AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has voted to scrap the state’s high school steroids testing program after more than 60,000 tests caught just a handful of cheaters since 2007.
Texas has spent more than $10 million since launching the program. But the high cost, extremely low rate of catching steroids users and criticism of testing methods has prompted lawmakers to abandon an effort once praised as a leader for the country.
The bill headed to the House on Monday for consideration before the June 1 end of session. Lawmakers are also separately looking to strip out all funding for the program. If Texas dumps its program, New Jersey and Illinois will have the only statewide high school steroids testing programs in the U.S.