Drug Testing Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — 3:54 PM

The first reading of the Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill was completed on a voice vote after Question Time.

This Bill enables the Department of Corrections and the New Zealand Police to require community-based offenders and bailees, if they are subject to conditions prohibiting the use of drugs and alcohol, to undergo drug and alcohol testing to ensure compliance with these conditions.

The Bill was widely supported though the Greens said they would like to see some changes in select committee to ensure their continuing support. Labour’s David Parker wondered whether the bill was necessary as it appeared drug testing could take place under existing law.

The Bill was sent to the Law and Order Committee for consideration.

MPs then began the first reading of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill.

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