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December 20, 1988
A federal judge in San Francisco blocked a Reagan Administration plan to require random drug testing of 3 million interstate truck drivers nationwide. The Transportation Department had ordered testing to begin Wednesday for the truckers and more than 1 million other private employees in the rail, airline and maritime industries. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a temporary restraining order against random drug testing of truckers and interstate bus drivers.
December 7, 1986
Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III said the Reagan Administration does not seek large-scale drug testing in the workplace but regards the exams as a way to help drug abusers. At a Las Vegas forum sponsored by the American Medical Assn., Meese said Congress and news media took an interest in fighting drugs only after the cocaine death of basketball player Len Bias. Meese said of the tests of certain federal employees: "It is one step that can be used to prevent and cure drug abuse.
August 23, 1990
An alcohol and drug testing policy for city employees was approved Tuesday by the City Council, over objections of the police and firefighters' associations. Starting immediately, city employees will be required to undergo a urine or blood test if a manager or supervisor suspects they have been using drugs or alcohol on city property. The council approved the measure, 4 to 0, with Councilman Charles Gilb absent. K.J. Crawford, vice president of the Arcadia Firefighters Assn.
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.
January 31, 1986
The Baltimore Orioles, expressing concern over baseball's tarnished image, announced Thursday the formation of the game's first voluntary drug-testing program. Acting individually, 26 of the 38 players on Baltimore's spring training roster have already agreed to take part in the one-year pilot program, or were already subject to similar arrangements through contract clauses or minor league testing. The remaining 12 have not yet been contacted.
August 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a school district's policy of requiring drug tests not only of athletes but also of students who take part in such activities as the debate team, the choir and the marching band. The ACLU said the lawsuit is the first in the nation to challenge mandatory testing of students who participate in extracurricular activities that are tied to their courses during the regular school day.
September 11, 1986
City Council members submitted specimens for urinalysis Monday night, the first Southeast area city council to undergo voluntary drug testing. Council members, photographers and city officials crowded into a small room behind the council chambers while a laboratory manager from Bellflower Doctors Hospital distributed specimen containers.
January 7, 1987 | Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the NCAA, charging that its drug testing of student athletes is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. The ACLU filed the suit in Santa Clara Superior Court on behalf of the captain of the Stanford women's diving team, Simon LeVant, who was barred from all diving events because she refused to consent to urinalysis testing.
August 8, 1986
The Cincinnati Bengals, without a single refusal, submitted to voluntary drug testing Thursday, but the Chicago Bears refused a request from management that they be tested, a move that temporarily threatened the team's exhibition game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tight end M.L. Harris, the Bengals' player representative, said the players had voted to permit the tests, which were administered Wednesday at the team's training camp in Wilmington, Ohio.
June 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge today prohibited the Reagan Administration from beginning random drug testing of all 13,000 federal prison employees, saying no justification had been shown for the testing of "innocent, law-abiding and wholly competent" workers. Senior U.S. District Judge Stanley Weigel, who had issued a temporary restraining order against the prison testing program May 20, three days before it was scheduled to start, handed down a preliminary injunction today.
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