It would be a great honorto be able to sit down and speak with any of the state legislators. If thiswould be possible, I would ask him or her 2 questions about today’s society. Thefirst would be about the monitoring of individuals with state auto insuranceand the second would be drug testing for welfare.Auto insurance isrequired for all vehicles that are inspected and registered. However, there aremany individuals who are driving registered, inspected vehicles who canceltheir auto insurance as soon as the vehicle is “legal” because they choose topay monthly and then cancel their insurance as soon as the vehicle isregistered. When the drivers of these vehicles cause an accident, the cost ofthe resulting damages ends up falling on the innocent parties and theirinsurance due to the lack of insurance coverage for the faulting party. Isthere a way for the state to require insurance companies to monitor coverage bythose who pay a month and then cancel? Or, can there be higher fines,penalties, for those that are at fault in accidents and don’t have insurance tohelp deter this from happening?Drug testing for Welfarerecipients has been long debated in Texas.
The subject of cost for testing everyoneseems to be a big factor for not testing. Instead of testing all of thosealready receiving aid, would it be more beneficial to only test new applicants?If all new applicants are still too expensive, could applicants be screened andthen tested only if they have a documented history of drug abuse or have beendismissed from a previous job due to drugs? I have heard that random picking ofthose to screen is discriminatory, but if those that are picked for testingaren’t random, instead flagged for past behavior, there would not be anargument for discrimination. Ultimately, the testing would eliminate those thatuse drugs or deter them from using drugs in order to get welfare aid.There are many issues inTexas that need to be addressed by our legislature that are probably viewed asmore important; however, these topics of auto insurance and drug testing aretopics I have considered. It would be informative to sit down with alegislature and get their thoughts on these 2 problems.