Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Cunningham proposes bill requiring steroid tests for high school athletes
Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, filed a bill today that would require all schools to require drug testing, including tests for steroids, for all student athletes in Missouri public schools.
HB 1913, which has Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, among its three sponsors, says, "The board of education of any school district shall adopt a policy, pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the department of elementary and secondary education, for the random testing of the district's students in grades nine to twelve who participate in interscholastic athletics for the unlawful use of controlled substances..."
Students who fail the tests would not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities for the remainder of the academic year and the next year, according to the bill.
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