March 27, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by Senate Committees during the week of March 22-26. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/.

You can download the full summary here.

Agriculture

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 service person, service agency, or special sealer registered by the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, or by an inspector.

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.

Care of Animals (SB 1709): Requires a pet shop operator to sell dogs and cats that come from animal control facilities and shelters and not from dog or cat breeders. A pet shop operator must also keep a record of each dog or cat for sale.

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.

Wildlife Outfitters Permits (SB 2012): Requires the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to provide for a number of Wild Turkey Hunting Permits to be set aside specifically for wild turkey outfitters operating in this State with a valid outfitter permit.

Behavioral and Mental Health

EMS Systems (SB 693): Authorizes Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to request bypass or diversion of an emergency department and request transport to the closest or appropriate mental health facility under certain circumstances.

EMS Alternative Health Care (SB 1541): Permits alternative health care facilities to have limited participation in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System, specifically for mental health care patients.

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.

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.

Mental Health Information (SB 1970): Creates the Access to Basic Mental Health Information Act. Authorizes the following individuals, upon proof of identification, to obtain information regarding a recipient in a mental health facility if the individual declares that he/she is involved in the recipient’s care or paying for the recipient’s care and the individual meets certain requirements:  parent of a recipient; adult sibling of a recipient; adult child of a recipient; spouse of a recipient; adult grandchild of the recipient.

Behavioral Health Workforce Education (SB 1979): Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois, which will be administered by a public institution of higher education in Illinois. The Center shall leverage workforce and behavioral health resources, existing behavioral health partnerships, and align with State reforms to develop a behavioral health workforce development program in Illinois.

Commerce

Journalism Task Force (SB 134): Creates the Local Journalism Task Force Act to be administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  The Task Force is to study and review all aspects of local journalism, including adequate press coverage of communities, ratio of residents to media outlets, history of local news in Illinois, print and digital models of media outlets, impact by social media, and policy solutions to improve the sustainability of local press business models and private and non-profit solutions.

 

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.

 

Wipes Labeling Act (SB 294): Creates the Wipes Labeling Act. Provides that a covered entity must clearly and conspicuously label a covered product as “do not flush” in accordance with specified requirements. Provides that municipalities and counties have concurrent and exclusive authority to enforce the Act and to collect civil penalties for violations of the Act.

 

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.

 

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.

Criminal Law

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.

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.

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).

 Prostitution Expungement (SB 2136): Requires automatic expungement of all criminal history records of a conviction for felony prostitution committed prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act.

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.

Education

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. 

Rural Education Council (SB 1819): Establishes the Rural Education Advisory Council for the purpose of exchanging thoughtful dialog concerning the needs, challenges, and opportunities of rural districts and to provide policy recommendations to the State.

Special Education Eligibility (SB 1821): Provides that eligible students who reached or will reach their 22nd birthday between March 17, 2020, and the end of the 2021-2022 school year shall be given the option of extending their eligibility through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, to provide the students with an opportunity to participate in post-secondary transition activities and services, and pursue the goals under the student’s most recent individualized education program. Provides that the costs may be funded through available federal COVID-19 relief funds allocated to the State. 

ISBE School Code (SB 2043):  Provides the Sick Leave Bank Act does not apply to the State Board of Education, and the School Code. Also makes changes relating to ISBE’s strategic plan, a State mandate report, the School Technology Program, a reading advisory group, school district and school report cards, the suspension and expulsion of students, licensure requirements for educators trained in other states or countries, chronic absenteeism in preschool children, physical fitness assessments, State reimbursement for transportation, and the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force.

Educator Licensure (SB 2071):  Establishes a new social worker endorsement on an Educator with Stipulations license for an applicant who has: a master’s degree in social work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; and holds a valid Clinical Social Worker license.

Executive

Tobacco Compliance Checks (SB 555): Provides that the Illinois Department of Human Services may conduct compliance checks on tobacco and vape retailers to ensure that they are not selling tobacco products to individuals younger than the legal age of 21.

 

Tobacco Tax E-cigs (SB 1706): Removes cannabis vaping products from the definition of “electronic cigarette” to exempt them from tobacco taxes.

 

Lottery Scratch-offs (SB 1741): Extends the sale of the special instant scratch-off game to benefit Alzheimer’s care, support, education, and awareness to Jan. 1, 2025.

 

Juneteenth State Holiday (SB 1965): Provides that June 19 of each calendar year be observed as a state holiday known as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day.”

 

Lottery Child Abuse Prevention (SB 2090): Creates a new scratch-off game for the purposes of preventing child abuse. Diverts net revenues from the Common School Fund to the Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

 

House Bills Passed out of Committee

 

Health Care, Human Services Reforms (HB 158): Omnibus healthcare and human services reform bill. Many of the provisions that call for spending increases are subject to funding availability or subject to appropriation.

 

Legislative highlights include:

  • Medicaid coverage for a new class of healthcare workers: Community Health Workers. Medicaid coverage for doula and home-visiting services for the prenatal, pregnancy and 12-month postnatal periods.
  • $630 inpatient psychiatric rate per diem for psychiatric hospitals.
  • $50 million pool of funding for safety-net hospitals to maintain perinatal designation.
  • Requires implicit bias training for virtually every type of healthcare provider for license registration and renewals.
  • Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention language. Raises threshold of limited immunity for someone seeking emergency care for an overdose.
  • Creates the Underlying Causes of Crime and Violence Study Act to identify high-violence communities.
  • Creates the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care and Treatment Grant Program.
  • Creates the Medicaid Business Opportunity Commission to support women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Creates the Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission and authorizes it to impose financial penalties on managed care organizations.
  • Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act to address the behavioral health workforce crisis and to coordinate a role for workforce, research and planning.

 

Voting Reforms (HB 1871): Permits the Illinois State Board of Elections to make remaining Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds available to election authorities for the maintenance of secure collection sites for the return of absentee ballots. Permits election authorities to establish curb-side voting locations. They must designate at least two judges from opposite parties per vehicle. The voter must be able to mark the ballot without interference from the election judges. Requires election authorities to accept any absentee ballot returned, even if it has insufficient or no postage. Election authorities with drop-off sites must collect all ballots at the close of business each day and note the date the ballot is received. Ballots dropped off after the close of business on Election Day shall be considered as having been received on Election Day.

 

Cannabis Taxes (HB 2415): Provides that if a county passed an ordinance imposing a recreational cannabis sales tax on or before Oct. 1, 2020, and filed a certified copy of the ordinance with the Illinois Department of Revenue on or before Nov. 1, 2020, the Illinois Department of Revenue will begin to collect the tax on May 1, 2021.

Healthcare Access and Availability

Maternal Care Choice (SB 1826): Creates the Consumer Choice in Maternal Care for African-American Mothers Pilot Program Act. Requires the Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans to partner with community-based maternal care providers to develop rules and regulations for a Medicaid voucher pilot program to expand consumer choice for African American mothers.  Provides that the midwives must be licensed and registered in Illinois.

Prescription Monitoring Program (SB 1842): Authorizes the Prescription Monitoring Program to issue an unsolicited report to the prescribers and dispensers informing them of potential medication shopping, when a person has been identified as having five or more prescribers, or five or more pharmacies that do not utilize a common electronic file for controlled substances within the course of a six-month period.

Health

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.

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.

Higher Education

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.

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.

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.

Guidance Counselor Gift Ban (SB 1640): Provides that a guidance counselor may not solicit or accept any gift from a prohibited source in excess of $100 per year. An intentional violation of the gift ban can be charged as a business offense and is subject to a fine of $1,001 to $5,000.

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.

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.

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.

Human Rights

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.

Insurance

Testing Mandates (SB 1854): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code and the Illinois Public Aid Code to mandate coverage for A1C testing and vitamin D testing. Outlines risk factors and defines terms. 

 

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. 

 

Removes Age Cap (SB 1917): Removes the age cap regarding coverage for epinephrine injectors and epinephrine injectors applies to children ages 18 or younger. 

 

Life Insurance Policies (SB 2112): Provides a life insurance policy covering a person 64 years or older that has been in force for at least one year, cannot lapse due to non-payment of premium unless the insurer has mailed a notification of the impending lapse to the policy owner and to a specified secondary addressee and agent of record.

Judiciary

Privileged Communications (SB 64): Creates certain privileges that would make communications during restorative justice practices inadmissible in any civil, juvenile, criminal, or administrative proceeding.

Section 8 Housing (SB 154): Prevents the Illinois Housing Development Authority from restricting any tenant from having one or more household pets with them in their housing unit. Adds a definition of “common household pet” to mean a domesticated animal such as a dog or cat which is commonly kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes.

Mental Health Facility (SB 586): Clarifies that a “mental health facility” doesn’t include a facility for a person whose admission is solely to receive treatment for a condition other than a mental illness, but who continues to receive previously-prescribed mental health treatment on a voluntary basis while admitted to the facility.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Labor

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.

Licensed Activities

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.

 

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.

Nurse Licensure Compact (SB 2068): Allows for the issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states. Provides that the Compact does not supersede existing State labor laws.

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.

Local Government

Vegetable Gardens (SB 170): Provides that any person may cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property in any municipality or county, and allows regulation by local ordinance.

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.

Overdue Utility Debt (SB 1794): Seeks to incentivize electric utility companies like Com Ed to settle existing debts. Several suburban municipalities claim that utility companies are collecting late fees and are extremely delayed in forwarding those fees on to municipalities.

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.

Infected Tree Control (SB 1893): Allows county boards to adopt reasonable regulations for the control and eradication of diseased, damaged, dead, or insect-infested trees infected by specific insects/organisms.

Pensions

Automatic Enrollment Deferred Compensation (SB 2103): Makes technical corrections to the automatic enrollment aspect of public employees’ deferred compensation plan and provides automatic annual increases for said plan.

TRS Military Credit (SB 2149): Provides that Teachers Retirement System (TRS) members shall be allowed more granted service credit than the five-year limitation if the service is at most 30 days of involuntary service, drill or battle assembly or other mandatory training. Allows military service TRS members to not have to purchase credit for times when they are absent outside of their control.

Revenue

Affordable Rental AV Reduction (SB 330): Creates a program to lower assessed value for new construction/renovated affordable rental units, and for that period of 10 years, at least 15 percent of the multi-family building’s units will have rents that are at or below maximum rents and are occupied by households with household incomes at or below maximum income limits. A renewal is available for up to two additional 10-year periods.

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.

Energy Transition Zone (SB 1747): Provides for the certification by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity of municipal ordinances designating an area as an Energy Transition Zone. Provides that green energy enterprises located in Energy Transition Zones shall be eligible to apply for certain tax incentives.

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.

Data Center Tax Incentive (SB 2182): Clarifies that campus-style data center facilities are allowed and encouraged, by providing that qualifying data centers must meet certain standards. Clean-up legislation to further align the statute with industry standards, and to make several changes to ensure a smooth implementation for both the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the industry.

State Government

Infrastructure Development Act (SB 117): Allows the Illinois Treasurer to make investments from the Treasure’s State investment portfolio, concerning the Infrastructure Development Account.

 

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.            

 

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.”  

   

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.

 

Equal Justice Foundation Grantor Agency Designation (SB 1698): Designates the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation as a “grantor agency” under the Grant Recovery Act.

 

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.

 

ISP Modernization (SB 2037): Renames the Illinois Department of State Police to the Illinois State Police (ISP). Makes additional changes to modernize the ISP statute, including restructuring agency divisions, eliminating non-existent positions, consolidating code sections, adding a new agency division of Academy and Training, and  eliminating old sections.

 

DOIT Act (SB 2175): Reconfigures the enabling act for the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DOIT).

 

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.

Transportation

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.

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.

Veterans Affairs

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. 

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.