Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2010
Sen. Bryce Marlatt
Senate Bill to Subject Elected Officials to Drug Testing
Heads to House
The State Senate approved legislation Wednesday
which would require state elected officials as well as those in
the federally-funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
program to undergo random drug testing. Sen. Bryce
Marlatt is co-author of Senate Bill 1392, and successfully amended
the measure to ensure state elected officials are not under the
influence of drugs or alcohol while on the job.
“In the private sector, drug testing is part of the job
description and state employees are also subject to these tests.
I don’t believe our state elected officials should be treated
any different,” said Marlatt, R-Woodward.
Marlatt’s amendment would require all state elected officials
to undergo the same standards as private sector employees and staff.
The measure will next be heard in House committee. If approved
by the Governor, the new law would go into affect November 1, 2011.
more information contact:
Sen. Marlatt: 405-521-5626