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County May Expand Drug Testing

January 22, 1997

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to study expanding its drug testing program to include a larger number of prospective county employees.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich called for the study after a Jan. 6 California Supreme Court ruling upheld the right of public agencies to administer drug tests to prospective employees.

Los Angeles County currently tests about 1,600 new employees each year--nearly three-quarters of whom are Sheriff's Department deputies, officials said.

The county's director of personnel, Michael J. Henry, said the county would probably expand its policy to include "those who work around kids or who have some law enforcement responsibilities," such as some of the employees in the Probation Department and the Department of Children and Family Services.

Henry will report back to the board in 60 days.

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