Senate Passes Bill Requiring HHS to Explain Delays in Hair-Testing Guidelines

Recent legislation passed by the Senate would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an explanation for a 21-month delay in issuing mandatory federal hair testing guidelines for safety-sensitive transportation employees. Introduced in May, the bill also would require HHS to report progress on hair testing within 30 days of passage and lay out a schedule. Introduced by Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the hair testing provision aims to provide opioid disorder prevention, recovery and treatment.

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