Coal Miners will be Tested for Drugs

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Coal miners will have to undergo drug screenings under legislation passed by the state Senate this afternoon.

The bills is aimed at improving safety in Kentucky mines by keeping workers who abuse drugs out of underground workplaces.

The bill now goes to Governor Fletcher to be signed into law. Fletcher has been pushing for legislative approval of the measure.

Miners would have to be screened before being hired and would be subject to random tests after they begin work. Workers who test positive would then have their certification revoked.