This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 21. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .
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Bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 21
Surplus Property (SB 60): Grants the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) and agency heads more flexibility in determining if a property is surplus. Grants CMS the ability to sell surplus properties at less than their fair-market value – under certain circumstances. Also permits CMS to sell surplus properties via an electronic auction.
Student Aid Forms (SB 63): Requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to ensure that every youth in care entering their final year of high school has completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form or a State financial aid form between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 of that year. Requires DCFS to assist youth in identifying and obtaining all documents necessary to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.
Privileged Communications (SB 64): Creates certain privileges that would make communications during restorative justice practices inadmissible in any civil, juvenile, criminal, or administrative proceeding.
Installment Sales Contract (SB 71): Amends the Code of Civil Procedure to clarify that installment sales contracts for residential real property will be subject to foreclosure, not eviction, where the amount unpaid at the time of filing the foreclosure complaint is less than 80 percent of the original purchase price of the real estate.
Competitive Bidding (SB 85): Requires that any procurement by an FPD board involving improvements to real estate costing more than $20,000 must go through competitive bidding whether the building was directly bought or by beneficial ownership (such as a lease).
Medicaid Eligibility (SB 100): Requires a person who uses spend-down to qualify for Medicaid to be provided up to six consecutive months to submit and have medical receipts and have bills processed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services as evidence of payment of the person’s monthly spend-down amount before becoming ineligible.
Course Materials Study (SB 101): Creates the College Course Materials and Equitable Access Task Force, which is tasked with issuing a report to the Governor, the General Assembly and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). ISAC shall provide administrative support.
Contagious Disease Hospitals (SB 102): Repeals the City and Village Tuberculosis Sanitariums Division, and the Contagious Disease Hospitals Division of the Illinois Municipal Code.
DCFS Annual Reports (SB 106): Requires additional information in Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Youth in Care Annual Reports. Requires DCFS to post the annual report on its Web site.
Health Care Surrogate (SB 109): Clarifies that emergency responders and other health care personnel are to follow a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form that has been executed by a patient and to clarify when a health care surrogate can void or revoke a POLST form.
Infrastructure Development Act (SB 117): Allows the Illinois Treasurer to make investments from the Treasure’s State investment portfolio, concerning the Infrastructure Development Account.
Hayli’s Law (SB 119): Prohibits the Illinois Department of Public Health or local health departments or districts from regulating lemonade or non-alcoholic drink stands operated by a person younger than age 16.
Medical Respirator Evaluation (SB 121): Allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration respirator form to be filled out by a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or paramedic.
Sheriff Sale (SB 135): Provides that a county sheriff shall enter upon his/her duties on the Dec. 1 following the election, rather than the first day of the month where the office is required to be open following his or her election.
Education Stipend Program (SB 136): Requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to establish the Child Welfare Education Stipend Pilot Program.
Marriage Certificates (SB 139): Adds a provision to allow a person to change or remove gender identifying language on a marriage certificate.
River Edge Income Tax Credit Extension (SB 157): Extends the income tax credit for expenditures incurred in the restoration and preservation of a qualified historic structure located in a River Edge Redevelopment Zone for an additional five years to Jan. 1, 2027, (currently set to expire Jan. 1, 2022).
Higher Ed Savings Program (SB 166): Establishes the Illinois Higher Education Savings Program as a part of the College Savings Pool, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.
Downstate Fire Pension (SB 167): Provides that a downstate a person who becomes a firefighter after Dec. 31, 2010, may transfer pension credit between employers. A firefighter must notify a new employer, all previous employers under this article, and the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance of intent to receive benefits and make the required contributions with applicable interest.
CMS Reports (SB 189): Eliminates the requirement that the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) file an annual “Report on Reports” that details agency expenditures on the printing of reports. Clarifies language in the Food Donation Report related to the donation of food leftovers under agency contracts.
Higher Education Housing (SB 190): Provides that each institution of higher education shall designate at least one staff member to serve as a liaison to assist homeless students enrolled at their institution. After three academic years, if data submitted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education indicates the number of students in care exceeds two percent of the student body of the institution, the institution must create a position whose primary function is to carry out the responsibilities of a liaison.
Remote Prescription Processing (SB 194): Allows a student pharmacist or licensed pharmacy technician engaged in remote prescription processing of dialysate or devices necessary to perform home peritoneal renal dialysis at a licensed pharmacy shall be permitted to access an employer pharmacy’s database from their home or other remote location while under the supervision of a pharmacist.
Landscape Architecture (SB 214): Creates the Landscape Architecture Registration Act. Provides that no person may hold themselves out as a registered landscape architect without being registered by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Establishes qualifications and procedures for registration. Provides that the Act is repealed on Jan. 1, 2032.
Innovation, Automation, and Structural Pilot Program (SB 252): Creates the Innovation, Automation, and Structural Pilot Program to be administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Program goals are to promote innovation through the combined application of technology, artificial intelligence, automation, and distributive generation; and to support economic development projects in Illinois that offer the unique on-site distribution of the above mentioned goal, against a commercial and industrial market.
Foreclosure (SB 255): Amends the Mortgage Foreclosure Law of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to provide that the order confirming the foreclosure sale may approve the mortgagee’s fees and costs incurred on or after the date of execution of an affidavit of indebtedness and prior to the judgment but not included in the judgment.
Energy Assistance Program (SB 265): Stops fund sweeps and doubles fees on utility bills for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) energy assistance program (48 cents to 96 cents per month). States that the program cannot reject families based on immigration status.
Student Data (SB 267): Provides that the Illinois Board of Higher Education, in consultation with the Illinois Community College Board, public institutions of higher education, and advocates, shall prepare a question or questions to be placed on one or more forms that are used by an institution on an annual basis to collect demographic data from its students for the purpose of determining the parental status or legal guardian status of each of its enrolled students.
Mandatory Arbitration (SB 277): Allows the Supreme Court to provide for mandatory arbitration of civil actions as the Court deems appropriate in order to expedite in a less costly manner any litigation wherein a party asserts a claim not exceeding $75,000 (rather than $50,000) or any lesser amount authorized by the Supreme Court.
TIF Extension (SB 280): Extends a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the City of Ottawa from 23 to 35 years. The TIF district was created by the City in 1999.
Poverty Elimination Commission (SB 295): Provides that the Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security shall have two members of the judiciary (rather than a member of the judiciary or a designee) who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Mead (SB 297): Allows for self-distribution and sale of Mead.
Occupation Disease Benefit (SB 307): Allows retired Chicago firefighters to be eligible for a disease benefit in lieu of their annuity payment if they:
- have not reached age of compulsory retirement (63);
- have not been receiving an annuity for more than five years;
- have a condition that would have qualified the retired fireman for the annuity has they still been working.
DCFS Cleanup (SB 315): Clarifies professional requirements for members wanting to serve on the Illinois Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) License Board. States that DCFS must respond to requests from the public about its post-placement and post-adoption support services no later than one business day (currently, 24 hours) after receiving the request.
Advanced Payment (SB 321): Provides that for grants to local governments for parks and recreation, under Open Space Lands Acquisition Act, an advance payment of minimum 50 percent of a grant must be made to the local government at the time the grant is awarded.
Court Security (SB 337): Allows the Office of Marshal for the Supreme Court to also employ court security officers. They must have the same training as Marshals. They will have same arrest powers as a court security officer hired by a county sheriff.
Unclaimed Property (SB 338): Makes several changes to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Authorizes data matching with the Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections for unclaimed property of $2,000 or less to facilitate the payment of such claims. Expands coverage of U.S. Savings Bonds to include matured, unredeemed savings bonds not physically in the possession of the State Treasurer’s Office. Makes other changes.
Medicaid Dental Package (SB 346): Establishes a three-part Medicaid Dental Package. Provides for reimbursement rate increases for specified dental procedures for adults. Requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to administer and regulate a school-based dental program that allows for the out-of-office delivery of preventive dental services in a school setting to children younger than 19. Requires Medicaid coverage for dental charges incurred, and anesthetics provided, in conjunction with dental care provided for persons with disabilities.
Emerging Manager Contract (SB 460): Provides that all contracts for investments services are to be awarded by the Illinois State Board of Investment using a competitive process similar to what is present in the Procurement Code for professional and artistic services. However, emerging investment managers are to be exempt from specified requirements such as net assets of $5,000,000 or more and other financial/market related parameters.
Dental Disorder Coverage (SB 499): Amends the State Employees Group Health Insurance Act of 1971 to mandate coverage for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder and craniomandibular disorder. The coverage will be optional and provided for at an additional premium.
Township Names (SB 501): Requires the Secretary of State to inform the county clerk if he/she finds two or more townships in a county with the same name. The county board must then adopt a different name for one of the townships. No longer requires the Secretary of State to address situations where different township names are the same among different counties.
State Flag Presentation (SB 505): Provides that members of the Illinois National Guard shall have a State flag presented to their next of kin upon their death. Requires that the National Guard member be serving in an Active Status with either the State or federal activation codes.
Survivor Support (SB 506): Removes the expiration date of the Survivor Support and Trafficking Prevention Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Eligible people under this Act and their family members receive cash assistance provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the benefits provided under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Public Utilities (SB 515): Allows smaller private water companies to bid and purchase city water systems if the city agrees to the buyout (private water with 15,000 customers). Changes current law referred to as the American Water utility law in which large utilities pay cash to small city-owned water systems because of the poor financial health of the water system.
Firefighter Raffles (SB 521): Authorizes fire protection agencies and fire protection associations to obtain raffle licenses.
ABLE Account Program (SB 539): Amends the State Treasurer Act regarding the ABLE (Achieving Better Life Experience) account program. Allows for funds remaining in an ABLE account to be transferred pursuant to a payable on death account agreement executed by the designated beneficiary or designated representative.
Holocaust and Genocide Commission (SB 544): Extends the repeal date of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission Act by 10 years from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2032. The Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission promotes and provides guidance on Holocaust and genocide education and commemoration across the state.
Private Detective (SB 548): Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Makes changes relating to training requirements for: Private detectives and employees; Alarm contractors and employees; Private security contractors and employees; Firearm control card; and Armed proprietary security force. Also amends the Criminal Code to reflect the updated training requirements.
Muhammad Ali Birthday (SB 564): Adds Jan. 17 (the birthday of Muhammad Ali) to the list of commemorative holidays. Provides that the teaching of history of the United States shall include the study of the contributions made by Muslims and Muslim Americans to society.
Unused Medication (SB 579): Allows hospital patients, particularly those who had eye surgery, to be offered the unused portion of the eye drops that they were prescribed in the hospital for use at home.
Comptroller Reporting Expansion (SB 581): Replaces the Governor with the Comptroller to perform specified duties concerning the designation of organizations qualified to receive payroll deductions. Removes provision requiring the Illinois Department of Central Management Services to transmit a certified copy of all reports to the Comptroller. Requires specified information under the Vendor Payment Program to be disclosed on Aug. 1, instead of July 1, for previous fiscal year. Provides that the Comptroller make available, on the Office’s Web site, a “fiscal responsibility report card.”
Court Clerks (SB 583): Specifies that receipts, obligations, and use of public funds by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County are public records subject to public inspection. Specifies that clerks of court shall, rather than may, accept credit card payment over the Internet for fines, penalties, and court costs. For purposes of calculating community service toward the payment of a court assessment, one hour of community service shall be worth $10 (currently, $4).
Municipal Disposal Container (SB 590): Requires facilities under county or municipal control to have a container where unwanted pharmaceuticals and “sharps” can be disposed.
Address Confidentiality Program (SB 593): Allows victims of human trafficking to apply for the Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence Act.
Foreclosure Notice (SB 595): Provides that in mortgage foreclosure actions, the plaintiff or their attorney shall send a copy of the publication to each defendant (currently, Clerk of the Court).
Credit Accumulation (SB 603): Provides that for Chicago firefighters, a future entrant not subject to the mandatory retirement age (63), the annuity is fixed at the age of withdrawal from service.
Absence, Truancy Policy (SB 605): Requires that each school district, charter school, or alternative school or any school receiving public funds develop an absenteeism and truancy policy to be communicated to students and their parent or guardian on an annual basis.
Land Transfer (SB 622): Lists properties that are part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s annual land conveyance bill.
Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission (SB 632): Extends the expiration date of the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission to Jan. 1, 2023. The Senate President and House Speaker each appoint four members, and the Senate and House minority leaders each appoint three members.
Condo Bylaws (SB 636): States that Condominium Bylaws may require that a majority of board members must be unit owners that live on the property as primary residents.
Illinois Procurement Code (SB 640): Provides that no procurement contract for the construction, alteration, operation, repair, maintenance, or improvement of any mass transit facility, or equipment thereof, in excess of $1,000,000 shall be awarded to or executed with any vendor that receives support from a nonmarket economy country, as defined under specified federal law.
Higher Ed Veterans Service (SB 641): Requires colleges and universities currently required to have a Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services to advertise the office location, phone number, and electronic contact information and a short description of what services the Coordinator might be able to provide on the school’s website and social media accounts. Adds requirement to report to the Board of Higher Education the efforts the school is making to attract, recruit, and retain veterans and military personnel.
Clerk of Court (SB 642): Allows the Clerk of Court to accept payment of fines, penalties, or costs by certified check.
Employee Sick Leave (SB 645): Amends the Employee Sick Leave Act, and exempts airline employees subject to Title II of the Railway Labor Act from this Act.
Juvenile Court (SB 651): Sets timelines in statute governing how long a court can take to transfer, and receive, a child protection case moving from one county court to another.
Temporary Driver’s License (SB 676): Allows the Illinois Secretary of State to issue additional temporary driver’s licenses to an applicant as are necessary to allow the applicant to drive during the length of the investigation. Additional temporary driver’s licenses are not to exceed 90 days each.
Veteran-Owned Businesses (SB 687): Requires the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to submit a report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). Requires CMS to perform outreach at least twice annually to VOSB and SDVOSB informing them of procurement and certification opportunities. Requires CMS to assist VOSB and SDVOSB with certification, bidding on state contracts, and creating business goals.
Quincy Veterans’ Home (SB 1539): Clarifies the existing statute to ensure that certain design-build contracts entered into under the Quincy Veterans’ Home Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Act and executed prior to the repeal of that Act, do not expire. Extends the automatic repeal of the section allowing for these contracts from July 2021 to July 2023.
Disabled Police/Firefighter Homestead Exemption (SB 1572): Creates a $5,000 homestead Property Tax Homestead Exemption for police/firefighters disabled in the line of duty.
Human Trafficking Recognition (SB 1600): Amends the Lodging Services Human Trafficking Recognition Act to require restaurant and truck stop employees to undergo training in the recognition of human trafficking.
Electronic Signatures (SB 1611): Allows the Secretary of State (SOS) to accept electronic signatures via administrative rules. An electronic record or electronic signature accepted by the SOS shall be admissible in all administrative, quasi-judicial, and judicial proceedings.
Social Worker Examination (SB 1632): Removes the requirement that those applying to be licensed social workers pass an examination authorized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Academic Major Report (SB 1638): Creates an academic major report for all public universities in Illinois. At the time a student declares or changes his/her major, each public university is required to provide that student with a report that contains information regarding the student’s choice of major early on that would help them determine their academic and professional careers based upon financial data.
Teacher Service Credit (SB 1646): Allow teachers to buy up to two years of credit for service at parochial school.
Line-of-Duty Claim (SB 1650): Provides that a line-of-duty claim for a death benefit for a death occurring after Dec. 31, 2016, and before Jan. 1, 2021 may be filed no later than Dec. 31, 2022.
Weights and Measures (SB 1657): Provides that, beginning with the 2022 registration year, a registrant must complete an online review for each type of weighing and measuring device the registrant intends to install, service, recondition, or repair. A registrant must complete the online review every five years thereafter.
Weights and Measures (SB 1658): Provides that all weighing or measuring devices must be placed into service and sealed before they are first used in trade by a serviceperson, service agency, or special sealer registered by the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, or by an inspector.
Deferred Compensation (SB 1675): Makes technical corrections to the automatic enrollment aspect of public employees’ deferred compensation plan and provides automatic annual increases for said plan.
No-Contact Order (SB 1677): Closes a loophole in the Stalking No-Contact Order Act so that a person who is prohibited from contacting another via phone or in person can also be restrained from sending email, Facebook messages, or texts.
Deferred Comp Enrollment (SB 1681): Makes technical corrections to the automatic enrollment aspect of public employees’ deferred compensation plan and provides automatic annual increases for said plan.
Prescription Costs Request (SB 1682): Deletes language allowing for no more than 10 price disclosure requests for prescription drugs or medical devices for which the person making the request has a prescription. Requires a pharmacy to post a notice informing customers that they may request, in person or on the phone, the current usual and customary retail price of any brand or generic prescription drug or medical device that the pharmacy offers for sale to the public.
Native American Heritage Month (SB 1689): Provides that the month of November of each year is designated as Native American Heritage Month to be observed throughout the State as a month to recognize the contributions and influence of Native Americans on American history, achievement, culture, and innovation.
Biotechnology Partnership (SB 1693): Establishes the Industrial Biotechnology Public-Private Partnership as a State-sponsored board consisting of specified members to promote and market Illinois as a destination for biotechnology research, development and commercialization network that leverages existing Illinois resources.
Higher Education Grants (SB 1697): Allow universities to use the same process of reporting their state grants as they do for federal grants. Removes state appropriations from a state agency to public institutions of higher education from Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provisions. For public institutions of higher education, the GATA provisions only apply to awards funded by federal pass-through awards from a state agency to public institutions of higher education.
Equal Justice Foundation (SB 1698): Designates the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation as a “grantor agency” under the Grant Recovery Act.
Tobacco Tax E-cigs (SB 1706): Removes cannabis vaping products from the definition of “electronic cigarette” to exempt them from tobacco taxes.
New Wind Power Facility (SB 1720): Amends the Enterprise Zone Act’s High Impact Business program for wind farm construction to clarify/codify that the program applies to “repowering” projects (i.e. when older wind turbines are replaced with newer ones or are removed entirely) and requires payment of prevailing wages for the demolition of those turbines.
CPA Exam Requirements (SB 1723): Allows those who have completed 120 semester hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Prospective CPAs would then have to complete their final 30 semester hours before being licensed.
Sexual Orientation Reporting (SB 1730): Requires a publicly-held domestic or foreign corporation with its principal executive office located in Illinois to report to the Secretary of State the self-identified sexual orientation and self-identified gender identity of its board of directors.
Cemetery Repairs (SB 1733): Sets rules for the repair or replacement for dilapidated or unsafe columbariums, niches, mausoleums, and private estates. Requires that unless the contract states otherwise cemetery consumers are responsible for any repairs to unsafe columbarium, niche building, mausoleum, or private estate within the cemetery grounds.
Disinterment Court Order (SB 1734): Requires a court order before a cemetery may disinter deceased human remains from a multiple-depth burial plot if the involved decedent is not located within a concrete outer burial container and if the involved decedent was interred 10 or more years ago.
Surplus Lines Market (SB 1753): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code in Sections regarding surplus line insurance contracts. Eliminates “diligent effort” provisions in commercial wholesale transactions. Provides clarification on annual declinations for master policies and program business.
Interview Diversity (SB 1765): Establishes as a goal that state agencies should increase diversity on their hiring panels. Requires each agency to submit an annual report to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services providing data related to diversity in their hiring process.
Corrections Healthcare Vendors (SB 1771): Provides that “health care employer” includes the Department of Corrections or a third-party vendor employing certified nursing assistants working with the Department of Corrections.
Manufactured Homes (SB 1779): Requires that a lender offering a mortgage for the purchase of a manufactured home make specified disclosures: any affiliation between the landlord and the lending company; that the loan is a chattel loan; that the terms of a chattel loan prohibit refinancing; and any other reason that prohibits refinancing.
Drycleaner Trust Fund (SB 1781): Provides that, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund is not subject to sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal maneuver that would in any way transfer any amounts from the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund into any other fund of the State.
School Team Uniforms (SB 1784): Requires the governing board of each school district, public university, and community college to allow a student athlete to modify his/her team uniform for the purpose of modesty in clothing or attire that is in accordance with the requirements of his/her religion.
Mental Health Database (SB 1786): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services to create and maintain a post-secondary online mental health database and resource page on its Web site geared toward students, parents and various faculty and personnel.
IDFPR License (SB 1790): Requires that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation publish on its Web site information concerning the process for requesting a rehearing and the process for restoring a license after the successful completion of a term of probation, suspension, or revocation of a license.
IDOT Study (SB 1791): Requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study following the occurrence of any accident involving a pedestrian fatality that occurs at an intersection of a State Highway.
Local Governments (SB 1800): Prohibits the General Assembly from creating any new form of local government. Does not apply to the creation of a new unit of local government from consolidating two or more pre-existing units of local government. Sunsets on Jan. 1, 2023.
Effingham TIF Extensions (SB 1814): Extends the life for an additional 12 years (from 23 years to 35 years) for two Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts located in the City of Effingham: TIF created on Nov. 21, 2000; and TIF created on Jan. 28, 2003. Both TIFs are approaching their 23-year life span. Extending the TIFs an additional 12 years allows the Effingham to continue with its redevelopment projects.
Financial Literacy Course (SB 1830): Provides that a course in financial literacy may be taken toward the fulfillment of the mathematics requirement for high school students.
Community Benefits (SB 1840): Provides that the Act now applies to all nonprofit and public hospitals licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act. Also provides that the Attorney General shall post relevant information pertaining to the financial information on charity care to the Office’s website.
Property Tax Notice (SB 1845): Provides that the owner of a certificate of purchase must file with the county clerk the names and addresses of the owners of the property and those persons entitled to service of notice at their last known addresses.
Children Meals (SB 1846): Amends the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to create a new Section for “default beverages for children’s meals” sold at restaurants. Requires restaurants to include certain beverages with offered children’s meals, by default. Imposes penalties and fees to be paid by the restaurant for noncompliance. Prohibits added sweeteners for the water and sparking water beverage option.
Impact Correction Program (SB 1861): Requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to accept someone into the impact incarceration program if it is part of the court’s sentencing order.
Defective Corporate Actions (SB 1872): Provided for the ratification and validation of defective corporate actions. Authorizes corporations to correct actions taken without proper documentation or the over-issuance of shares.
Loss of Coverage Prevention (SB 1876): Includes a prevention of loss of coverage provision in group life insurance policies when the policy is being replaced with another insurance carrier. In addition to, the provision would apply to active employees who are not actively working, subject to certain criteria.
Protected Fish (SB 1878): Adds bowfin and paddlefish to a new species list as they are highly valued and regulated roe-bearing species. Increasing the fair market value or replacement cost of bowfin and paddlefish will potentially increase criminal penalties for infractions against these fish.
Fishing Equipment (SB 1879): Provides that it is unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take aquatic life by means of a pitchfork, underwater spear gun, bow and arrow or bow-and-arrow device, including a sling shot bow, spear, or gig along, upon, across, or from any public right-of-way or highway. Currently, such a violation is addressed in the Wildlife Code not the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.
Scott’s Law Community Service (SB 1913): Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code so that in addition to other penalties imposed for a violation of Scott’s Law, a judge can order a person to perform community service.
Removes Age Cap (SB 1917): Removes the age cap regarding coverage for epinephrine injectors and epinephrine injectors applies to children ages 18 or younger.
Groundwater Professionals (SB 1921): Extends the repeal date of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s License Act from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2032.
SIU Management (SB 1928): Removes the Superintendent of Public Instruction as an ex-officio member of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees. Adds the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to the Ethanol Research Advisory Board.
Homeowners’ Energy Policy (SB 1941): States that the Homeowners’ Energy Policy Statement Act does not apply to any building that is greater than 30 feet in height and is not a single-family home (currently, only 30 feet in height).
Interstate Contracts (SB 1966): Authorizes Illinois and Wisconsin to reciprocate the exchange of out-of-state mental health or substance use disorder services for persons subject to involuntary admission.
Homestead Exemption (SB 1975): Requires Cook County (allows all other counties) to automatically renew the homestead exemption for people with disabilities from 2021 to 2026.
Corrections Personnel (SB 1976): Authorizes the Illinois Department of Corrections to appoint a person to receive suggestions, complaints, and requests from visitors at its facilities and the general public.
Insurance Compliance Division (SB 1993): Transfers all powers, duties, rights, responsibilities and personnel of the Insurance Compliance Division within the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Mental Health on Campus (SB 2014): Requires public universities and community colleges to provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line, and mental health counseling center on the back of each Student ID or publish the contact information on their Web sites.
Veterans Task Force (SB 2017): Extends the Veterans’ Service-Related Ailments Task Force, which was supposed to meet starting July 1, 2019, and issue a report by Dec. 31, 2020. Meetings would now begin Jan. 1, 2022, with a report to be issued by June 1, 2023. The new committee would dissolve on Dec. 31, 2023.
Illinois Housing Authority (SB 2065): Doubles the bonding authority for the Illinois Housing Authority from $3.6 billion to $7.2 billion.
Auctions Not Marketplace Facilitators (SB 2066): Provides that auctions are not marketplace facilitators, and adds language that clarifies that in 2020 marketplace sellers were exempt from the Use Tax (because the marketplace facilitators collected the Use Tax from the purchaser and remitted the Use Tax to IDOR). Also, the agreed upon language creates a credit mechanism by which remote sellers based in Illinois which remitted the Use Tax can recover the tax they should not have been required to pay.
VOICES (SB 2079): Amends the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act. Requires state officials, if they deny an application for an individual to be certified as a victim of a qualifying criminal activity for immigration purposes, to inform the applicant and permit the applicant 30 business days to appeal the decision. Permits applicants to file for mandamus action or seek other relief in court prior to filing an administrative appeal or other administrative relief.
Contract School Teachers (SB 2093): Amends the CTPF article of the pension code to allow teachers of “contract schools” to participate in the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. Adds to the underlying bill a grace period for submitting payroll records and contributions between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2021, if good-faith efforts are made. If the Oct. 1, 2021, date is not met, liquidated damages, penalties and interest shall be calculated according to statute.
Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund (SB 2107): Allows employees of the recently created Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Excludes board members from participation.
Citizens Civics Education (SB 2116): Clarifies that the civil education program in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice shall be taught by two co-facilitators (rather than peer educators as in the Illinois Department of Corrections).
Resentence Petition (SB 2129): Allows current and subsequent State’s Attorneys to petition the sentencing court to re-sentence an offender if the State’s Attorney believes the original sentence no longer advances the interests of justice.
Religious Institutions Exemption (SB 2141): Exempts tax-exempt post-secondary religious institutions from the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s educational requirements, standards, or demands under the Private College Act and Academic Degree Act, if the institutions meet certain conditions.
TRIP Billing Error (SB 2168): Provides that when an error is made in billing a Teachers’ Retirement System TRIP (Teachers Retirement Insurance Plan) benefit, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services shall identify the error and take every step to refund the overpaid amount as soon as possible and practical.
Pharmacy Practice Act (SB 2172): Extends the repeal date of the Pharmacy Practice Act from Jan. 1, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2030. The Pharmacy Practice Act is intended to instill confidence in residents that pharmacists have the required education and knowledge to ensure their safety.
DOIT Act (SB 2175): Reconfigures the enabling act for the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DOIT).
GATA (SB 2192): Provides that the requirements established under the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act do not apply to State shared revenues distributed by formula to units of local government from the Local Government Distributive Fund, the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund, the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, or the Transportation Renewal Fund.
Permanency Goals Juvenile Court (SB 2194): Provides that at a permanency hearing, allows for permanent guardianship of the minor as long as the other permanency goals have been deemed inappropriate and not in the child’s best interests (rather than ruled out). Requires the court confirm that the Department of Children and Family Services has discussed adoption, if appropriate, and guardianship with the caregiver prior to changing a goal to guardianship.
Auditor General (SB 2196): Authorizes funding for the Illinois Auditor General’s office. Provided for the transfer of moneys from specified funds into the Audit Expense Fund to cover auditing costs for next fiscal year.
Industrial Residential Buildings (SB 2201): Places limitations on the zoning process for industrialized residential structures and manufactured homes. States that a zoning ordinance of other zoning regulation may not prohibit or restrict the erection of an industrialized residential structure or a manufactured home on real property if specific conditions are met. Limits home-rule powers so that a home rule county, township, and municipality may not regulate industrialized residential structures or manufactured homes inconsistent with these requirements.
Stalking Mental State (SB 2204): Provides that a person commits stalking when he/she knowingly makes threats that are a part of a course of conduct and is aware of the threatening nature of his/her speech.
Telemarketer Spoofing Ban (SB 2225): Bans spoofing (falsifying the caller ID information on purpose) by telemarketers in Illinois.
Senior PTAX Assistance (SB 2244): Raises the income threshold for the senior citizen assessment freeze homestead exemption to $75,000 for Cook County for tax year 2020. As well as, raises the income threshold to $75,000 for all counties beginning in tax year 2021.
Psychotropic Medications (SB 2265): Provides that informed consent is only necessary if the dosage of a psychotropic medication is being increased. Also allows for a dispensing pharmacist for a facility and a licensed practical nurse to discuss the medication with the resident to obtain informed consent.
Tax Use Oversight (SB 2278): Requires that a county that is authorized to impose a Special County Retailers’ Occupation Tax For Public Safety, Public Facilities, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Transportation to establish a seven-member board, which shall oversee the use of funds received from the tax.
DCFS Transportation (SB 2323): Prohibits the use of restraints for youth in care during transportation services provided by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or its contractual assigns. Also requires DCFS to prepare individualized trauma Sensitive transportation plans for certain transport situations.
Medical Assistance (SB 2325): Establishes that for appeals concerning ambulance services on or after Dec. 15, 2012, a provider shall use a Patient Care Report to establish the medical necessity of an ambulance transport, and clarifies that a Physician Certification Statement, a Certificate of Transportation Services, and/or a Medical Certification for Non-Emergency Ambulance form is not necessary to establish a proper jurisdiction for appeal or medical necessity on appeal.
Misdemeanor Diversion Program (SB 2364): Creates an unfit diversion program for defendants with misdemeanors. If a defendant is approved for the program, criminal charges will be dropped and admitted.
Solar Power PPA Agreement PTAX (SB 2365): Clarifies in statute that Behind-the-Meter power purchase agreement solar projects are eligible and/or included in the existing solar property tax exemption.
DCFS Ward Detention (SB 2370): Requires if juveniles who are wards of the Department of Children and Family Services have been ordered detained, then there shall be subsequent hearings on a regular basis.
Township Meeting (SB 2390): Amends the Township Code by providing that in the event of a conflict with the celebration of Ramadan, an annual township meeting may be postponed to the first Tuesday following the last day of Ramadan.
United Negro College Fund (SB 2438): Creates the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Advisory Board under the Illinois State Board of Education. The advisory board must consult with the Illinois Department of Revenue in promoting the UNCF and direct funds to the UNCF 501(c)(3). Creates a new lottery scratch-off with the net revenues going to the UNCF.
Affordable Housing Donation (SB 2444): Extends the Affordable Housing Donation tax credit for an additional five years.
Mahomet Aquifer Council (SB 2515): Creates the Mahomet Aquifer Council consisting of 23 members, per the amendment. Replaces the defunct task force of similar name.
SALT Cap Workaround (SB 2531): Allows partnerships and Subchapter S corporations to elect to have the profits of the partnership/Subchapter S corporation attributable to Illinois, taxed at an entity level rather than on the individual partner/shareholder level.
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