A simple change in statute will allow certain state workers to receive required drug and alcohol testing from the federal government rather than the state.
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Rosenthal (DFL-Edina) and Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo), a new law extends an exemption on drug and alcohol testing currently applied to local governments to include the state as well. The change will allow state-employed drivers with commercial licenses to be covered by federal regulations instead of state regulations.
“This relieves the pressure on our administration, and also keeps in place appeal processes for employees,” Rosenthal said.
The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2009.
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