The legislation, House Bill 806, makes it illegal for individuals to knowingly purchase pseudoephedrine or ephedrine on behalf of convicted meth manufacturers. Senators voted 57-0 today to send HB 806 to the governor's desk.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the proposal and worked with the Attorney General's office on the legislation.
"Meth has destroyed countless families and lives across our communities, this legislation will help stem the production of this devastating drug," Sullivan said. "By allowing law enforcement to crack down on individuals who traffic these precursors, we can further limit meth production."
Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this legislation is necessary because under current law, convicted meth manufacturers are banned from purchasing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine and, as a result, meth cooks often turn to "pill shoppers" to buy pills on their behalf.
"The bill gives law enforcement a necessary tool to prosecute 'pill shoppers' who are paid to evade the laws that are designed to prevent convicted meth cooks from accessing pseudoephedrine to manufacture this deadly drug," Madigan said.
The legislation strengthens the "pill shopping" violation, making it a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent conviction.
Madigan stressed that the law will not impact lawful buyers of pseudoephedrine. They will still be able to obtain pseudoephedrine-based medications within the current limits set by Illinois law.