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Voters reject random drug testing for California doctors

Worker drug testing has become common practice among U.S. employers. But rarely does it apply to licensed professionals. If California's Proposition 46 had been approved in the November 2014 elections, its requirement for random drug testing of physicians would have been a first in American history.

The unusual initiative sought to make numerous changes to the medical system in the state by increasing the cap on non-economic damages in negligence lawsuits from $250,000 to over $1 million—and requiring drug and alcohol testing of doctors as well. But after insurance companies funneled millions of dollars into . . .

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