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No Random Drug Tests for Police Officers

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The deadline for bills to make it into this state legislative session just passed, and the bill for random drug testing for our police officers didn't make it.

The bill would allow citizens to vote on whether or not they want random drug testing for police officers in their communities.

Chief Sam Granato of the Yakima Police Department met with lawmakers in Olympia to discuss the bill.

He says it was introduced way too late.

"The committee chairman had some 90 bills that he had to hear and he said there was no one pounding on his door to get this bill heard, but he understands the issue and he is interested in discussing the issue more to see what role if any the legislature should play in it," said Granato.

The Chief says the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs is forming a committee to discuss the issue and meet with police unions about the bill.

They hope to get something put forward in the next legislative session.