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Bill on drug testing at wrecks is signed

May 20, 2008

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Sebelius signs Bixby Bill

Governor Kathleen Sebelius signs a new law aimed at increasing drug and alcohol tests at the scene of traffic accidents. Enlarge video

Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday signed into law legislation aimed at increasing drug and alcohol tests at the scene of traffic accidents.

The measure - House Bill 2617 - was conceived by Dennis and Denise Bixby, of Tonganoxie, whose daughter Amanda, 19, was killed in a Valentine's Day 2007 wreck near Basehor.

Upon hearing of Sebelius' action, Dennis Bixby said he was relieved.

"A lot of people went to a lot of work to do all this," he said. He commended state Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, for introducing the bill.

The measure increases the authority of law enforcement to order a test for drugs or alcohol in a vehicle accident that results in a death or serious injury.

The Bixbys have said the driver responsible for the collision that killed their daughter should have been tested for drug use.

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