House Republicans Protest Committee Meeting

Six House Republicans boycotted a committee meeting Thursday because the chairman refused to take a vote on a measure that would require random drug testing of people who receive welfare and other public benefits. But House Health and Welfare chairman Tom Burch said House Bill 26 would have been defeated if the committee had taken a vote. "I didn't want to embarrass him," Burch, D-Louisville, said of Rep. Lonnie Napier, the primary sponsor of HB 26. Napier, one of the long est-serving members of the House, announced earlier this year that he was not seeking re-election.