By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Mar 10, 2014
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Should state officials be drug tested? It's a question many have been asking since former republican Congressman Trey Radel's cocaine bust.
Former Congressman Trey Radel suggested the idea of drug testing after his bust with cocaine in Washington D.C. Now just a few months later, republican State Representative Dane Eagle wants to put the idea into action.
Eagle is sponsoring a bill that would require all elected officials in the state of Florida to undergo drug tests within 60 days of taking office including state and federal lawmakers, county commissioners, city councilmen, judges, even school board members.
Kim in Naples thinks drug testing officials is only fair.
She said, "As regular citizens we have to go through drug testing anytime we get a job. That's fair and I think it's a good thing."
Representative Eagle also filed a separate bill that would make drug tests results exempt from public record requirements meaning only an ethics commission would know if a representative fails.
Donnie in Port Charlotte loves the idea of testing but thinks he should know the results.
"Absolutely every elected official should be drug tested and the result should be public. They should set an example," said Donnie.
John is concerned about the cost and wrote on Facebook, "More drug hysteria. What a waste of money."
Angela posted, "Unless it's the drug test that uses the hair, it's pointless and a waste of tax payer dollars."
Robert in Lehigh thinks it's worth it.
He said, "They are being held to a higher standard."