Harmon favors drug testing for recipients of public assistance, state workers and candidates

04/27/2011 04:40 PM

Lieutenant Governor candidate and Republican State Rep. Mike Harmon said legislators should look into requiring drug testing for state employees and even candidates for office.

Harmon is running on the ticket of Louisville businessman Republican Phil Moffett, and represents the 54th District, which covers Boyle and Washington counties.

Harmon said he supported a bill that requiring the state to test people who receive public assistance for drugs. Republican Rep. Lonnie Napier of Lancaster proposed the bill during the 2011 session. But that measure failed.

Regarding drug testing for state employees, Harmon quipped that he had “no problem with that. I have no problem with that. I think it’s a good idea. Maybe they should test those of us running for public office, too,” Harmon said (check the 8:40 mark of the clip).

Harmon said that improving Kentucky’s literacy rate could help lower the state’s rampant drug and prescription pill problem, but doesn’t believe that pseudoephedrine should be a prescription drug.

“If we make that prescription, we’re basically punishing the 98 percent who are doing it right, for the two percent that are not,” Harmon said. (check the 1:50 mark of the video)

But Harmon supports beefing up spending on Medicaid fraud detection and KASPER, Kentucky’s pill tracking program.

“If we do spend money in that area, we’re actually going to save money in the long-run,” Harmon said. (check the 5:50 mark of the video)

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