Minnesota House members vote to drug test themselves
Minnesota House members have voted to give themselves drug tests in order to be eligible for their pay and benefits.
The unusual move came amid a long, late debate on a health and human service budget Monday. After a Republican lawmaker moved that the bill require drug and alcohol screening in order to be eligible for welfare, a Democratic lawmaker moved to extend that requirement to legislators.
The debate led to a few moments of levity. Republican Rep. Duane Quam of Byron joked, "bring on the cup, I have nothing to fear."
A large majority of House members backed both provisions. A handful of Democrats voted drug tests for lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Thissen.
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