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House approves drug testing

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Apr 23, 2013 at 6:16 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota House members have voted to give themselves drug tests in order to be eligible for their pay and benefits.

The unusual move came amid a long, late debate on a health and human service budget Monday. After a Republican lawmaker moved that the bill require drug and alcohol screening in order to be eligible for welfare, a Democratic lawmaker moved to extend that requirement to legislators.

The debate led to a few moments of levity. Republican Rep. Duane Quam of Byron joked, ``bring on the cup, I have nothing to fear.''

A large majority of House members backed both provisions. A handful of Democrats voted drug tests for lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Thissen.

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