Randolph County Commissioners discuss state legislative updates

Legislative updates was one of the biggest topics of discussion at the April 18 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

During the public comment part of the meeting, Commissioner Ronnie White noted that he had attended a legislative conference in Springfield recently. He added that the main topics were the state’s new $15 per hour minimum wage and the proposed new marijuana laws.

Commissioner Marc Kiehna added that they have written to both State Representative Jerry Costello and State Senator Paul Schimpf, whom are both opposed to legalizing recreational cannabis, lobbying them to slow down the legalization process.

“Don’t rush it,” Kiehna said. “I know the state is in debt, but let’s protect our youngest and our citizens with mental issues.”

He also suggested that there needs to be a plan for record keeping so the state can accurately keep track and stay on top of the matter.

White pointed out that if Illinois does pass legislation to make recreational cannabis legal, it would be the first state to do so legislatively – all the states where it is currently legal have done so by vote. He also noted that if the legislation doesn’t pass, Governor JB Pritzker would have to rework his capital bill that is counting on the revenues from the sale of cannabis.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.