May 28, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on May 27. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

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Bills that were reported passed by the Senate on May 27

Parental Notification (HB 15):  Requires all school districts (including Chicago Public Schools) to provide written notification to the parent or guardian of a student who commits an act of misconduct involving offensive touching, a physical altercation, or the use of violence.  A school is to make reasonable attempts to provide a copy of any disciplinary report resulting from an investigation into a student’s act of misconduct to the student’s parent or guardian within two school days after the completion of the report.  

DCFS Cleanup (HB 19): Clarifies professional requirements for members wanting to serve on the Illinois Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) License Board. States that DCFS must respond to requests from the public about its post-placement and post-adoption support services no later than one business day (currently, 24 hours) after receiving the request.

Sexting (HB 24): Requires sex education classes in grades 6th through 12th to include age-appropriate discussion about sexting that includes the following: possible consequences of sharing sexualize media; situations in which bullying or harassment may result; possible long-term legal, social, academic, and other consequences; importance of using the Internet safely; individuals in school who may be contacted for assistance; and strategies for resisting peer pressure.

Website Accessibility Guidelines (HB 26): Provides school districts must require that the Internet Web site or Web service comply with Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 or any revised version of those guidelines. 

In-State Facility (HB 41): Offers that prior to the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility, a school district, Illinois placing agency, or court must refer to the child or the child’s parent or guardian the option to place the child in a special education residential facility located within this State that provides treatment and services comparable to those provided by the out-of-state facility. A school district, Illinois placing agency, or court is required to annually review the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility and to refer placement in a comparable facility located within this State. 

Smoke Detectors (HB 51): Amends the Smoke Detector Act to remove language providing that specified smoke detector requirements shall not apply to dwelling units and hotels within municipalities with a population of more than one million inhabitants.

Restrictive Covenants (HB 58): Provides the conditions for which an individual or a common interest community association or cooperative can file an unlawful covenant modification. A restrictive covenant is a legally binding contractual obligation that restricts the use of land or property.

Amusement Ride Safety (HB 60): Amends the Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Act. Adds “trampoline court” to the definition of “amusement ride.” Adds language that specifies that any slide that is placed in a playground that does not require supervision or services to operate is NOT an “amusement ride.” Adds language that specifies that any slide that is not open to the public and which is accessed through admission or invitation is NOT an “amusement ride.”

TANF Cash Eligibility (HB 88): Prohibits persons from being determined ineligible for TANF cash assistance based upon a conviction for any drug-related felony under state or federal law.

Anaphylactic Policy (HB 102): Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, shall establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed both for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis.  Provides the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shall require each licensed daycare center, daycare home, and group daycare home to have a plan for anaphylactic shock to be followed for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis

Publish Corporation List (HB 115): Sets out to eliminate distribution and fee requirements for lists of corporations that are published by the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS). Replaces this methodology with a stipulation that SOS publish the lists as “open data” available to anyone.

Secure Choice Savings Program (HB 117): Expands employer mandate by amending the Secure Choice Savings Program. Expands the program to include employers with five or more employees.

Prescription Drug Repository (HB 119): Creates the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act and requires the creation of the Prescription Drug Repository Program.

School Team Uniforms (HB 120): Requires the governing board of each school district, public university, and community college to allow a student athlete to modify his/her team uniform for the purpose of modesty in clothing or attire that is in accordance with the requirements of his/her religion.

Discrimination Prevention (HB 121): Amends the Human Rights Act. Provides that it is the public policy of the State to prevent discrimination based on the specific status or term of status that accompanies a legal work authorization.

Early Cancellation (HB 122): Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that, subject to federal law and regulation, no provider of telephone, cellular telephone, television, Internet, energy, medical alert system, or water services shall impose a fee for termination or early cancellation of a service contract if the customer dies before the end of the contract.

Benefits Expansion (HB 155): Provides that if the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service makes available a waiver to the States permitting SNAP and WIC recipients to use their benefits to purchase diapers and menstrual hygiene products, then the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is required to apply for the waiver and implement the provisions upon federal approval.

Religious Fasting (HB 160): Provides a student shall be excused from engaging in any physical activity components of a physical education course during a period of religious fasting if the student’s parent or guardian notifies the school principal in writing that the student is participating in religious fasting. 

Driver’s License Suspension (HB 161): Allows the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) to terminate a driver’s license suspension following an accident when the statute of limitations has expired and no action has been filed against the driver during the statute of limitations period. Provides that the SOS may return security deposits made by the at-fault driver upon the expiration of the relevant statute of limitations or two years from the date of default in an installment agreement, whichever is later.

Dog Fighting (HB 168): Allows the court to order those who have been convicted of two or more of the following animal offenses from owning, harboring, or having custody or control of any other animals: a violation of aggravated cruelty; a violation of animals for entertainment; or a violation of dog fighting.

Excused Absences (HB 169):  Provides that a child may be absent from a public school because of religious reasons, including the observance of a religious holiday or participation in religious instruction. Also provides that a district superintendent shall develop and distribute to schools appropriate procedures regarding a student’s absence for religious reasons, how schools are notified of a student’s impending absence for religious reasons, and the requirements related to making up exams and coursework for the days or time the student was absent. 

Quick-Take Woodstock (HB 185): Provides that quick-take proceedings may be used for a period of no more than two years after the effective date by the City of Woodstock for the acquisition of certain described property for the purpose of widening the right-of-way proximate to the intersection of Madison Street, South Street, and Lake Avenue to construct a traffic roundabout.

Drug Labeling (HB 279): Codifies that an oral drug would be considered misbranded if gluten is an inactive ingredient and has not been listed on the label.

State’s Attorney (HB 282): Provides that upon receipt of a written request by the superintendent of the county Veterans Assistance Commission, the State’s Attorney shall have the discretionary authority to render an opinion, without fee or reward, upon any question of law relating to a matter in which the county Veterans Assistance Commission may be concerned.

Special Education Guide (HB 290):  Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Human Services, through school districts, shall provide to parents and guardians of students a copy of the Department of Human Services’ guide titled “Understanding PUNS: A Guide to Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services” each year at the annual review meeting for the student’s individualized education program. 

School Speed Limits (HB 343): Provides that for the purpose of the Illinois Vehicle Code section concerning special speed limits while passing schools, a school day begins at 6:30 a.m. (rather than 7:00 a.m.).

Roadside Memorials (HB 365): Provides that on and after July 1, 2021, a DUI memorial marker shall bear the message “Don’t Drive Under the Influence” (rather than “Please Don’t Drink and Drive”). Provides that a fatal accident memorial marker shall consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message “Reckless Driving Costs Lives” if the victim or victims died as a proximate result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide. Provides that all other fatal accident memorial markers shall consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message “Drive With Care.”

State Auditing (HB 368): Allows special assistant auditors to view all information that a full audit requires.

Animal Parts Ban (HB 395): Amends the Ivory Ban Act by renaming the Act the Animal Parts and Products Ban Act. Makes the Act applicable to animal parts or products. 

High Speed Railway (HB 399): Creates the High Speed Railway Commission to create a statewide plan for a high-speed rail line and feeder network connecting St. Louis and Chicago that includes current existing Amtrak and Metra services, connects the cities of Rockford, Moline, Peoria, and Decatur, and uses inter-city bus service to coordinate with the rail line.

Hearing Officer (HB 410): Exempts Judges from the formal training requirements for administrative hearing officers.

Forest Preserve District (HB 417): Allows the Cook County forest preserve district to use other lawfully available revenue toward the pension fund in lieu of all or part of the property tax levy.

Military Dependent Enrollment (HB 557): Provides that if, at the time of enrollment, a dependent of United States military personnel is housed in temporary housing located outside of a school district (including Chicago Public Schools), but will be living within the district within six months (instead of within 60 days), the dependent must be allowed to enroll and must not be charged tuition. 

Higher Education Savings (HB 573): Establishes the Illinois Higher Education Savings Program as a part of the College Savings Pool, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.

Mental Health Day (HB 576): Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code.  Provides that an absence caused by the mental or behavioral health of a student shall be included in the exceptions for required school attendance.

Human Trafficking (HB 588): Provides certain businesses and establishments may post the notice required by the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act in all restrooms open to the public.

Sarcoidosis Awareness Month (HB 590): Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Designates April of each year as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.

IEMA Radiochemistry Lab (HB 592): Requires the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to   develop and maintain a radiochemical laboratory and program capable of preparing environmental samples, performing analyses, quantification, and reporting for assessment and radiation exposure control due to accidental radioactive releases from nuclear power plant into the environment.

Vegetable Gardens (HB 633): Pre-empts Home Rule and creates a new Garden Act that states that any person may cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property in any municipality or county.

Solar Panels (HB 644): Provides that a property owner may not prohibit the installation of a solar energy system, but may determine the specific configuration of the solar energy system on any given roof facing. Provides that a homeowners association or condo association must provide a policy statement on solar panels within 75 days of a request (currently 120 days). An application for installing a solar panel system with an association must be decided within 60 days of submission of the application (currently 90 days).

Motorcyclist Passenger Footrest (HB 656): Requires a passenger of a motorcycle to be capable of resting a foot on the footrest while the motorcycle is in motion.

Healthcare Surrogate (HB 704): Amends the Health Care Surrogate Act. Provides that “attending physician,” “healthcare provider,” and “qualified physician” include a physician licensed in the state where the patient is being treated.   

State Employee Group Insurance (HB 706): Amends the State Employee Group Insurance Act of 1971 to make several technical changes and to align the Act with federal regulations and current practices. Major changes include: 1.) Clarifying coverage through MCOs and OAPs is authorized; 2.) clarifying the amount of a dependent’s life insurance coverage is based on the dependent’s age, not the annuitant’s; 3.) removes the proof of other insurance coverage requirement when opting out of group health insurance; 4.) removes the limit on the time period a person may re-enroll in group health insurance; and 5.) clarifies refunds can be paid for any premiums paid in error.

Prior Authorization Reform (HB 711): Creates the Prior Authorization Reform Act for the purposes of creating a transparent, fair, and consistent prior authorization process for health care providers and patients. Requires health insurers to publish on their Web sites, a list of all services in which require a prior authorization. Includes services where prior authorization is performed by an entity under contract with the insurer.

Radon Sampling (HB 713): Provides that all electronic radon detection devices sold in this State to radon contractors, must be calibrated to ensure the accuracy and precision of their measurements of radon and radon progeny.

Healthcare Records (HB 714): Requires a healthcare facility or practitioner to provide a free copy of a patient’s medical records for the purpose of supporting a claim for: Federal Veterans’ Disability Benefits; Federal Social Security Benefits; or, Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled Benefits.

No-Contact Order (HB 734): Allows for a permanent civil no-contact order in cases where a conviction for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse has been entered.

Birthing Centers Expansion (HB 738): Expands the number of birthing centers under the demonstration program from 10 to 17, with the expansion being targeted to Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties.

STD Prescriptions (HB 739): Adds the sexually transmitted disease trichomoniasis to a list of infections for which a health care professional may prescribe, dispense, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to the infected person’s sexual partner or partners for the treatment of the disease without a physical examination.

College Savings Programs (HB 741): Changes the College Savings Pool by updating and clarifying provisions related to the Bright Start and Bright Directions College Savings Programs and recent federal changes allowing 529 College Savings Accounts to be used for apprenticeship program expenses.

University Admission Program (HB 796): Requires the University of Illinois to create a four-year uniform admission system pilot program to admit community college transfer students.

Firefighter Appointments (HB 809): Clarifies that the fire Joint Labor and Management Committee is not mandated to establish or operate a community outreach program or a master register of eligible firefighter candidates, or to contract with a testing agency to establish or operate these programs.

Probate Money (HB 814): Provides that if the estate of a ward consists only of money, the court may order, among other dispositions, that the money be deposited in a qualified tuition program.

Lawyer Assistance Program (HB 835): Provides for the repeal of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program Fund and program funding. Provides for the transfer of the balance of the money in the Lawyers’ Assistance Program Fund to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Alzheimer’s Scratch-off (HB 848): Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Extends the sunset date of the Alzheimer’s scratch-off from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2025.

Juvenile Permanency Goals (HB 1068): Provides that at a permanency hearing, allows for permanent guardianship of the minor as long as the other permanency goals have been deemed inappropriate and not in the child’s best interests (rather than ruled out). Requires the court confirm that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has discussed adoption, if appropriate, and guardianship with the caregiver prior to changing a goal to guardianship.

Local School Councils (HB 1158): Provides that beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the membership of the local school council for each secondary attendance center shall include three full-time student members (rather than one full-time student member). 

ISD/ISVI Superintendents (HB 1710): Amends the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act. Requires the Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf to have a degree in educational administration, together with at least 10 years of experience in either deaf or hard of hearing education, the administration of deaf or hard of hearing education, or a combination of the two. Requires the Superintendent of the Illinois School of the Visually Impaired to have a degree in educational administration, together with at least 10 years of experience in either blind or visually impaired education, or a combination of the two.

School Counselors (HB 1719): Replaces the terms “school guidance counselor” and “guidance counselor” with the term “school counselor” in the School Code, the Seizure Smart School Act, the College and Career Success for All Students Act, the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, and the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act.

No Contact Family Member (HB 1742): Allows a family or household member of a victim of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration to file a petition for a civil no contact order. However, the petition must include a statement that the victim has consented to the filing of the petition.

Prescription Drugs Co-Pay (HB 1745): Amends the Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act to makes changes to the prescription drug benefit structure for individual and group health plans. Requires individual plans to apply a flat-dollar copay structure for at least 10% of the plans beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and increase to at least 25 percent of the plans beginning Jan. 1, 2024. Requires group plans to apply a flat-dollar copay structure for at least one plan beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and increase to at least two plans beginning Jan. 1, 2024.

DCFS Liaison (HB 1746): Provides that each school board must appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment and transfer of records of students in the legal custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services when enrolling or changing schools, by the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

Local Government Grants (HB 1760): Provides that for grants to local governments for parks and recreation under the Open Space Lands Acquisition Act, an advance payment of a minimum of 50 percent of a grant must be made to the local government at the time the grant is awarded.

DCFS Per Diem (HB 1776): Extends the provision concerning the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services per diem rates for inpatient psychiatric stays through July 1, 2023. Also requires hospitals with a pediatric or adolescent inpatient psychiatric units to be included. 

ISAC Student Members (HB 1802): Provides that the term of a student member on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall be for two years and until a successor is appointed.

Collection Agency Fees (HB 1803): Provides that any fees collected under the Collection Agency Act are to be deposited into the Financial Institution Fund rather than the General Professions Fund. Upon becoming law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may transfer any fees collected under this Act from the General Professions Fund to the Financial Institutions Fund.

Mental Health Support (HB 1805): Amends the Illinois Department of Human Services Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Illinois Department of Human Services shall permanently establish the Call4Calm text line to support Illinois residents’ mental health needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

ABLE Account Program (HB 1836): Allows for funds remaining in an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) account to be transferred pursuant to a payable on death account agreement executed by the designated beneficiary or designated representative. Provides that the Illinois State Treasurer may require verification that funeral/burial expenses of the beneficiary have been paid.

Highway Commissioner Notification (HB 1916): Provides that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shall update its policy for providing notification of construction projects to the public. Provides that the policy shall include a requirement that IDOT contact the highway commissioner located in each IDOT district that will be impacted by a proposed construction project.

Industrial Park (HB 1931): Amends the definition of “Industrial Park” with regard to redevelopment and capital projects, to include the disposal of surplus real estate owned by a municipality.

Building Fees (HB 1932): States that counties, municipalities and townships may waive fees for building, inspection, and construction work that is taking place after a disaster, in the interests of welfare, recovery, and public safety of the community.

Financial Audits (HB 1934): Allows a regional office of education or educational service center to utilize a cash basis, modified cash basis, or generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statements relative to the Illinois Auditor General’s annual financial audits of a regional superintendent of schools or educational service region.  Requires audit reports to be published on the Auditor General’s Web site and distributed in accordance with the Illinois State Auditing Act. 

Holding Company (HB 1955): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to update the Insurance Holding Company Systems Article in order to maintain accreditation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Authorizes the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance to act as a group-wide supervisor for an internationally active insurance group.

DOI Cleanup (HB 1957): Corrects several drafting errors and provides clarification regarding the timing of mental health parity provisions in policies. Changes the workers’ compensation pool actuarial filing date from June 1 to March 1. Partially codifies the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-29 into law by allowing a Webinar option for the ethics requirement completion.

Teacher Service Credit (HB 1966): Allow teachers to buy up to two years of credit for service at parochial school.

School Safety Drills (HB 2400): Amends the School Safety Drill Act, and replaces references to “law enforcement drill” with “law enforcement lockdown drill” throughout the School Safety Drill Act. Provides lockdown drills must not include simulations that mimic an actual shooting incident or active shooter event. Requires schools to provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any walk-through lockdown drill that involves the participation of students. Schools must also provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill. 

Insurance Guaranty Fund (HB 2405): Amends the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund Article under the Illinois Insurance Code to clarify the Fund’s authority to contract with the Illinois Department of Insurance to provide consulting and claims-related services.

Special Education Complaints (HB 2425):  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services in the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year by the Chicago Public Schools system as a result of the adoption of policies and procedures identified by the Illinois State Board of Education as unlawful must be filed on or before Sept. 30, 2022.

Special Meetings (HB 2449): Allows the County Board Chair to hold special meetings regardless whether they are elected by voters at large or from the Board Members.

Permit Fees (HB 2454): Permits counties and municipalities to either waive or provide credit for any application/permit costs, fees, or other business regulation costs to an application/review process and will require a demonstration of need based on financial or logistical hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Antique Vehicles (HB 2548): Allows that an expanded-use antique vehicle may be driven on the highways for purposes other than travel to and from an antique auto show or an exhibition or for servicing or demonstration from March 1 through Nov. 30 (instead of April 1 through Oct. 31).

E-Learning Option (HB 2570): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to add an eLearning option for the fulfillment of motor vehicle accident prevention courses.

School Bus Safety (HB 2584): Allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish by rule a pilot program to permit the testing of safety equipment not otherwise prohibited by State or federal law. Adds language that states that safety devices under the pilot program shall not be deemed in violation of the width restrictions.

Colonoscopy Coverage (HB 2653): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require coverage for a follow-up colonoscopy exam where the initial screening determined the colonoscopy was medically necessary.

Court-Ordered Counseling (HB 2741): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Provides that counseling ordered under this Act is subject to the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act and federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Charter Schools Audit (HB 2795): Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. With respect to a charter school’s retention of an outside, independent contractor to audit the charter school’s finances, provides that the contractor shall not be an employee of the charter school or affiliated with the charter school or its authorizer in any way, other than to audit the charter school’s finances. 

Illinois Constitution Day (HB 2834): Provides that Aug. 26 of each year be designated as “Illinois Constitution Day,” to commemorate Aug. 26, 1818, as the day Illinois ratified its first State Constitution. 

Construction Consent (HB 2863): Provides that, in the case of township roads, the county superintendent of highways may either grant consent for construction or deny the application. Provides that the county superintendent of highways shall provide written confirmation, citing the basis of the decision, to both the highway commissioner and the applicant.

EMS Systems (HB 2864): Amends the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. Provides that, in a rural population of 5,000 or fewer inhabitants, each EMS System Medical Director may create an exception to the credentialing process to allow registered nurses, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses to apply to serve as volunteers who perform the same work as Emergency Medical Technicians.

Veterans Gardening Day (HB 2894): Provides that the first Saturday in May of each year be observed as Veterans Gardening Day, in honor and remembrance of veterans and as celebrated with appropriate activities.

Child Welfare Report (HB 2914): Provides that no later than Dec. 31, 2022, and no later than Dec. 31 of each year thereafter, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shall prepare and submit an annual report, covering the previous fiscal year, to the General Assembly regarding racial disparities for children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Epilepsy Services Reimbursement (HB 3025): Requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to reimburse epilepsy specialists to provide treatment services or related disorders via telehealth.

Contracted Claims Report (HB 3069): Removes requirement that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services post the contracted claims report required by HealthChoice Illinois on its Web site every three months.

Mandated Reporter (HB 3100): Requires mandated reporters to complete an initial in-person or Web-based implicit bias training. The training must include information on implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity. Requires the training to provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately eliminate discriminatory behaviors.

State Education Equity (HB 3114): Creates the State Education Equity Committee within the State Board of Education and repeals the Advisory Council on At-Risk Students. 

Pandemic Contact Policy (HB 3147): Provides that, upon request, a facility shall make every reasonable effort to facilitate at least one phone call or video call between a resident and a single family member of the resident each day during a disaster declared by the Governor under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that during a pandemic or other public health emergency, a hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act shall develop and implement a contact policy to encourage patients’ ability to engage with family members throughout the duration of the pandemic or other public health emergency.

Wellness Mandate/Navigators (HB 3175): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to correct a discrepancy in Illinois law, the Administrative Code, and federal law regarding the wellness cap percentage. Amends the Navigator Certification Act to prohibit navigators from engaging in unfair or fraudulent methods in regard to the health marketplace and enrolling an individual in a health benefit plan.

Domestic Violence Task Force (HB 3317): Creates the Domestic Violence Task Force to establish a consistent, uniform statewide system to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence, while holding offenders accountable.

Unpaid Leave (HB 3582): Amends the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act. Expands the types of codified events for which an employee can take leave. Expands the definition of family member covered under the Act.

Illinois Credit Unions (HB 3698): Allows credit unions to serve targeted populations in addition to investment areas. Also, authorizes credit unions to meet virtually, appoint associate directors, and to meet quarterly rather than monthly. A credit union can loan or invest up to 6 percent, rather than 3 percent, into a credit union service organization.

Infertility Coverage (HB 3709): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to make changes to sections regarding infertility coverage.

Resident Safety (HB 3786): Provides that if credible evidence in an investigation indicates that an employee of a facility for persons with mental health or developmental disabilities is the perpetrator of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, then that employee shall be immediately barred from any future contact with residents of the facility.

Uninsured Motorist Penalties (HB 3855): Provides that drivers from out-of-state are subject to the penalties for uninsured motorists under the Illinois Vehicle Code. 

Police Vehicles (HB 3882): Changes the definition of “police vehicle” to include recreational off-highway vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft.

Contact With Media (HB 3886): Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to prohibit the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) from preventing its youth from communicating with the media if they choose. When media request to speak with a minor, DCFS shall provide notice to the minor, minor’s attorney, and guardian ad litem within one business day.

Positive Action (HB 3914): Amends the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides requirements concerning Positive Action toward addressing systemic racism and barriers to increase workforce diversity in State employment. Requires each State agency to establish the goal of increasing diversity on interview panels in order to increase State employment opportunities provided to women, minority persons, and specified other persons. Makes other changes.

Dual Credit Courses (HB 3950): Requires school districts and community colleges to ensure that students with disabilities have access to dual credit courses.