15 Sep 2008

Senate says no to drug testing for MPs and public servants in American Samoa

6:15 am on 15 September 2008

The American Samoa Senate has rejected a House bill that would require applicants, employees, elected officials and independent contractors of the government to submit to drug testing.

Supporters of the measure says the tests will "ensure and enhance the quality of public service and secure the public's trust."

After the vote to reject the bill, Senator Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson said it was a very important bill but no hearing by the Senate Public Safety Committee to discuss and review the measure had been held.

Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga, replied that the vote had been taken and the Senate had made its decision.