LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A new bill was filed this week that would require elected officials to be drug tested.
“Based on some of the legislation that comes out of their sessions, I think it’s a good idea that they get drug tested,” says Charlotte Peebles, who lives in North Little Rock.
Peebles is in favor of the bill.
Representative Fredrick Love says it’s a bill he’s been working on for a while. “It’s not one of those things where I’m just filing late in the session because I know it’s not going to pass.”
Rep. Love says it was born out of the idea that SNAP recipients be drug tested and he feels strongly that elected officials should do the same.
“It’s something that if we’re going to charge the citizens of Arkansas with being drug-free, I think we need to lead by example,” says Rep. Love.
“A lot of important issues are ignored and they take up fluff issues that don’t help the population of Arkansas,” says Peebles. “I’d like to know that they’re sober.”
The bill is expected to run in the House Rules Committee on Monday.