February 23, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on February 23, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

Behavioral and Mental Health

Mental Health (SB 3617): Creates the Ensuring a More Qualified, Competent, and Diverse Community Behavioral Health Workforce Act. Requires the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, to award grants or contracts to licensed community mental health centers or behavioral health clinics to establish or enhance training and supervision of interns and behavioral health providers-in-training pursuing licensure as a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical professional counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist. Creates the Mental Health Assessment Reform Act to remove barriers to care in the Medicaid mental health assessment and treatment planning process. Creates the Recovery and Mental Health Tax Credit Act. Requires the Department to establish and administer a recovery tax credit program to provide tax incentives to qualified employers who employ eligible individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder or mental illness in part-time and full-time positions. Creates an Advisory Council to advise the Department regarding employment of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in minority communities.

Criminal Law

Child Sex Offender (SB 3019): Prohibits a child sex offender from operating, managing, being employed by, or associating with any carnival, amusement enterprise, or fair when children are present. Currently only applies to county fairs.

Environment and Conservation

Rivers Coordinating Council (SB 3178): Codifies the executive order (2013) that consolidated various Illinois rivers councils into the Rivers of Illinois Coordinating Council (RICC), with the only changes being an increase in the size of the Council from 19 to 20 members, by adding the Illinois State Water Survey.  

Executive

Legislative Accessibility (SB 180): Creates a Legislative Accessibility Act and a General Assembly Accessibility Task Force to increase the accessibility of the General Assembly for persons with disabilities. The 13 members on the Task Force will be appointed by the Legislative Leaders.

 

Health

Medicaid Benefits (SB 2962): Increases the Community Spouse Resource Allowance and the Community Spouse Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance for the purposes of determining assets and income when applying for long-term care under Medicaid.

Hospital Licensing (SB 2977): Expands the language of The Hospital Licensing act to include that no patient may abuse another patient in addition to the current language that states no staff may abuse a patient in a hospital.

Follow-up Healthcare (SB 3023): Changes the “follow-up healthcare” definition for medical forensic services to be rendered, from 90 days after initial visit to 180 days.

Interagency Agreement (SB 3172): Amends the Custody Relinquishment Prevention Act and requires state agencies (DCFS, DHS, DHFS, ISBE, DJJ, and DPH) to enter into a 10-year extension of the interagency agreement required by PA 98-0808 for the purposes of preventing parents from relinquishing parental custody of a child because of the child’s mental health issues.

Healthcare Access and Availability

Underserved Physician Workforce (SB 3017): Allows OBGYN physicians to participate in the Underserved Physician Workforce Program under privately owned rural hospitals. Committee Amendment 1 will add Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Nurses to the list of current Physicians that will be able to qualify for the Underserved Physician Workforce program at privately owned rural practice locations.

Commission on LGBTQ Aging (SB 3490): Creates the Commission on LGBTQ Aging to investigate and study the health, housing, financial psycho-social, home and community-based services, assisted living and long-term care needs of LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers. Requires the Commission to make recommendation to improve access to benefits and services. Requires the Director of the Illinois Department on Aging to designate an LGBTQ Older Adult Advocate.

Human Rights

Immigration Counsel (SB 3144): Creates the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Act. Establishes the Task Force on Counsel in Immigration Proceedings. Provides for members, compensation, and support staff. Provides that the Task Force shall investigate the implementation of universal representation for covered individuals in immigration removal proceedings. Provides that the Task Force shall submit a report of its findings in the investigation and its recommendations for how to fully provide legal representation for covered individuals facing immigration proceedings no later than July 1, 2023.

Insurance

Group Life Insurance (SB 2963): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to further clarify, in the section regarding group life insurance standards provision, a replacing carrier’s obligation for continued coverage of an active employee who is not actively at work.

Judiciary

Property Tax Appeals (SB 3069): Amends the Property Tax Code so that condominium associations and homeowner associations may also file an appeal with the Property Tax Appeal Board.

Parenting Coordinator (SB 3083): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to enact a parenting coordinator parenting coordinator statute to help resolve immediate and minor emergency issues causing conflict in families. If a dispute arises, a parenting coordinator may be appointed by the court to determine the best interest of the parties involved in the case.

Park District/Public Utility Liability (SB 3467): Creates the Park District and Public Utility Liability Act which hold harmless an electric public utility company or their independent contractor to indemnify and hold harmless against liability for damages arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property proximately caused by or resulted arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property proximately caused by or resulting from negligence, in whole or in part, of the lessor is against public policy void and unenforceable. Nothing in the Act shall prevent or prohibit a contract, promise, or agreement for an energy company to indemnify or hold harmless any park district for damages resulting from sole negligence of the energy company.

Mortgage and Liens (SB 3650): Amends the Limitations Article of the Code of Civil Procedure to provide that an action to establish an equitable mortgage or equitable lien against real estate or a claim for subrogation to a prior mortgage must be filed within 10 years after the cause of action occurs.

Electronic Protection Orders (SB 3667): Allows for the in-person, or online filing of a petition for a protection order, stalking no-contact order, civil no-contact order, or order of protection.  Mandates courts in counties with populations of more than 250,000 to offer the option of a remote hearing to a petitioner for a protective order. Provides that courts have the discretion to grant or deny the request for a remote hearing.

 

Labor

Child Actors Work (SB 3161): Allows for a child younger than age 16 who is working as a child performer, to work until 10:00 p.m. without a waiver from the Illinois Department of Labor. Also, includes additional factors that the department of labor is to consider when granting a waiver for children working from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Licensed Activities

Emergency Medical Dispatchers (SB 3127): Amends various laws to include “emergency medical dispatchers” in references to first responders

Professionals Health Program (SB 3166): Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act, the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the Community Living Facilities Licensing Act, the Life Care Facilities Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, the MC/DD Act, the ID/DD Community Care Act, and the Hospital Licensing Act to provides that hospitals, establishments, or facilities organized or licensed under the Acts shall ensure that nurses employed by the hospital, establishment, or facility are aware of the Illinois Professionals Health Program (IPHP) by completing specified requirements.

Local Government

Public Works Superintendent (SB 2912): Amends the Counties Code to provide that concerning the position of Superintendent of Public Works, adds to the current qualification of being a registered professional engineer the following alternate qualifications: 1.) Degree in engineering form an accredited institution of high learning; 2.) Have at least 10 years of professional, management level experience in a municipal or county public works department.

Park District Contracts (SB 3050): Increases the threshold for specified park district contracts related to supplies, materials, or work to be competitively bid from $25,000 to $30,000 to be level with forest preserve and conservation districts which were increased to the same amount last year.  

Recorder’s Stamp (SB 3187): Provides that a physical or electronic image of the recorder’s stamp satisfies the signature requirement for recorded instruments.  

Library Fees (SB 3497): Reinserts a provision that a library must waive fees to a student in an unincorporated area in Illinois whose household falls at or below the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Income Eligibility Guidelines.  Also, provides the library board may adopt regulations waiving the nonresident fee for person younger than 18.  

Pensions

Chicago Teachers (SB 2989): Allows Chicago teachers to buy up to two years of credit for service at parochial school.

Overpayment Recovery (SB 2991): Clarifies the State Universities Retirement System’s (SURS) authority to recover overpaid amounts in instances that do not result from a mistake in benefit calculation, providing necessary clarity in the law and ensuring that SURS can effectively recover overpaid amounts to preserve the assets of the System.

Chicago Firefighters (SB 3177): States that a fireman who withdraws before age 50, and a fireman with 10 years of service who withdraws before age 57, has a right to a refund of the entire amount as of the date of withdrawal. Makes changes retroactive to Aug. 6, 2021.

Revenue

Palatine TIF Extension (SB 2990): Extends the life of a TIF district in the Village of Palatine for an additional 12 years.

Income Tax Credit (SB 3027): Creates a new $500 income tax credit for volunteer firefighters and emergency workers and this would be effective tax year of 2023, the credit is non-refundable, and the credit is exempt from the automatic expiration provisions of section 250 of the Illinois Tax Act.

Mining Equipment (SB 3065): Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Extends the current sales tax exemption for equipment used in mining by five years to July 1, 2028. The exemption is currently scheduled to sunset July 1, 2023.

Tax Deeds Petitions (SB 3097): Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires that, after filing a petition to obtain a tax deed, the owner of a certificate of purchase must file with the clerk of the circuit court the names and addresses of persons who are entitled to service of notice. Currently, that notice is filed with the county clerk.

Mental Health Tax Levies (SB 3215): Amends the Community Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, the Counties Code, the Property Tax Code, and the Community Mental Health Act to validate existing levies for certain community mental health boards and brings the acts in compliance with Property Tax Extension Law Limit.

 

State Government

DCFS Caseworkers (SB 3197): Make clear that Illinois Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers are eligible for catastrophic injury/death health insurance premium coverage. Amends the Group Health Insurance Act of 1971 to preserve the impetus of the underlying bill but more specifically describes occupation death benefits to where insurance premiums are to be covered for the survivor and dependents.

ABLE Program (SB 3474): Requires school districts, beginning with the 2023-24 school year, to provide informational material about the ABLE program under the State Treasurer at the students annual individualized education program (IEP meeting). IL ABLE is a savings and investment plan that makes it possible for people with disabilities and their families to save and invest their money for expenses related to living with a disability.

Design-Build Procurement (SB 3625): Amends the Design-Build Procurement Act’s repeal date by five years, from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2027.

Transportation

Recovery License (SB 3006): Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to notify an applicant for a recovery license (repo) within 14 days (was 10) after receiving a background check (was after receiving the application). 

Driving Privileges (SB 3007): Provides that if records indicate an individual has committed any of the following offenses, the Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke their driving privileges without a hearing: 

  • Unlawful use of a license
  • Underage possession of cannabis
  • provided false information about their age to a cannabis establishment

Vehicle Lights, Sirens (SB 3495): Authorizes fire chiefs to place proper lighting on their emergency response vehicles even if the city or municipality does not own the vehicles themselves.

Registration Discount (SB 3609): Provides that registration fee for cars and small trucks manufactured in Illinois shall be reduced by $25.