03/27/19 -- HCS HB 80 -- Prohits drug testing in private probation services when unrelated

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 80
Bill Purpose: 
Prohits drug testing in private probation services when unrelated
Date of Vote: 
03/27/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 80, introduced by Representative Justin Hill (Republican - District 108) prohibits private probation services from requiring drug or alcohol tests when such tests are unrelated to the crime the person was convicted of.  Current law allows such tests, which provide a perverse incentive for such probation services, who ultimately profit from parole violations.

This bill is an important part of criminal justice reform, as any serious effort to reform the system must include provisions to eliminate any "policing for profit" type activities.  Violating someone's probation based on unnecessary tests that have no bearing to their crime or certainly seems to fall into that category, even when the party involved is a private company.  This was a good bill that I was happy to vote for.