Florida lawmakers got into the game Thursday as the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform held hearings about steroid use in baseball. The committee revealed an agreement between major league baseball and its players' union to test players for steroids would be suspended immediately if the government conducts an independent investigation into drug use in the sport. Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinan of Miami questioned what Congress could then do.
"You would hope that the players association and all of the entities would take the necessary rules and regulations so that Congress would not have to act and that the recommendations were not what we had hoped that they would be. What role do you see Congress playing in the regulation of steroid use, understanding that the union is such a powerful union - what can we do and how do we fit in to that scenario."
An ABC/ESPN poll finds two-thirds of respondents say baseball isn't doing enough to prevent steroid use. Some 30 percent say the federal government should be responsible for rules regarding steroid use in baseball. A handful of current and former baseball stars were questioned during the day-long hearing.
Friday, 18 March 2005 00:00