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New Jersey Senate OKs expanded steroid testing of student athletes

Posted at 8:24 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 08:24:36-05

TRENTON, N.J. — Legislation that would expand steroid testing and education in New Jersey high schools has been passed by the state senate.

The measure now heads to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for his consideration. It was approved by the Assembly last September.

The bill approved Monday by a 37-0 vote builds upon the recommendations of a state task force. It expands the state’s existing random steroid-testing program beyond just those athletes who qualify for playoffs.

The bill requires state education officials and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, which governs high school sports in the state, to jointly develop and implement a random steroid-testing program of student-athletes by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in September.

New Jersey was the first state in the country to institute a steroid-testing policy for high school athletes. Under New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association guidelines, student athletes and their parents or guardians are required to consent, in writing, to random testing.

PIX11’s Aliza Chasan contributed to this report.