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Random drug tests may be permitted

    A bill that would permit random testing of workers for drug or alcohol use was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Derryl McLaren, R-Farragut.
    McLaren's action is significant because he's one of just three Republicans whose defections from the party line last year prevented passage of business-backed legislation to increase employers' testing authority.
    "I'm trying to break the logjam, and do something pragmatic," McLaren said.
    Whether McLaren's action prompts the Senate to re-open the drug testing debate is unclear because his bill contains restrictions that business lobbyists have resisted.  Among them is a provision prohibiting the use of blood as a testing medium.  Blood may reveal genetic weaknesses that could lead to future discrimination in employment or insurance coverage, McLaren said.


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"That bill was
written to protect
drug users in the

- Sen. Steve King, R-Kiron
On the 1987 Iowa law setting
the rules for drug- and alcohol-
testing in the workplace.

The Des Moines Register
Wednesday, February 18, 1998, Page 5M

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