House and Senate budget negotiators will decide in the coming weeks whether the [$3 million a year program to test high school student athletes for steroids] continues -- and its scope and pace.
"It's not needed. House members think that we should not do the test at all," said House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie. Pitts will lead House members in their negotiations with Senate counterparts.
A scaled-down program is possible, Pitts said. And that would satisfy Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, who sponsored the steroid-testing legislation two years ago.
He prefers a scaled-down program where random tests for steroid use are given to students who participate in football, track, weight lifting and wrestling, sports in which steroid abuse is most prevalent, as opposed to volleyball, for example.
"No, we don't have a whole lot of people that we caught, but the whole idea was for them not to use it," Flynn said. "It was a fairness and health issue, and we think we raised that level of awareness to a bar where it's been successful."