April 2, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 1, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

Agriculture

Pyrethroid Pesticide (HB 3118): Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that a pyrethroid pesticide may only be applied by a commercial applicator for commercial or residential use if an evidence-based model of application complying with specified requirements is used. Requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to adopt rules creating a process meeting specified requirements for the licensure of commercial applicators for residential treatment of pyrethroid pesticides.

Commerce

Fair Food Delivery (HB 3205): Creates the Fair Food Delivery Act. Prohibits third- party apps from using the likeness of a restaurant/business without a written contract.

Criminal Law

Reentry Specialists (HB 3465): Provides that each institution or facility of the Department of Corrections shall hire a reentry specialist to assist with the reentry of offenders into the community.

Education

Expansion of Return to Work (SB 3201): Increases the number of days a retired teacher may teach without it affecting his or her retirement status to 150 days or 750 paid hours in a school year with no more than 100 paid days in the same classroom. If the employment is not within the school year during which their service terminated effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023.  As well as provides that beginning July 1, 2023, a retired teacher would be able to teach without it affecting his or her retirement status up to 120 paid days or 600 paid hours in each school year.

Contract Bidding Requirements (HB 4813): Provides that contracts for goods, services, or management in the operation of a school’s food service, are exempt from contract bidding requirements. Includes schools that participate in any of the United States Department of Agriculture’s child nutrition programs. Requires that food supplier data be given to the school district at the time of the bid and is required to be updated annually.

Dual Credits (HB 5506): Amends the Dual Credit Quality Act. Adds a new section which provides that a partnership agreement entered between a community college district and a school district shall allow a high school student who does not otherwise meet the community college district’s academic eligibility requirements to enroll in a dual credit course, but only for high school credit. 

Environment and Conservation

Budget Reporting (HB 4382): Provides that during the month of June (rather than October) of each year, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall make specified determinations with respect to moneys deposited into the Public Utility Fund during the next (rather than current) fiscal year and the moneys expected to be expended or obligated against appropriations made from the Fund during the next (rather than current) fiscal year.

Alternative Electric Suppliers (HB 4973): Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that a certificate of service authority granted to an alternative retail electric supplier or alternative gas supplier, or a license granted to an agent, broker, or consultant engaged in the procurement or sale of retail electricity supply for third parties is not property and the grant of a certificate or license does not create a property interest.

911 Calls (HB 5502): Requires large buildings to enact 9-1-1 out calls to show the address of the building occupant. Large buildings must allow occupants to dial 9-1-1 without suffix numbers such as 9 included in the number.

Executive

Statute of Repose (HB 625): Amends the Code of Civil Procedure so that a defendant may bring a counterclaim after the statutes of repose has run for that claim (currently only statute of limitations).

Homelessness Prevention (HB 2775): Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. It is the public policy of this State to prevent discrimination based on familial status or source of income in real estate transactions.

Invest in Kids Scholarship (HB 4126): Requires that in granting scholarships under the Invest in Kids Act, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year and each school year thereafter, a scholarship granting organization (SGO) will give priority to eligible students who received a scholarship from a SGO in the previous school year.

Pharmacy HIV Patient Care (HB 4430): Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act to provide, that in accordance with a standing order by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or the medical director of a county or local health department, a pharmacist may provide patients with prophylaxis drugs for human immunodeficiency virus pre-exposure prophylaxis or post-exposure prophylaxis. Provides for Insurance coverage and Medicaid Coverage and reimbursement to pharmacists.

Education Labor Board Process Notice (HB 5093): Provides that service may be given by one of the methods permitted in the Board’s rules. The intent of the bill is to allow the Board to provide notifications via e-mail. 

First 2022 General Revisory (HB 5501): Provides for a General Revisory bill to clean up outdated references and section, fix technical and grammatical errors, etc., as offered by the Legislative Reference Bureau.

Property Tax Land Bank Exemption (HB 5532): Amends the Property Tax Code. Exempts properties owned by any of three enumerated land banks are exempt from property taxes when they are being held by the land banks and for future development.  Requires the named land banks to provide proof of status for the exemption when applying to the board of review. 

Financial Institutions

Banking Development District (HB 5194): Creates the Banking Development District Act to encourage the establishment of branches for banking services in geographic locations where there are the largest underbanked and unbanked populations.

Healthcare Access and Availability

Homeless Service Provider (HB 3949): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to consider all homeless service providers in the State to be essential critical infrastructure workers under specified guidance from the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Provides that the Department shall ensure that homeless service providers qualify for the same priority benefits afforded to health care organizations and frontline workers by the State, including federal relief funding, personal protective equipment, and vaccinations. 

Higher Education

Higher Education Omnibus (House Bill 5464): Makes several statutory changes recommended in the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) 2021 Strategic Plan. Requires private institutions’ programs to be approved under the new strategic plan, the state’s economic development goals, and the state’s educational priorities.

 

Insurance

Insurance Information Checkoff (HB 5142): Requires the Illinois Department of Revenue to include a provision on income tax returns to allow a taxpayer to request information about eligibility for health insurance benefits. Also, authorizes the Department of Revenue to share income information with the State Health Benefits Exchange, and this will enable the State Health Benefits Exchange to determine individuals’ premium tax credit or Medicaid eligibility.

Labor

Workers Comp (HB 1208): Provides that Workers Comp Commissioners must have a license to practice law and makes changes to Arbitrator’s caseloads.

Pensions

Cook County Forest Preserve (HB 4785): Provides that the Cook County Forest Preserve District is to levy their taxes by general category after the first Monday in October and by the first Monday in December every year (Instead of “by March 28” every year.) Cook County President’s initiative to permit the Forest District to amend their levy following the potential referendum approval of a levy increase in November 2022, instead of adopting the current levy this March 2022 for that cycle.