H. B. 4469
(By Delegates Ellington, Howell, Andes,
Overington, Carmichael, Savilla, Ireland,
Evans, Sigler and Snuffer)
[Introduced February 9, 2012; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §4-1-24, relating to implementing drug testing for legislators of the State of West Virginia.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §4-1-24, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES; APPROPRIATIONS; INVESTIGATIONS; DISPLAY OF FLAGS; RECORDS; USE OF CAPITOL BUILDING; PREFILING OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS; STANDING COMMITTEES; INTERIM MEETINGS; NEXT MEETING OF THE SENATE.
§4-1-24. Drug testing for legislators.
(a) On the first day of each regular session of the Legislature, the Commissioner of the Division of Human Services shall administer drug testing to each member of the Legislature. This test shall provide a mechanism to detect illegal consumption of controlled substances.
(b) All persons who are members of the Legislature must submit to the commissioner’s drug testing program.
(c) Any member of the Legislature who fails an initial drug test must submit to a second drug test no less than thirty days following the initial drug test, but not to exceed sixty days following the initial test. If this second test is not passed, the member shall forfeit all pay and allowances for that calendar year.
(d) The commissioner shall be responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of any and all drug test results administered as part of the program. Drug test results shall only be used for the purpose of determining fitness for pay and allowances under subsection (c) of this section. At no time shall drug test results be released to any public or private person or entity, except as otherwise authorized by this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a drug testing program for legislators who shall be required to submit to drug testing. Any legislator who fails two consecutive drug tests must forfeit all pay and allowances. The bill also ensures confidentiality of records.
§4-1-24 is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.