Random Drug-Testing for City Elected Officials Hits a Snag

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- During that same city council meeting, the mayor spoke on the drug testing policy.

City council brought up the issue of implementing random drug testing for elected officials in their last meeting. However, Councilman Roque Vela explained that since state law exempts elected officials from random drug testing council members would have to volunteer to be part of the policy. That means the policy, if passed, would conflict with state law. The mayor says he feels it would have helped establish transparency. "I think it's necessary. I think the people of this community expect transparency, and I think they expect their leaders to succumb to take this drug test randomly. We have over 2,000 employees that are subject to this, so certainly we ought to be at the front of the line."

Councilman Roque Vela went on to volunteer for the random drug testing. He along with Councilwoman Cindy Liendo co-sponsored this item placed on the agenda by the mayor.

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