West Virginia is expanding the ranks of state employees who must submit to drug tests before they are hired.
Governor Manchin is signing an order today requiring all executive branch agencies to screen applicants for drugs.
Manchin's executive order applies to full- and part-time employees as well as independent contractors and volunteers.
The State Police already test new hires for drugs. So do the Corrections, Protective Services and Juvenile Services divisions.
To comply with state and federal law, all drug test results will remain confidential and cannot be used for law-enforcement purposes.
Manchin first touted the initiative in this year's State of the State speech to the Legislature.