Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout the state is being revised to gain more bipartisan support in an effort to secure a veto-proof majority.
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans introduced the bills last year, but the Chicago Democrats are rewriting some aspects to make the legislation more attractive to Republican counterparts.
East Dundee Republican state Rep. Allen Skillicorn has endorsed Cassidy’s bill and signed on as a co-sponsor, arguing recreational use could be an economic boon for parts of the state that are suffering financially. State Sen. Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, has co-sponsored Steans’ bill.
Cassidy and Skillicorn met Friday with the Daily Herald editorial board to discuss the legislation.
Cassidy said having Republican support for the legislation would help get the law implemented this year because Gov. Bruce Rauner has signaled he would veto such a bill. Democrats have a veto-proof majority in the Senate, but they would need at least five Republicans in the House to override a gubernatorial veto even if every Democrat supported the bill.