SACRAMENTO — An attempt to force the 120 members of the state Legislature to submit to drug tests was thwarted today by an Assembly committee during a stormy hearing in which the enraged chairman screamed at a key witness, "You are crazy!"
The Labor and Employment Committee sent the measure, a resolution authored by Assemblywoman Marian W. LaFollette (R-Northridge), to what lawmakers call "interim study," a legislative limbo where bills become the subject of hearings while the Legislature is in recess.
LaFollette's bill would require lawmakers in both houses to take urine tests to determine whether they have used drugs. Those who test positive would be examined again to confirm the results, and those with verified positive tests would be asked to take drug counseling.
LaFollette said her resolution was "a symbolic act. . . . I'm not trying to correct any legislator's life style." She said that the Legislature serves as a role model for young people and that her resolution was prompted by reports of widespread drug use among the young.