|Updated: 11/06/2011 11:18 pm
||Published: 11/06/2011 4:32 pm
PINE BLUFF, AR -- Random alcohol and drug tests could be on the way to Pine Bluff. Alderman Steven Mays is pushing the ordinance that would affect all city employees.
"First of all this is not a shot at anyone at city hall about the random drug testing. I'm trying to raise the standard for Pine Bluff and the State of Arkansas," said Mays.
But Mays' plan has one problem. The city's human resource director cites an Arkansas Municipal League recommendation concerning a drug free workplace. The document states the Fourth Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits random drug testing of any employee or official.
Public safety employees are the only people on the city's payroll who can face any tests. But Mays says he will move forward with his plans and details how it will work if it passes.
"We're going to put everyone's name in a bowl or pool and then pull names once a month to keep people forward and honest," said Mays.
The ordinance would also encourage, but not require, city leaders to be tested. The council meets Monday night at 5:30.