Legislature overrides governor's veto of ISP zero-tolerance bill

Marijuana (WICS File Photo)

In the past, Illinois law required state troopers that tested positive for marijuana to be fired, but that's not the case anymore.

The Illinois House and Senate both voted to override a veto of a bill, changing the zero-tolerance policy.

Now, the law reads troopers "may" be fired if they fail marijuana drug tests. Before, it said they "shall" be fired.

"There's no reason in the world to single out these two agencies, the only agencies that I know in state government, that have a mandatory dismissal policy for those who fail a random marijuana test," Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, said.

The changes also apply to corrections officers employed at state prisons.

If an employee refuses to take a drug test, the law states that it'll be assumed they test positive.

This law takes effect immediately.

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