22 Nov 2013

Six-monthly drug tests planned for elected CNMI officials

4:35 pm on 22 November 2013

A bill is being crafted in the Northern Marianas House of Representatives that would impose a mandatory twice-a-year drug test for all elected officials such as the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, lawmakers, mayors, and municipal council members.

The bill is being drafted by Representative Christopher Leon Guerrero who says the drug tests will apply to all incoming and re-elected officials.

Mr Guerrero, who is a former police officer, says before any new and re-elected official is sworn into office, they need to undergo drug testing.

Previous legislatures have had lawmakers suspected of or charged with drug-related offences.

Although house rules allow for it, the House and Senate do not necessarily impose drug testing of its members and staff.