Lawmakers Pass Steroids Testing for Texas High Schools

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Texas public high school athletes could soon face mandatory random steroid testing.

A bill received final approval yesterday by the Legislature and was sent to Governor Rick Perry.

The state could begin testing tens of thousands of students at the start of the coming football season. It would be the largest high school steroids testing program in the country.

The Governor has not expressed any opposition to the bill.

Steroid testing has been a major component of Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's campaign to protect children. Athletes who test positive, or refuse to be tested, could be suspended from play. Athletes in all sports, from football to wrestling to tennis, could be tested.