Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Boston Herald Reports: Pol calls for lab worker drug tests

A story in today’s Boston Herald by reporter Chris Cassidy contains information regarding a bill that I filed with the Senate Republican Caucus that would create a forensic services drug laboratory oversight board within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. In light of the recent arrest of biochemist Sonja Farak, I have decided to add a provision to the legislation requiring random drug screenings of individuals who work in our crime laboratories.

Chris’ report quotes me as saying “We have the integrity of the criminal justice system at stake,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), who will add the provision to a drug-lab bill filed last week. “I don’t think it’s an extraordinary measure to require testing in this environment, where precision and accountability are important.”

To read the article in its entirety, please click here to visit the Boston Herald’s website.