Five interim hearings were held in the following locations: Orange County - October 7th; San Francisco - October 14th; Los Angeles - October 16th; Sacramento - October 27th; and San Diego - October 28th.
The constitutionality and legal implications, testing technology, and programs and policies of drug testing were the three key areas which the committees examined and heard testimony on from experts throuqhout the State. The following are only a few of the questions for which we hoped to receive answers: What is the appropriate balance between the employer's right to ensure for himself or herself, as well as their employees, a drug-free work environment, and how is this balanced against the employee's right of privacy? How do we ensure appropriate and adequate legal protections for both the employer as well as the employee, so that no one is flying blind? How can we encourage the utilization of employment assistance programs for treatment and rehabilitation? Under what conditions should random testing be permitted, and should the State preempt local government ordinances in this area? The following transcripts of the hearing give many opinions and viewpoints from all sides of the issue. The testimony provides vital information which the Legislature will be able to use in the coming session when formulating sensible public policy in the area of drug testing in the workplace.
Select Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, "Interim Hearing on Drug Testing in the Workplace - Volume I" (1986). California Joint Committees. 24.