Rep. Sherman Mack Says Drug Testing Bill Will Be Back Next Session
Rep. Sherman Mack, author of legislation to require random drug testing of welfare recipients appeared on 'Mornings With Ken & Bernie' today to report on it's defeat in committee. Rep. Mack noted that some committee members including the Chairman walked out of the hearing in effect assuring that a quorum would not be present for a vote.
When asked if he would re-introduce the legislation next year Mack said,
"I will bring the legislation back at some point. One of the things I am proudest of is that even opponents of the bill came up to me and said they respected the way I handled it and said I made a number of good points."
According to Rep. Mack eleven Democrats in the House voted for this measure this year and that is encouraging. Sometimes reform such as this legislation takes time so Mack said he would be bringing the legislation back in coming years.
Mack said this measure was designed to bring personal accountability to the welfare system. It is designed to let people be ready to work.
Listen to the interview: