Barickman passes legislation to assist in training drug dogs

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jason Barickman(R-Bloomington) has passed legislation that aims to help in the training process of narcotics-sniffing dogs.

“These dogs are a major part of law enforcement operations, and play an important role in keeping our citizens safe from dangerous drug traffickers,” said Sen. Barickman. “This will make it easier for trainers to obtain the materials they need to hone the amazing skills of these canine officers.”

SB1062 amends the Controlled Substance 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 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 the Senate unanimously, and now heads to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.

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