OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Legislation that would have enacted actual punishments for drugged-up state lawmakers is officially dead.
For the moment, elected officials in the Kansas Legislature can test positive for an illegal substance without fear of repercussion or public exposure.
SB 391, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, would have closed a monumental oversight pointed out last December by Legislative Administrative Services Director Jeff Russell. While new rules allow for welfare benefits to be revoked if a recipient tests positive for narcotics, no punitive actions were enshrined in law for an elected official who fails a drug test.
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