HB 343 – State Official Recall Elections and Drug Testing (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_343
HB 343 outlines and authorizes recall elections, as well as implements mandatory drug testing for statewide elected officials and TARP recipients.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. R. Hagan (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Driehaus (D), Rep. Fedor (D), Rep. Foley (D), Rep. Gentile (D), Rep. Gerberry (D), Rep. Murray (D), Rep. Pillich (D), Rep. Yuko (D)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0343?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
While we recognize this bill is a “creative response” by opponents of existing drug testing bills tied to public benefits, the ACLU of Ohio believes that mandatory drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches, regardless of one’s standing as a legislator or receipt of public funds. HB 343’s drug testing requirement for officials and TARP recipients is an unnecessary and invasive expansion of law.