LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - In a few weeks, all drug tests taken by parolees and others under the supervision of the Lafayette Parish correctional system will be done by Sheriff's Office employees. Rob Reardon, director of corrections for the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, tells The Advocate it's a shift away... more »
Students in Lafayette Parish public schools could be drug tested as soon as next year.
Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said the drug tests would be voluntary, by parents' choice, free, and confidential. There would also be no punishment for students who test positive.
"It's non-punitive, if you get... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new state lawmaker is reviving an annual debate over whether Louisiana should mandate drug testing for welfare recipients. Rep. Sherman Mack, a Republican from Livingston beginning his first term in office, has proposed the measure for the legislative session that begins March 12. Mack's... more »
CENTRAL, La. (AP) - The Central Community School Board has voted unanimously to temporarily suspend drug testing at the middle and high schools until a new policy using hair samples is further evaluated by a committee. Monday night's decision followed concerns brought to the board by a Central High School... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill requiring drug testing of welfare recipients is nearing final legislative passage after narrowly winning approval in a Senate committee Wednesday. Members of a Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 to advance Rep. John LaBruzzo's bill to the full Senate for debate, after a political... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House supports mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. The House voted 61-27 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Metairie Republican who has tried repeatedly to get the measure passed in the Legislature. The bill heads next to the Senate for... more »
Lawmakers in Baton Rouge are considering a bill that could require some on welfare to take a drug test before collecting benefits. Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, is behind House Bill 611 , which would mandate that people who receive benefits from the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, known as FITAP,... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to require drug testing of welfare recipients is headed to review by the same House committee that rejected the idea last year. The House Health and Welfare Committee refused Wednesday to vote on the bill and instead suggested it should be sent to... more »