of District 82 in northeast DeKalb County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves on the Public Safety and Homeland Security, Defense and Veterans Affairs, and Children and Youth committees.



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