Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) aimed at clearing up issues with the process of training drug-sniffing dogs.
“This law will ensure that dog trainers are able to legally obtain controlled substances for training drug-sniffing dogs,” said Sen. Barickman. “These dogs perform vital missions for law enforcement; it’s imperative that we make sure they can be properly trained.”
SB1062 amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow trainers and handlers to obtain a license to possess controlled substances for training purposes. The legislation was requested by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation because the CSA did not contain clear authority for the department to offer the licenses.
The measure also cleans up CSA language regarding an exemption to licensure requirements for medical residents who hold a temporary license under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
The legislation passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly with unanimous support.