From the Georgia House Democratic Caucus:
In response to the General Assembly passing laws requiring poor Georgians to pay for drug tests, Representative Scott Holcomb has lead by example and submitted to a drug test. Representative Holcomb introduced House Bill 677 during the legislative session in response to a bill filed by Republicans that would require drug tests for parents who apply for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. HB 677 would require that legislators be drug tested.
Representative Holcomb said, “If the state of Georgia is going to make drug testing a precondition for receiving benefits, then legislators need to be the first in lone. We receive taxpayer benefits and we should lead by example.” Using his own personal funds, Rep. Holcomb visited a drug-testing center in his district last week to take a drug test and he received the results on Thursday. He passed.
“I don’t understand why the Georgia General Assembly deems it appropriate to only test poor Georgians but no one else who receives taxpayer money,” said Rep. Holcomb. “I believe that any legislator who pushes these laws should take a test as well.”
Representative Holcomb will hold a press conference on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:30AM in room 216 of the Capitol to discuss his push for mandating drug tests for the Georgia General Assembly.