Illinois: effort to drug/alcohol test judges reintroduced

Last year 5 states introduced legislation to drug and/or alcohol test judges serving on the bench. Illinois’ version has already been reintroduced for the 2015/2016 cycle.

Under HB 2426 a person may not serve as a judge, or return to service as a judge after testing positive, until they first provide a “clean” drug and alcohol test (“a blood alcohol concentration of less than .02”). For judges currently serving, that means a drug/alcohol test once a year. For those judges who tested positive, it means a mandatory substance abuse program plus drug/alcohol testing 9 times a year for 3 years after returning to service.

HB 2426 has been filed with the House Clerk but not yet assigned to a committee.