Sensible drug testing bill receives hearing

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From: Carl William Spitzer IV 
To: Patrick List 
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 6:27 PM
Subject: [patrickcrusade] California: Sensible drug testing bill receives hearing


Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 15:10:15 -0500 
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TO:      California residents*

FROM:    Karen O'Keefe, MPP legislative analyst

DATE:    Saturday, March 27, 2004

SUBJECT: Sensible drug testing bill receives hearing


Isn't it time we stop treating our children as criminals and forcing them to take drug tests without just cause?

A bill in the California Senate, S.B. 1386, would stop suspicionless drug testing of students and put other sensible restrictions on
student drug testing. School officials would need a concrete, written reason to suspect a student before testing him or her. And students
couldn't be singled out for testing based on their race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.

On Tuesday, testimony was taken on S.B. 1386 in the Committee on Education and Health and Human Services. The committee will complete the hearing and vote on the bill on Wednesday, March 31. So this is the perfect time for your legislators to hear from you: Please ask them to support S.B. 1386.

Please take a few moments to visit . After you choose your favorite pre-written letter and type in your address, our site will automatically e-mail your letter to your legislators ... all with the click of a few buttons. The whole process
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S.B. 1386, sponsored by Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Senate District 13), would also prohibit drug testing without a parent's prior written consent. S.B. 1386 recognizes students' right to privacy, and it would prevent wasteful and ineffective spending on random drug tests. For the full text of the bill, see .

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