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  • Drug-testing costs Susquenita student honor society membership

    06/12/2014 7:23:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 06/10/2014 | By Eric Veronikis
    After Michael and Melinda May's daughter was drug-tested five times in three years at Susquenita Middle School, they refused to sign a permission slip allowing it to happen again. Leila May was drug-tested once during her fifth grade year, once in sixth grade and three times as a seventh grader because Susquenita School District randomly tests students in grades five through 12 who participate in extracurricular activities and apply for parking permits.  Without the permission slip signed, Leila was unable to participate in the National Junior Honor Society during her eighth-grade year, which ended last week. But Melinda May said...
  • Welfare recipient ID required by more states

    05/14/2014 4:46:51 PM PDT · by usalady · 7 replies
    In an effort to stop fraud in the use of welfare benefits more states are insisting that federal benefits, including food- stamp cards, include a photo identification.
  • President of Drug-Testing Company Is Brother of St. Edward High School President

    05/01/2014 2:05:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 4 replies
    Cleveland Scene ^ | 04/29/2014 | Eric Sandy
    One of the big news items this week has to do with St. Edward High School, St. Ignatius High School and Gilmour Academy all kicking off a mandatory drug-testing program for their students in the fall. It's an interesting story because no other schools in Northeast Ohio presently test their students for drug use.   Another interesting point of fact is that the president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Psychemedics - the company that will be conducting the tests - is Raymond Kubacki, brother of St. Edward High School President James Kubacki. The former is a St. Ignatius grad himself and...
  • Drug tests for unemployment benefits approved (in Texas)

    05/26/2013 7:30:56 AM PDT · by GraceG · 28 replies
    KHOU ^ | 5/25/2013 | MICHAEL BRICK
    <p>AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Workers who lose their jobs would have to clear a drug screening to qualify for unemployment compensation under a proposal approved by the Texas Legislature.</p> <p>Under current law, employers take out insurance policies to help laid-off workers survive on weekly payments of $62 to $440. Those who are fired for cause, including failing an employer-sponsored drug test, do not qualify.</p>
  • Cops’ firing for drugs reversed; Report slams testing

    03/07/2013 2:23:06 PM PST · by Ken H · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 07, 2013 | n/a
    Six Boston cops fired after testing positive for cocaine have been ordered reinstated — with back pay — after a state board struck down hair tests as unreliable in a bombshell ruling that could have a far-reaching impact on how city workers are drug-tested. In a stunning, 134-page ruling, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission this week ordered the six cops back on the job, finding that “the present state of hair testing for drugs of abuse ... does not meet the standard of reliability necessary to be routinely used” to fire someone.
  • Freep a Poll! (Test welfare recipients for drugs?)

    12/16/2012 2:06:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | 12-16-12 | Toledo Blade
    Q Should drug tests be required to receive welfare assistance? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Yes, for known offenders. Yes, for everyone. No.
  • Crime Lab Scandal Rocks Massachusetts

    09/23/2012 6:17:28 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 43 replies
    NPR ^ | September 20, 2012 | by Tovia Smith
    Massachusetts is reeling from a massive scandal in its state crime lab. Details are still emerging about what officials call a "rogue chemist" who may have mishandled evidence in as many as 40,000 cases over 10 years. It could mean the unraveling of countless convictions. Even lawyers prone to hyperbole may not be overstating it when they call the scandal a catastrophic failure and unmitigated disaster. "Any person who's been convicted of a drug crime in the last several years whose drugs were tested at the lab was very potentially a victim of a very substantial miscarriage of justice," says...
  • Georgia Moves to Require Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients, Faces Lawsuit

    04/18/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Mark Mayberry · 13 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | April 18, 2012 | Mark Mayberry
    In 2010, the state of Florida successfully passed legislation requiring welfare recipients to submit to a drug test in order to continue receiving governmental assistance. Since then, the state has decreased the number of applicants by 48 percent and saved just under two million dollars. It is only a matter of time before more states catch onto this age of new fiscal restraints. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has modeled this Florida law in his state. In a press release from his office on Monday, Governor Deal praised Florida for their success and defended the law in his state saying, “This...
  • (Gov. Rick) Scott signs bill to drug-test Fla. state workers

    03/21/2012 9:20:59 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | AP (Via Palm Beach Post)
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has quietly signed into law a bill allowing random drug testing of state workers. The governor's office announced the signing after normal working hours Monday night. The only suspense was when the Scott would sign the bill, not if he would sign it. The Republican governor already has tried to enforce random drug testing through an executive order. He suspended it, though, due to a court challenge. The new law also is certain to generate a lawsuit.
  • Judge Blocks Florida's New Welfare Drug Testing Law

    10/25/2011 8:12:32 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 25 2011 | Associated Press
    A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Judge Mary Scriven ruled in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test. The judge said there was a good chance plaintiff Luis Lebron would succeed in his challenge to the law based on the Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from being unfairly searched....
  • States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare

    10/11/2011 6:26:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 10, 2011 | A. G. SULZBERGER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. Policy makers in three dozen states this year proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits like welfare, unemployment assistance, job training, food stamps and public housing. Such laws, which proponents say ensure that tax dollars are not being misused and critics say reinforce stereotypes about the poor, have passed in states including Arizona, Indiana and Missouri. In Florida, people receiving cash assistance through welfare have...
  • Great Scott!Rick Scott Gets Told on CNN--Again

    07/27/2011 9:31:34 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 26 replies
    Broward-Palm Beach New Times ^ | Jul. 27 2011 at 11:11 AM | Matthew Hendley
    Gov. Rick Scott took his armchair president skills to CNN this morning as part of his belief that he has a say in federal government, and the CNN anchors made him look like a fool -- again. In early June, the governor went on CNN to defend his advocacy of drug-testing welfare recipients. He was asked three times what evidence he had that those on welfare have a higher rate on drug use -- one time he said, "I don't know," another time he didn't answer, and the third time he invented a scientific study on drug use. This time...
  • Drug Therapist Modifies Urinalysis on Whistleblower

    06/21/2011 8:17:32 PM PDT · by SFNM · 13 replies
    Santa Fe Reporter ^ | April 2011 | Alexa Schirtzinger, Editor
    Santa Fe New Mexico So Pissed In Brief Alexa Schirtzinger April 27, 2011 On April 13, SFR reported on complaints of mismanagement filed by a resident of Casa Cerrillos, a substance-free housing program run by the St. Elizabeth Shelter Corp. At 3 pm the day the story published, Julia, the resident who filed the complaint, was issued a warning by Casa Cerrillos Program Manager Shea Goodluck-Barnes for failing to follow the proper grievance procedure by sending her complaints directly to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. At 3:30 pm, Julia was given a urinalysis test. At 4:50 pm,...
  • Louisiana House committee OKs welfare drug-testing bill

    04/22/2010 6:09:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 21 replies · 590+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | April 22, 2010 | Bill Barrow
    BATON ROUGE -- Having failed multiple times to get approval for his proposal to expand drug testing of public assistance recipients, Rep. John LaBruzzo retooled the bill Wednesday to focus on pregnant women. With that strategic shift, the House Health and Welfare Committee voted without dissent to require that the state test 20 percent of those who receive aid from the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant Program. The priority would be on pregnant women, and no one who tests positive would lose benefits as long as they enter state-paid treatment programs....
  • Random drug testing for Universal Healthcare public option recipients / misc. thought

    09/03/2009 11:07:39 PM PDT · by voveo · 3 replies · 330+ views
    Sept. 4, 2009 | voveo
    Discussions on Welfare reform often included the proposal of random drug testing for the recipients. That language could also be included in the Health Care Reform Bill for those who accept the public option. Why should a tax payer be forced to pay for people who voluntarily wish to damage themselves and burden society with the costs? This question should be brought in the current discussion. The support from the left would die very quickly if that language were to be adopted. It also may force Pelosi to not include the public option in the bill.
  • States consider drug tests for welfare recipients

    03/26/2009 10:35:26 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 92 replies · 2,263+ views
    My Way ^ | Mar 26, 2008 | TOM BREEN
    snip In the past, such efforts have been stymied by legal and cost concerns, said Christine Nelson, a program manager with the National Conference of State Legislatures. But states' bigger fiscal crises, and the surging demand for public assistance, could change that. "It's an example of where you could cut costs at the expense of a segment of society that's least able to defend themselves," said Frank Crabtree, executive director of the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Drug testing is not the only restriction envisioned for people receiving public assistance: a bill in the Tennessee Legislature...
  • Drug testing for welfare and unemployment recipients

    03/26/2009 7:06:38 AM PDT · by free_us_from_obama · 13 replies · 704+ views
    Fort Wayne News ^ | 03/26/2009 | Fort Wayne News
    I read an article on Fox News this morning that shows several states considering random drug testing of recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits and welfare. If you think about it, why not? It’s no different that getting drug tested at your place of employment, as pointed on below. “Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature who has created a Web site — notwithmytaxdollars.com — that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. “If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?” Blair...
  • New Arena for Testing of Drugs: Real World (The Evidence Gap)

    11/25/2008 9:04:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 688+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 25, 2008 | GINA KOLATA
    Sylvia Syvenky went for a routine dental appointment in early October, expecting to have two caps on her teeth replaced. But something went terribly wrong. “I felt like I was choking,” Mrs. Syvenky said. “I couldn’t take a breath. All sorts of gurgly sounds were coming out of me.” She was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital near her home in Edmonton, Alberta, where doctors placed a mask on her face and forced air into her lungs. They told her she had heart failure. After her condition improved, they asked her to sign up for a study of a new...
  • Urine Trouble -- Whizzinator Makers Plead Guilty

    11/25/2008 5:43:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies · 1,122+ views
    tmz.com ^ | 11-25-08 | TMZ staff
    The two whizzes who created a device to beat drugs tests just learned a valuable lesson: You don't pee on the United States government out of a fake penis and tell 'em it's raining. Robert Catalano and George Wills have just plead guilty in U.S. District Court for conspiring to sell the Whizzinator -- a prosthetic penis sold with a heating device and dried urine which, quite obviously, helps people fake their way through drug tests
  • Drug-testing proposal gets mixed response

    10/06/2008 9:55:49 PM PDT · by SantosLHalper · 13 replies · 675+ views
    goupstate.com ^ | Monday, October 6, 2008 | Jason Spencer
    Drug-testing proposal gets mixed response State House candidate wants to require it for anyone receiving government assistance By Jason Spencer jason.spencer@shj.com Published: Monday, October 6, 2008 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Monday, October 6, 2008 at 9:06 a.m. Some clapped, some looked confused, some looked downright apprehensive. A couple of women in the back of the room said a heartfelt “amen.” Order a Reprint Weldon DavisBut when state House candidate Weldon Davis announced at a recent county Democratic Party rally that, if elected, he would push legislation to require drug testing on virtually anyone receiving government assistance — aside from...
  • Ack! My childrens' jr. high/ high school is starting Drug Testing! (Vanity)

    08/07/2008 5:43:48 AM PDT · by ozark hilljilly · 209 replies · 298+ views
    me | Ozark Hilljilly
    Folks, I'm so mad I can't see straight and I hope the smarter(than me) people here at FR can advise us on this. At school registration we got a handout informing us about a change to school policy. Starting this school year, any student who wishes to participate in any extra curricular or co-curricular activities must consent to random drug testing! Needless to say I was 'stuned' and speechless. We're not a big metropolitan school district, we're a very small, rural school. This was apparently done during a closed session of the school board's meeting over the summer. As far...
  • Random drug tests at River Dell High School boosted by federal dollars

    06/08/2008 5:42:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 335+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 06.04.08 | ASHLEY KINDERGAN
    River Dell Regional High School was one of three schools statewide to get a grant for its random drug testing program, federal officials said today. The school was awarded $43,100 for the upcoming school year as part of a $5.8 million grant program from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Schools in Hillsborough and Brick also received grants. “It’s another tool to reinforce positive decisions,” said Stephen Schatz, spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “It’s really geared toward treatment.” River Dell Superintendent Patrick Fletcher said the money will fund better testing that...
  • Drug War Goes Crazy, Cyclist Forced to Provide Sample at Son's Cremation

    03/18/2008 9:18:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 888+ views
    AOL Sports ^ | March 18th 2008 | Michael David Smith
    This is Belgian cyclist Kevin van Impe. His wife gave birth prematurely this year, and their son died hours after he was born. Last week van Impe was at a crematorium, making arrangements for his son's funeral, when a drug tester representing cycling's governing body showed up. Van Impe asked whether the tester would be kind enough to give him some space during his grieving process, but the tester would have none of it, telling him it was provide a urine sample immediately or be banned from the sport for two years: "He wouldn't even come back later in the...
  • Court ruling limits employment drug testing

    03/14/2008 10:56:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 679+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/14/8 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A city can't require all job applicants to be tested for narcotics and must instead show why drug use in a particular job would be dangerous, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled against the city of Woodburn, Ore., which argued it was entitled to maintain a drug-free workplace by requiring job candidates to be screened for drugs and alcohol. The city was sued by Janet Lanier, whose job offer as a part-time page at the city library was withdrawn in 2004 when she refused a drug...
  • Urine test for welfare applicants

    05/01/2007 10:19:22 AM PDT · by jamesfreedman · 13 replies · 292+ views
    Political Majority ^ | 05/01/2007 | James Freedman
    Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit. In order to get that paycheck. I am required to pass a random urine test, which I have no problem with. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check, because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please...
  • FLoyd Landis Drug Test Discussion Thread -- Please post links to all articles here.

    07/28/2006 4:49:10 AM PDT · by commish · 169 replies · 2,082+ views
    none ^ | 28 Jul 2006 | Self
    Making a central thread for people to link articles, post comments, discuss, etc -- the Floyd Landis, Tour de France Doping scandal.
  • Human cells on silicon chips mimick human body for drug testing

    05/30/2006 6:04:16 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 2 replies · 521+ views
    newscientist ^ | 27 may 2006
    Dawn of the zombies 27 May 2006 From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. Robin Orwant IT STARTS out like any silicon chip: intricate patterns are drawn with light and etched with acid. But this is no microprocessor destined for a computer. Instead there are minuscule chambers filled with human cells: liver cells, lung cells, fat cells, all connected by tiny channels. A nutrient fluid is pumped through the channels, flowing from one chamber to another just as blood flows from organ to organ in the body. That's the whole point. The chip, created by Michael...
  • More drug tests in schools urged by White House Some parents cite student privacy violations

    03/21/2006 7:17:50 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 17 replies · 403+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 20, 2006 | By Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON -- Student athletes, musicians, and others who participate in after-school activities could increasingly be subject to random drug testing under a program promoted by the Bush administration. White House officials say drug testing is an effective way to keep students away from harmful substances like marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, and have held seminars across the country to promote the practice to local school officials. But some parents, educators, and school officials call it a heavy-handed, ineffective way to discourage drug use that undermines trust and invades students' privacy. ''Our money should be going toward educating young people, not putting...
  • White House pushes more schools to drug-test students

    03/19/2006 4:30:53 PM PST · by Crackingham · 100 replies · 1,774+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/19/6 | Andy Sullivan
    Student athletes, musicians and others who participate in after school activities could increasingly be subject to random drug testing under a program promoted by the Bush administration. White House officials say drug testing is an effective way to keep students away from harmful substances like marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, and have held seminars across the country to promote the practice to local school officials. But some parents, educators and school officials call it a heavy-handed, ineffective way to discourage drug use that undermines trust and invades students' privacy. "Our money should be going toward educating young people, not putting them...
  • National policymaker calls for student drug testing

    02/25/2006 3:35:50 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 89 replies · 758+ views
    NC Times ^ | By: Craig TenBroeck - Staff Writer
    SAN DIEGO ---- Calling student drug use a "national public-health problem," the White House's deputy drug czar told educators Wednesday that random drug testing can be a potent and effective deterrent strategy. Mary Ann Solberg, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, strongly endorsed student screening before a crowd of roughly 150 school and community leaders at a conference on drug testing held at San Diego's Hilton Hotel in Mission Valley. Opponents of student drug testing also attended the conference to ask questions of the speakers and speak with reporters in the hallways. "We see this as...
  • Athletes Who Support President Bush

    09/07/2005 10:12:40 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 22 replies · 915+ views
    (Enter Link Here) Ann Coulter Fan Club, Yahoo Groups ^ | 07 SEPTEMBER 2005 | J. Scott Davis
    Please access the enclosed Ann Coulter link and view list of athletes who support President George W. Bush.
  • Black Police Officers in Boston Sue Department, Alleging Racial Bias in Drug-Related Dismissals

    07/27/2005 11:13:03 AM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 10 replies · 664+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-27-05 1208EDT
    Black Police Officers in Boston Sue Department, Alleging Racial Bias in Drug-Related Dismissals The Associated Press Published: Jul 27, 2005 BOSTON (AP) - Seven black police officers who were fired after failing a drug test that relied on hair samples have sued the police department, alleging the screening method is racially biased. The officers were fired between 2002 and 2004 after they tested positive for cocaine. Members of the force are tested each year. The officers' lawyer, Rheba Rutkowski, who filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court, said the test results can be skewed by the texture of...
  • MP launches drug test machine, tests positive

    06/16/2005 6:56:56 PM PDT · by gd124 · 38 replies · 992+ views
    News.com.au ^ | June 16, 2005 | AFP
    THE efficiency of a high-tech drug-testing machine unveiled in Britain was amply proven when the government minister showing it off tested positive for cannabis. Edwina Hart, social justice minister in the semi-autonomous regional government of Wales, was found to have been in contact with the drug after having a hand swab analysed by the Ion Track narcotics machine. William Graham, a member of the Welsh Assembly, who had arranged for police to demonstrate the machine at the Assembly building, also tested positive for cannabis. However, the politicians were keen to stress that such was the power of the device, positive...
  • Hispanic Baseball Players Failing Steroid Tests at Higher Rate [Not-Their-Fault Alert]

    05/19/2005 7:29:51 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 1,571+ views
    Thursday, May 19, 2005 Latin Americans failing steroid tests at higher rate By Tom Farrey ESPN.com SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – At mention of the word "anabolic," the clerk behind the counter at a GNC store points to a shelf that displays the container of a muscle-building agent – $100 worth of souped-up pills, hope in a bottle to many of her clients. "This is what our baseball players buy," she said. She is referring to Anotesten, the brand name for a product based on a steroid precursor, a chemical that metabolizes into testosterone once it's in the body. The...
  • Drug Test Nation

    02/10/2005 4:25:04 AM PST · by Wolfie · 23 replies · 788+ views
    Reason ^ | Feb. 9, 2005 | Paul Armentano
    Drug Test Nation Get a whiff of the new pot-sniffing technologies, coming to a highway near you One look at the Cozart RapiScan, a self-proclaimed complete "on-site oral fluid drugs of abuse diagnostic system," and it's obvious: This isn't your parents' drug test. Gone are the golden days of the plastic collection cup. The Cozart saliva testing system comes in a spiffy silver suitcase and consists of an oral fluid collection swab, a disposable test cartridge, its own handheld digital computer, and a portable printer "for a permanent record of test results." The official U.S. distributor of the RapiScan, The...
  • Drivers tested for drugs in world first

    12/12/2004 9:15:37 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 869+ views
    The Age ^ | 13 December 2004 | Aussie Dasher
    A world-first random roadside drug testing facility took just 15 minutes to detect its first alleged drugged-driver in Melbourne on Monday. Assistant Commissioner Bob Hastings said police did not know what to expect when they began testing on Monday in Whitehall Street, Yarraville, in Melbourne's inner-west. "We turned out here this morning with the expectation of not quite knowing what to expect really, and it was surprising that so early we got some driver who tested positive," he told reporters. "We will crank this up as we move towards Christmas and focus on those areas where we believe there's high...
  • Pentagon Steps Up Drug Tests Overseas

    12/11/2004 10:18:51 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 7 replies · 377+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP)--The military is increasing drug testing of its forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, in part out of concern that troops will turn to drugs because of the stress of combat, Pentagon officials said Friday. Drug use is low in the military and primarily limited to marijuana, said Mary Beth Long, the deputy assistant defense secretary for counternarcotics. She spoke with the American Forces Press Service, an internal military news service. But concerns about drug use center on Afghanistan, which has become the world's leading provider of opium since the U.S.-led campaign that drove the Taliban from power three...
  • Some Banning High students may face random drug testing

    12/01/2004 9:08:29 PM PST · by Huntress · 15 replies · 454+ views
    KESQ News Channel 3 ^ | 12/01/04 | Unattributed
    Imagine if your kid wanted to tryout for cheerleading, but had to agree to go through random drug testing first. One Riverside County high school is moving closer to that. But not everyone is on board with this idea. Come next year, some students here at this school might be a little more cautious when choosing whether to experiment with drugs. If approved by the school board, Banning High would be the first school in the county to make students who go out for extra curricular activates, like football or band, consent to random drug tests. But besides random drug...
  • CA: Governor vetoes bills on minimum wage, mega-stores, drug testing

    09/18/2004 4:10:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 820+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/18/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Siding with his business allies, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bills Saturday that would have raised the minimum wage to $7.75 an hour and required economic impact reports before local governments approve Wal-Mart-like mega-stores. The Republican governor also turned down legislation that would have limited drug testing of students. He contended the minimum wage and super-store legislation would have hurt the state's economy and said drug testing policies should be left up to school officials. "I cannot support legislation that eliminates the ability of local school districts to make decisions based on the needs and values of their...
  • Students Must Pass Drug Test To Park

    08/28/2004 8:04:05 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 50 replies · 1,989+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 28 August 2004 | Bill Bush
    GROVEPORT MADISON Students must pass drug test to park Saturday, August 28, 2004 Bill Bush THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Before they could park their cars this school year at Groveport Madison High School, students had to urinate in a cup. The new drug-testing program for students who drive to school has some students upset and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio questioning its constitutionality. The measure is to discourage students from driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, school officials say. Previously, only student athletes were tested. "I want people in this community to realize that we have...
  • Time for a Drug Test Registry

    08/12/2004 11:10:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 238+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2004 | Marcia Angell
    Reports that the drug giant GlaxoSmithKline buried evidence that its top-selling antidepressant, Paxil, is not effective in children have stimulated calls for a public registry of company-sponsored research. It's about time. You might imagine that this was an isolated case of corporate misbehavior, but in fact suppressing unfavorable research results is fairly standard practice in the pharmaceutical industry. Before drug companies are allowed to bring a new drug to market, they are required by the Food and Drug Administration to conduct clinical trials to show that the drug is safe and effective. They are supposed to provide the agency with...
  • Family sues over school policy of drug testing:Says it keeps students from participating

    04/18/2004 8:08:54 PM PDT · by writer33 · 103 replies · 458+ views
    Spokesman Review ^ | 04/18/2004 | Associated Press
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- A family is suing the Twin Falls School District over its policy of mandatory drug testing for students in extracurricular activities. Joe and Denise Stanzak, whose daughters Danielle and Anastasia are Twin Falls High School students, contend the policy is too broad and violates students' rights. "The school district has created a policy that causes substantial harms to its students," Joe Stanzak, the family's attorney, argued in filing documents. "The policy discourages from participation in student activities individuals who would otherwise benefit from experiences outside the strictly academic curriculum. "Exclusion of students from these activities will...
  • British schools given powers to carry out random drug tests

    02/23/2004 3:48:35 AM PST · by gd124 · 13 replies · 117+ views
    ABC news online ^ | Monday, February 23, 2004.
    Head teachers in British schools will be given new powers to order pupils to undergo random tests for illegal drugs, Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview with a Sunday newspaper. "If heads believe they have a problem in their school then they should be able to do random drug testing," Mr Blair told the News of the World. Education authorities will be able to take urine samples from pupils and use sniffer dogs to search school grounds for drugs, according the newspaper. "Guidance will be given to head teachers next month which is going to give them specifically...
  • Employees run into unwritten rule of workplace: Urinate on demand

    02/18/2004 10:19:36 AM PST · by conservativefromGa · 71 replies · 564+ views
    Employees run into unwritten rule of workplace: Urinate on demand By ADAM GELLER AP Business Writer Tom Smith worried he was in for trouble on a Wednesday morning last November, when a supervisor pulled the assembly line worker aside and told him to the report to the factory nurse's station. There, with a plastic urine specimen cup in hand, 40 ounces of water sloshing around inside him and the nurse waiting expectantly, Smith says he spent three hours straining to do what most people barely think about. But when the time allotted for the random drug test was finished, the...
  • [NM] Lawmaker: Put Drunk Driving Device In Every Car

    02/06/2004 12:13:26 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 32 replies · 239+ views
    TheNewMexicoChannel.com ^ | January 26, 2004 | TheNewMexicoChannel.com
    In the battle to keep drunk drivers off the streets, few weapons have proven as effective as the Ignition Interlock device. It has been so effective, that one lawmaker wants to put a device in every car in the state. There's no question the device works -- if you're drunk, the Interlock won't let you drive. Supporters like Rep. Ken Martinez say if there's an interlock in every car, no one drives drunk. "Imagine that we technologically prevent someone from driving while drunk because the car just won't start. Imagine how much money would we save," Martinez explained. And lives,...
  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing of Federal Healthcare Employees

    10/28/2003 2:25:19 PM PST · by wastoute · 43 replies · 486+ views
    None, yet | None, yet | None, yet
    O.K. This qualifies as a Vanity, I guess. I haven't done one in years, though, so please humor me. [p]I am a Federal Healthcare Employee who is also a Union Official. I recently was informed that a directive has been sent down from MEDCOM that we were to begin "Implementation and Impact" meetings with management about a NON-NEGOTIABLE requirement to add postions to the "Testing Designated Positions" list as provided by AR 600-85. [p]A little research reveals that AR 600-85 limits designating "Testing Designated Positions" to positions that meet defined criteria. Employees that carry firearms, operate vehicles over 26,000 lbs....
  • White House Drug Czar Recommends Drug Testing in Schools

    10/08/2003 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 190 replies · 273+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2003
    White House Drug Czar Recommends Drug Testing in Schools Boston -- President Bush's drug czar told New England governors Wednesday that drug testing in schools would be an effective way to combat what is a growing problem of drug use among young people, especially in the Northeast. The region's six governors and John Walters, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, met at Faneuil Hall in an anti-drug summit focusing on New England's heroin epidemic. New England has more people ages 12 and over dependent on illegal drugs than any other region of the nation, according to Walters. Heroin...
  • Student drug testing not effective in reducing drug use

    07/05/2003 6:13:50 PM PDT · by Ed_in_NJ · 22 replies · 505+ views
    University of Michigan News Service ^ | 2003/05/19 | Diane Swanbrow
    May 19, 2003 Student drug testing not effective in reducing drug use ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Drug testing of students in schools does not deter drug use, University of Michigan researchers have concluded, based on a large, multi-year national sample of the nation's high schools and middle schools. The findings were reported recently in the Journal of School Health. The research challenges the premise that has been central to the rationale for schools adopting a drug testing policy. The contention that testing is a deterrent to drug use also was an important consideration in a recent split decision by the United States...
  • Tecumseh School Board Votes To Continue Drug Testing Policy

    06/10/2003 9:44:09 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Tecumseh School Board Votes To Continue Drug Testing Policy Policy Upheld By Supreme Court Last Year POSTED: 10:02 a.m. CDT June 10, 2003 TECUMSEH, Okla. -- The Tecumseh school board has voted 3-1 to continue a drug testing policy that survived a U.S. Supreme Court challenge a year ago. The policy calls for random drug tests of middle and high school students who take part in extracurricular activities. Those who refuse the test are not allowed to participate in sports or other activities. The policy was challenged by a former student who was active in band, choir and an...
  • Drug Testing Would Dry Up Demand, Colombia Says (Uribe Proposes Mass Drug Testing For Americans)

    11/24/2002 4:31:43 AM PST · by Wolfie · 26 replies · 361+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 23, 2002
    Drug Testing Would Dry Up Demand, Colombia Says Colombia's president proposed a new front in the global war on drugs: mass drug testing for Americans and Europeans. Reviving the traditional conflict between drug-producing and drug-consuming nations, President Álvaro Uribe said yesterday the tests would dry up demand for drugs that Colombian insurgents sell to finance their decades-old civil war. "We need more serious commitments from the consumer countries," Uribe said at a conference of Spanish and Latin-American attorneys general. He called on "the people in the United States and Europe to submit to a drug test to help us conquer...