Drug test update: add Mississippi to list of states with bills to drug test judges

I failed to note yesterday another bill has been introduced to drug test judges.

Mississippi HB 1422 of 2014 differs from the Missouri (impeach if positive test) and Pennsylvania (cannot appear on ballot without clean drug test) models. Under HB 1422, a judge could be elected to office in Mississippi but would not be allowed to take office without a clean drug test being submitted. The judge would be obligated to pay for the drug test, however reimbursement would be available at the option of the governing authority (not clear if this means the local government or the administrative office of the courts).

Mississippi HB 1422 is in contrast to HB 1126 which limits drug testing to legislators only.

HB 1422 has been filed in the House Judiciary A Committee.

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