Representatives vote to test themselves for drugs, alcohol before pay

By Don Davis

Minnesota representatives voted to test themselves for drugs and alcohol.

On a 119-12 vote, they agreed with Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, that lawmakers should be tested “to the extent practicable” and must provide evidence of a negative test before receiving any pay or expense reimbursements.

Representatives tacked the provision onto another amendment by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, to require such tests before Minnesotans receive welfare payments.

The Drazkowski amendment, with lawmaker provision attached, passed 83-49. It was on an overall health-care funding bill.

While representatives approved the provisions, they are not included in Senate or Gov. Mark Dayton proposals.

The full health care funding bill, spending $13 billion the next two years, passed late Monday.

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