Illinois Senate Committee Abruptly Halts Debate On Bill To Protect Workers Who Test Positive For Cannabis

Illinois Senate Committee Abruptly Halts Debate On Bill To Protect Workers Who Test Positive For Cannabis
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An Illinois Senate committee began debate this week on a bill that would protect workers from being fired for using cannabis on their free time. With some exceptions, the measure would prohibit employers from firing workers or discriminating against job applicants merely for testing positive for marijuana use. The House of Representatives already passed a version of the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bob Morgan (D), on a 61–41 vote earlier this month. At a hearing of the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, senators spent about half an hour discussing details of the bill before its Senate sponsor, Sen. Robert Peters (D), abruptly paused the debate. Amid a series of critical questions from Republicans on the panel, Peters announced that he was pulling the bill from the record and would return to it later. “I’m gonna make this easier,” he said in response to a string of hypotheticals about when certain workers could be fired under the bill. “I’m gonna pull this from the record for right now, and I’ll come back.” Peters earlier in the hearing had expressed optimism that the discussion would proceed smoothly. “This is a very negotiated bill,” he said. “I’m very excited for a very simple, nice, pleasant conversation with everybody.” It was not immediately clear following Wednesday’s hearing when the committee might return to the proposal, HB 4116. After the panel adjourned, the bill’s status changed to “postponed” on the state legislature’s website. Neither Peters nor Morgan responded to emails from Marijuana Moment. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.…

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