California Drug and Alcohol Testing for State Legislators Act (2010)

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A California Drug and Alcohol Testing for State Legislators Initiative (09-0014) was intended for but will not be on the 2010 state ballot as an initiated state statute.

Dorothy Cummings and Gary Ellis were the measure's official proponents.[1]

Provisions

The proposed initiative had these provisions:[2]

  • All state legislators who are elected subsequent to the passage of this initiative would be tested for the illegal use of drugs and the “habitual use of alcohol.”
  • Legislators who test positive would be prohibited from performing his or her official duties or from getting paid until that legislator completes a substance abuse program at his or her own expense.
  • A legislator who got a second positive test would have to permanently forfeit his or her office.
  • Legislators who are using marijuana for medical purposes would be exempt.

Text of measure

The Attorney General provided the following ballot title, summary and statement of estimated fiscal impact:[2]

Ballot title

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing for members of the legislature. Initiative Statute.[3]

Ballot summary

Requires all legislators elected subsequent to passage of this initiative to be tested for the illegal use of drugs and the “habitual use of alcohol.” Prevents a legislator who tests positive from performing his or her official duties or from getting paid until that legislator completes a substance abuse program at his or her own expense. Requires a legislator to permanently forfeit his or her office upon a second positive test. Provides exception for use of medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s care.[3]

Fiscal impact

Probably no significant change in state costs in most years.[3]

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