Boynton Beach City Hall drug testing: Commissioner David Merker wants elected officials tested

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Boynton Beach City Commissioner David Merker is passionate about bringing drug testing to City Hall.

He's proposing that elected officials - four commissioners and the mayor - be drug tested.

That topic is on the Boynton Beach city agenda Tuesday night and is just the first step in discussing how it might work - if it is implemented.

How often and where the drug testing takes place would still need to be ironed out.

It would cost taxpayers 50-dollars per test.

Merker is pushing for the measure for transparency and to hold leaders responsible. "What's the harm? I will take a test immediately. I have no qualms about it. It's that simple."

Merker says drug testing may be something he's willing to expand to appointed positions throughout the city.

A similar law is being considered on the state level.

It would require elected officials to be drug tested within sixty days of election.

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