March 9, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on March 9, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

Education

Reduction in Reporting (SB 3663): Requires the State Board of Education to 1.) Combine the Grant Periodic Reporting and Electronic Expenditure Reporting into one report; 2.) Require only school districts that have multiple facilities or schools to comply with the Site-Based Expenditure reporting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act; 3.) Combine the financial reporting required for all school districts into two reports and establishes a two-year moratorium on the salary and benefit survey. Requires the State Board of Education to review all reports on the ISBE Web Application system and eliminate all reports that the Board considers to be outdated or obsolete.

Education Support Personnel (SB 3709): Amends the School Code and adds a special education cooperative that dissolves or reorganizes to provisions concerning the continued employment of educational support personnel employees in a new, annexing, or receiving school district. Also, provides with respect to a special education cooperative reorganization, the contractual continued service status of a teacher transfers to the new or different board, and that it is unlawful for an employer to demote an employee because of the exercise of his or her rights or remedies under the Act.

Executive

Remove Racing Caps (SB 3158): Eliminates caps on the number of Off-Track Betting licenses, which licensed horse racetracks can be awarded by the Illinois Racing Board.

Child Removal Process (SB 3720): Creates the Bias-Free Child Removal Pilot Program Act. Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to establish a three-year, Bias-Free Child Removal Pilot Program for the purpose of promoting unbiased decision making in the child removal process, while maintaining the safety of children and reducing risk, with the goal of decreasing the overrepresentation of BIPOC children in out-of-home placements.

Tollway Control (SB 3796): Amends the Toll Highway Act. Removes powers of the Board Chairman to exercise general supervision. Provides for the appointment of an Executive Director of the Tollway Board under the advice and consent of the Senate to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.

 

Health

Hospital Merger (SB 1435): Provides that at the time of the application to operate under a single license, a hospital located in a county with fewer than 125,000 inhabitants may apply for approval to conduct operations from more than one location within contiguous counties in which both facilities are located, provided the second county has fewer than 35,000 inhabitants.

Judiciary

Landlord and Tenant Rights (SB 1097): Amends the Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Rights Act to update disclosures. Adds that a landlord or owner must include any formula used to determine rent in a clear dollar amount. All statements must show the name, address, and telephone number of the legal entity that owners the property (currently name, address, and telephone number of property manager or the property itself if no property manager exists. All tenants must be given a written notice of their right to a trial by jury. A park owner is prohibited from charging or imposing a pet fee on a tenant unless a service related to the pet is offered by the park owner and accepted by the tenant.

Licensed Activities

Pharmacy Practice (SB 2535): Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act by:

  • Requires that a licensed pharmacist shall dispense an opioid antagonist in accordance with written, standardized procedures or protocols developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
  • Before dispensing an opioid, a pharmacist shall inform patients that opioids are addictive and offer to dispense an opioid antagonist.

Amends the Controlled Substances Act by:

  • Requires prescribers who issue a prescription for an opioid shall inform the patient that opioids are addictive and that opioid antagonists are available by prescription or from a pharmacy.
  • In a hospital or institutions licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act, all prescribers of an opioid shall inform the patient that opioids are addictive and that opioid antagonists are available by prescription or from a pharmacy.
  • Upon discharge any patient who has overdosed on controlled substances shall be provided with an opioid antagonist. If that patient is unable to pay for the antagonist, then the State shall reimburse the hospital for the antagonist from federal grant funds to address substance use disorder or other State funds for the same purpose.

Pharmacy Practice (SB 4018): Provides for the Pharmacy Practice Act repealer extension and re-write. Act sunsets Jan. 1, 2028 (instead of Jan. 1, 2023).

Revenue

College Tuition Tax Credit (SB 1145): Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that starting in 2023, creates a college tuition expense income tax credit up to either:
•          the total amount in qualifying tuition/expenses the taxpayer paid during the tax year at a qualifying university; or
•          $500/$750/$1,000 (depending on the taxpayer's adjusted gross income), whichever is less.

Transportation

Infrastructure Funding (SB 1233): Becomes the bill. Creates the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy Act. Creates the Commission within IDOT to evaluate Illinois' existing transportation infrastructure funding and policy processes and develop alternative solutions.

Towing Notice (SB 3629): Provides that if a vehicle owner has a legal agreement with the owner of private property permitting the vehicle owner to park on the property, the owner or person in charge of the private property shall provide notice of a tow.