Hungary's governing party backs drug test for kids

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Posted: Dec 08, 2014 9:45 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungary's governing Fidesz party say they support a proposal to administer yearly mandatory drug tests to children between ages 12 to 18.

Antal Rogan, head of the Fidesz parliamentary group, said Monday the plan needed some "strong adjustments" but would protect children and fight drug trafficking and organized crime. A draft of the bill is expected to be ready in February for debate in parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority of seats.

Rogan said the test results would be revealed only to parents and a positive test would have no legal consequences for minors.

Fidesz communications director Mate Kocsis said last week the tests would also apply to politicians and journalists. But Rogan now says legal consultations are needed to see if those groups can be included.