Colorado lawmakers are pursuing legislation that would require those seeking welfare benefits to take drug tests. A new provision was added to the bill that would require elected officials in the state to take the same examination.


The lawmaker who proposed the amendment, Democratic House Leader Mark Ferrandino, passed around small cups with pictures of lawmakers and the words “drug test,” prompting chuckles from members of the Appropriations Committee that moved the bill to a vote of the full House. The cups listed the name of the committee as “Appropeeations.”

“I brought us all cups so we can go get drug tested,” Ferrandino jovially said, prompting a quip from a lawmaker that if Ferrandino was willing to take the cups, they’d be willing to take the test. Ferrandino opposes the bill.

Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, the bill sponsor, said he was thinking of adding the amendment even before Ferrandino proposed it. He said he’s heard from people about his bill who think lawmakers should also be tested because they’re paid by the state.

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