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Houston introduces steroid testing bill

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 at 11:30 am in California Legislature.

GOP Assemblyman Guy Houston of San Ramon introduced legislation today that will require schools to test high school athletes randomly for the use of illegal steroids.

Current law only requires that an athlete sign a pledge to not use anabolic steroids or certain dietary supplements.

“Recent scandals have underscored that substance abuse continues to be a major problem among professional athletes. We need to combat any perception among our student athletes that it is okay to use these drugs,” Houston said in a press release.

AB 1319 would require that ten percent of high schools be randomly selected for testing at four different times per school year. At each selected school, ten percent of the student athletes will be randomly selected for testing.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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