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'Urine Trouble' Act trickles out of committee to full House for a vote

The Mississippi Legislature could be accused of engaging in trickle down economics with the "Urine Trouble Act," but the reason for the bill is a serious one, says its author.

House Bill 1080 passed committee Thursday and is headed for the full House for a vote.

Bill author and state Rep. Andy Gipson showed his House Judiciary B Committee an $18.99 bottle of synthetic urine that he said was purchased just minutes away from the capitol. The product is used by those trying to avoid testing positive on a drug test.

If Gipson's bill becomes law, any possession, sale or use of synthetic urine designed to defeat drug tests would be a misdemeanor with a $500 fine and/or three months in jail.

Mississippi would be one of at least 14 states that have banned the sale and use of such products or similar chemicals to circumvent a drug test.

Most recently, New Hampshire's ban on fake urine went into effect last January, while Indiana's went into effect on July 1. Missouri is considering a similar bill.

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