Mandatory Drug Testing For Legislators Deemed Unconstitutional

20 years ago, On April 15, 1997, the Supreme Court of the United States overruled a Georgia law stating that all politicians are mandated to undergo drug testing before being accepted or permitted on the poll. The said law was ruled unconstitutional or unlawful by the Supreme Court.

Presently, none of the states mandates politicians to go through drug testing, however according to a report in February 2017, a representative in the state of Virginia has recommended the compulsory drug testing of lawmakers or legislators particularly to government officials and the police force who were seized because of trafficking and smuggling massive of quantities of illegal drugs in previous years.

Survey Says….

In a survey in 2013, it presented that majority of those who answered the survey were in approval of randomly drug testing congress members or politicians. They strongly agreed with the notion that if individuals getting support from the government are required to be tested for drugs, then the individuals running the government ought to be tested for drugs too.

There are a lot of petitions, appeals, and sign-up sheets on the internet regarding the drug testing of politicians and government officials. A page in Facebook was also created and it also contains links to other pages, videos, and articles in support of testing congress members for drugs together with numerous reasons and opinions of the public on making it compulsory for politicians to take a drug test.

On the other hand, to remove drug users from the dole or benefit allotment list and at the same time to lessen expenditure on welfare, Republican legislators in different states presented bills mandating welfare beneficiaries to go through drug testing.

Meanwhile, Democratic legislators decided to present their own resolutions obligating government officials and political figures to submit to similar testing. Yet, there remains the Supreme Court decision that testing legislators or politicians for drug use is unlawful or unconstitutional and violates their Fourth Amendment rights, the prohibition of irrational or unreasonable searches and seizures.

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