Stalking your ex’s Facebook account for damning evidence in court is certainly a questionable past-time. But for those parents who routinely receive child support from dutiful exes, one Iowa senator named Mark Chelgren thinks that you should submit to drug testing — and just because your ex says so.
Senator Mark Chelgren totally proposed an amendment to a budget bill stating that your baby’s mother or father could demand to have you drug tested as often as every six months before forking over those payments. His amendment was inspired by a colleague of his who is having some family drama:
The proposal came from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa who said he was pushing the idea on behalf of an unidentified constituent who believed his ex was using child support money for illegal drugs.
A person paying child support under Chelgren’s proposal could require the recipient to a drug test every six months as long as they pay the costs.
DesMoinesRegister.com reports that some Democrats “openly laughed” during Chelgren’s proposal of the amendment, which he eventually withdrew. Senator Jack Hatch quickly envisioned this bit of legislation being vastly manipulated between bitter parents, which Chelgreen denied. Hatch reportedly said:
“[He] told the Senate that he believes the proposal is anti-woman and could unfairly be used by vindictive spouses. He further expressed concerns that the proposal would clog the court system.”
Close call there, mommies. But perhaps ready a blood, saliva, or hair sample in that effort to obtain the funds necessary to raise your kids.