10 Aug 2006

Palau to introduce mandatory drugs tests for elected officials and police

10:11 am on 10 August 2006

Palau's Senate has passed a bill that requires all elected and appointed officials as well as law enforcement officers to undergo drug tests.

The legislation was passed unanimously..

According to the bill, within 90 days after its effective date, the minister of justice in cooperation with the minister of health, shall establish rules and regulations for the random testing of officials identified in the legislation.

The bill provides that all elected officials and law enforcement officers could be subject to random drug tests at least twice every year.

The bill would also require candidates for an elective office as well as nominees for appoined posts to undergo drug tests.

The bill now goes to the House of Delegates for review.