11 Sep 2008

American Samoa politicians plan crack down on civil servants using drugs

7:47 pm on 11 September 2008

The House of Representatives in American Samoa has approved legislation requiring elected officials, independent contractors to the government and government employees to submit to drug tests.

It says the purpose of the bill is to secure the public's trust in the delivery of services by leaders and employees.

The legislation would bring in a system of substance abuse screening and testing that aims at eliminating drug use in the workplace.

The speaker of the house Savali Ale says once the bill is implemented, almost all government employees will be subject to the tests.

"The purpose is to secure the safety of all the people seeking employment for the government."

Savali Ale says the only exemption is for workers who, for religious reasons cannot undergo the testing.