by Steven Hale
The proposal is the brainchild of Republicans Hurley and Sen. Stacey Campfield. On the House floor Tuesday, Hurley again rejected a proposed amendment that would have required testing for lawmakers and another that would have required the state to pay for the tests.
While other states, such as Florida — which barely broke even on a similar program before it was halted by a federal judge — have reimbursed applicants who prove to be drug-free, Hurley and Campfield's bill does not. It would require testing for any applicant with a prior drug conviction or anyone who raises suspicion based on a screening.