April 7, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on April 7, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

Assignments

(HB 3699): Shell Bill

(HB 3772): Shell Bill

(HB 3863): Shell Bill

(HB 4364): Shell Bill

Criminal Law

Criminal ID Expungement Drug Test (HB 4392): Prohibits a court from denying an expungement or sealing petition because the petitioner has failed a drug test taken within 30 days before the filing of the petition.

Overdose Prevention Supplies (HB 4556): Allows any pharmacist or physician, or the pharmacist’s or physician’s designee to dispense drug adulterant testing supplies to any person. Includes advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants in the list of people who can distribute the testing supplies to any person.

Executive

Latex Gloves (HB 209): Creates the Latex Glove Ban Act. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, a food service establishment may not permit employees to use latex gloves in the preparation and handling of food.  If latex gloves must be used in the preparation of food due to a crisis that interrupts a food service establishment’s ability to source nonlatex gloves, a sign must be prominently placed at the point of order or point of purchase clearly notifying the public of the temporary change.

Car Theft (HB 601): Expands the offense of possession of burglary tools to include possessing a device designed to: unlock or start a motor vehicle without the use or possession of the key to the motor vehicle; or capture or duplicate a signal from the key fob of a motor vehicle to unlock or start the motor vehicle without the use or possession of the key to the motor vehicle.

New Americans (HB 1567): Expands the duties of the Governor’s Office of New Americans, including promoting and supporting integration efforts, and the creation of an annual report.

Cannabis Programs (HB 2380): Amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act and the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Provides for one application and approval process for dispensing organization agent ID cards from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and cultivation organization ID cards from Illinois Department of Agriculture for both recreational and medical dispensaries.

Overhear/RICO (HB 3893): Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Extends the sunset of the state’s attorney overhear exception from Jan. 1, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2027. Under this exception, a law enforcement officer or person acting at the direction of a law enforcement officer may record or listen with the aid of an eavesdropping device to a conversation in the course of an investigation of a felony drug violation without a court order if he/she has prior approval from the state’s attorney. Extends the sunset of the RICO Article of the Code from June 11, 2022, to June 11, 2023.

Trustees of Schools (HB 4173): Applies only to Lyons Township school districts. Requires that the trustees of schools be made up of three trustees who are appointed and four trustees who are elected. The appointed trustees shall be appointed by the local school board. Provides the requirements and procedures when appointing trustees and sets terms for their appointment.

Health Care Registry (HB 4332): Requires the Healthcare Worker Registry to include the individual’s federal taxpayer identification number (if they do not have a social security card) in addition to other various information that is currently required.

Police Training/Body Cameras (HB 4608): Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that within 60 Days of passing, the Police Training Board will adopt uniform rules for a waiver on training requirements for previously employed law enforcement or count corrections officers. The rules for an eligible candidate must show: 1). A training program approved by the Board on the laws of this State relevant to the duties of law enforcement and county correctional officers; and 2). Firearms training, prior to the approval of a waiver.

Amends the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Act. Allows body camera grant funds to be used for data storage costs. Allows officers to flag video if they believe it may have evidentiary value. Makes clarifying changes on when an officer does not have to have a camera turned on, such as in training or only in the presence of other officers. Clarifies that “community caretaking” excludes law enforcement-related encounters or activities.

Community Care Reports (HB 4647): Amends the ID/DD Community Care Act. Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Requires a licensee to submit an annual report certifying that all legislatively or administratively mandated wage increases to benefit workers are passed through in accordance with the legislative or administrative mandate. Each developmental services agency licensed under this Act shall submit an annual report.

Nurse Staffing (HB 4666): Prohibits nurse staffing agencies from recruiting employees on the premises of a health care facility. Prohibits nurse staffing agencies from entering into covenants not to compete with contracted nurses/CNAs. Eliminates non-compete clauses, which prevent agency nurses from gaining long-term employment directly with a facility.

Retired Law Enforcement (HB 4667): Allows active or retired county deputies, county correctional officers, and correctional officers of the Illinois Department of Corrections to be deemed to be qualified law enforcement officers or, if retired, shall be deemed qualified retired or separated law enforcement officers in Illinois for purposes of coverage under the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.

Safe Gun Storage (HB 4729): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop and implement a two-year statewide safe gun storage public awareness campaign. Subject to appropriation.

Health Facilities Application (HB 4736): Amends the Health Facilities Planning Act. Decreases the amount of time applicants and members of the public have to respond to the Board staff’s written review of findings, concerning an application for a permit from 10 days before the meeting to five days from the posting of the report. Prohibits the written response from introducing information that was not provided in the original application.

School Code Gun Safety (HB 5193): Adds instruction on safe gun storage to the list of topics included in authorized “safety education” offered by school boards either partially or fully funded by the State. 

Labor

Unpaid Leave (HB 4215): Amends the Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). Provides for unpaid leave for after the violent death of a family or household member.

Local Government

Elections Omnibus (HB 716): Amends the Election Code. Key takeaways include:

  • Provides for the redistricting of the DuPage Forest Preserve.
  • Forbids judicial political committees form accepting out-of-state donations.
  • Provides for non-binary applications for voter registration.
  • Changes the civil penalties for finance reporting violations.
  • Increases precinct size (1,200 outside Chicago; 1,800 inside Chicago).
  • Requires wheelchair accessible booth at each polling location.
  • Permits election authorities to increase the number of their voting centers from one.
  • Allows election authorities to change voting center hours prior to 40 days before an general election.
  • Permits vote-by-mail applications to be submitted via email.
  • Removes the requirement that drop-box ballots must be picked up every day at the close of business, permitting them more sporadic pickups.
  • Pushes subcircuit redistricting back until 2022.
  • Grants more time for county redistricting.
  • Pushes back the legislative mailing black-out date.

Pensions

Downstate Police (HB 4209): States that no later than Dec. 31, 2022, a person may transfer to a fund established under the Downstate Police Article creditable service accumulated under IMRF for service as a sheriff’s law enforcement employee, person employed by a participating municipality to perform police duties, law enforcement officer employed on a full-time basis by a forest preserve district, or person employed by a participating municipality to perform administrative duties related to law enforcement.

Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (HB 4646): Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each participating municipality or instrumentality that employs an employee who is an elected trustee to provide 20 days of paid leave of absence per year for the purpose of attending meetings of the Board of Trustees, committee meetings of the Board of Trustees, and seminars regarding issues for which the Board of Trustees is responsible to such an employee.

Alternative Formula Benefit (HB 4926): Adds investigators for the Office of the Attorney General to the list of employees eligible for the higher Alternative Formula benefit. Allows these newly eligible employees to convert up to eight years of standard SERS credit to Alternative Formula credit by paying the difference in employee contributions plus interest.

Transportation

Car Parts Thefts (HB 107): Addresses recent thefts of car parts and especially catalytic converters. Provides that every recyclable metal dealer shall enter specified information into an electronic record-keeping system for each purchase of recyclable metal, a catalytic converter, or its contents, or recyclable metal containing copper. Prohibits the sale/purchase of certain materials and prohibits dealers from paying cash payments for a catalytic converter with a value of $100 or more. 

Police Association Fund (HB 4163): Allows money generated from sales of the Illinois Police Association license plate to be used for providing death benefits for the families of members of the Illinois Police Association who die of natural causes, and for providing scholarships to children and spouses of members of the Illinois Police Association who die of natural causes. Currently, the funds are limited to those who die in the line of duty. 

License Plates (HB 4434): Amends the Vehicle Code to add the Chicago Red Stars and the Chicago Fire, and remove the St. Louis Rams from, the list of available license plates. 

IDOT Land Conveyance (HB 5205):  Allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to sell dedications, easements, access rights, or any interest in real estate that it holds but no longer needs for highway purposes. Allows IDOT to dispose of these rights, or any land or other properties, subject to written approval of the Federal Highway Administration if required by federal law.