Despite state House killing of drug testing bill, Senate moves on

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill to require South Dakota lawmakers to be drug-tested has moved forward in the state Senate a day after House lawmakers rejected the proposal.

The Argus Leader reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 Thursday to advance Senate Bill 168 to the chamber's floor.

It would mandate members of the Legislature be tested within two weeks of getting sworn into office and two weeks of legislative session's end.

Supporters say the plan is aimed at showing leadership and giving voters evidence that lawmakers aren't using drugs in Pierre.

The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to kill the measure in that chamber.

Republican Rep. David Lust, who opposed it, contended the bill was either based on cynicism or grandstanding.