So much for establishing a long-lasting deterrent. Less than three years after the start of state-wide steroid testing in Texas, the acclaimed $6 million program that threatens to test any public school athlete in the state is on the chopping block, with many expecting it to be a casualty of the state's $15 billion budget shortfall.
According to the Associated Press, the current draft budget before the state's House of Representatives eliminates the program, while a draft budget in the state Senate maintains its funding. Most reportedly expect the House budget to prevail, eliminating a program that critics say became far too limited by budget cuts within a year of its inception.
In 2008, Texas followed the lead of New Jersey and Illinois in adopting a state-wide steroids testing program. The policy established strict punishment for positive tests, and made any athletes -- from freshman field hockey players to senior offensive linemen -- eligible for random testing.
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