5 in D.C. favor drug-screen bills
WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, most of the Arkansas congressional delegation sponsored legislation aimed to improve road and highway safety by changing what is allowed in the pre-employment drug screening process for the commercial trucking industry.
U.S. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced the Senate version. The House members from Arkansas -- Rick Crawford of Jonesboro, Steve Womack from Rogers, French Hill of Little Rock and Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs are among the co-sponsors. All four are Republicans.
The bills would allow the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to urinalysis, currently the only accepted method of drug testing commercial truckers.