The bill would also allow drug testing for cause and would require all new school district employees to undergo drug tests.
HB 1803, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-St. Charles County, includes the following language:
1. 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 and for-cause testing of the school district's teachers and other employees, and for the testing of potential new employees as a condition of employment, for the unlawful use of controlled substances, as that term is defined in section 195.010.
2. Any teacher or other employee who tests positive for unlawful use of a controlled substance shall be immediately terminated from employment with the district.
In addition to Mrs. Ruestman, other legislators co-sponsoring the bill are Timothy Jones, R-Eureka; Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peter's,; Brian Nieves, R-Washington; Scott Dieckhaus, R-Washington; Don Wells, R-Cabool; Will Krauss, R- Lee's Summit; Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City; Curt Dougherty, D-Independence; and Andrew Koenig, R-Winchester.