May 30, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on May 29. 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 29

IDFPR Licensing (HB 14): Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes the following changes: 1). Requires the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation (IDFPR), if they refuse to issue a license or certificate or grant registration to an applicant based upon a criminal conviction or convictions, to include in its notification to the applicant an explanation of how exactly the conviction directly related to and would prevent the person from effectively engaging in the position for which a license, registration, or certificate is sought. 2.) Requires IDFPR to post on its website a list of all State licensing restrictions that would prohibit an applicant from working in a position for which a license is sought. 3.) In provisions concerning an annual report summarizing statistical information relating to new license, certification, or registration applications during the preceding calendar year, requires IDFPR to also include the types of criminal convictions that contributed to the denial of a license, certificate, or registration.

Gold Star Plates (HB 20): Removes the $151 registration fee for Gold Star license plates for a surviving widow, widower, or parent of a person who served in the United States Armed Forces and lost his/her life while in wartime service.

Department on Aging Fact Sheet (HB 32): Provides that, on an annual basis, requires each recipient of home-delivered meals to receive a fact sheet developed by the Illinois Department on Aging with a current list of toll free numbers to access various information on health conditions, elder abuse and programs for persons 60 years of age and older.

Substance Use Treatment (HB 33): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to prohibit life insurers from denying an individual, limiting the amount, kind or extent of coverage solely based on the individual’s participation in a substance use treatment program no less than five years before apply or if the individual obtained an opioid antagonist.

Enterprise Zone Act (HB 34): Adds requirements concerning enterprise zone applications and provisional certification and decertification of enterprise zones. Modifies requirements concerning qualifications for enterprise zones. Modifies reporting requirements under the Act.

Disability Guardian (HB 55): Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that in the case of an intellectual disability, the required report for a petition for adjudication of disability and for appointment of a guardian may include a psychological evaluation by a clinical psychologist within one year of the date of the filing of the petition (rather than requiring an analysis by a licensed physician).

Hospital Licensing (HB 68): Amends the Hospital Report Card Act to include statistics specifically about women’s health in a reporting period, including, but not limited to, female patients with underlying condition(s) COVID-19 statistics 

Tinted Windows (HB 96): Adds “light sensitivity as a result of a traumatic brain injury” to the list of medical conditions for which a person is eligible for the tinted windows license plate and therefor exempt from certain window tint restrictions.

Service Credit Transfer (HB 126): Allows a Downstate Police Pension Fund member to transfer service credit previously earned in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to their Downstate Pension Fund.

Chicago Fire Labor History (HB 202): Requires that Chicago city firefighters receive training in the history of the labor movement in their profession.

Mental Health Education (HB 212): Amends the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003. Requires the Children’s Mental Health Plan to include recommendations for ensuring all Illinois youth receive mental health education and have access to mental health care in the school setting. In developing these recommendations, the Children’s Mental Health Partnership must consult with the Illinois State Board of Education, education practitioners, healthcare professionals, disability advocates, and other representatives as necessary to ensure the interests of all students are represented.

TIF Extensions (HB 227): Extends a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the City of Ottawa from 23 to 35 years, and adds a 12-year TIF extension for the Lake Street Corridor TIF in Melrose Park created in 2007.

Transportation Performance Program (HB 253): Requires the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to establish and implement a transportation performance program for all transportation projects under its jurisdiction including the department’s annual Multi-Year Plan. Requires that IDOT apply different weights to the performance measures based on regional geography or project type. Projects selected as part of the process shall be included in the State’s multi-year transportation plan and the annual element of the multi-year plan. Requires that starting Jan. 1, 2022, no project shall be included in the multi-year transportation plan or annual element without being evaluated under the selection process. Also requires the Regional Transportation Authority to establish a similar program for transit projects in Northeast Illinois.

Temporary Guardian (HB 263): Amends the Guardians For Adults with Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian for an alleged person with a disability shall be filed at the time of or subsequent to the filing of a petition for adjudication of disability and appointment of a guardian. Requires specified information in petitions for appointment of temporary guardian. Provides that notice of the appointment of a temporary guardian shall be given at least three days before the hearing.

Ward Preferences (HB 266): Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that a guardian shall consider the ward’s current preferences to the extent the ward has the ability to participate in decision making when the preferences are known or reasonably ascertainable by the guardian. The guardian’s decisions shall conform to the ward’s current preferences unless the guardian reasonably believes it would result in substantial harm to the ward’s welfare or personal or financial interests; and so long as those decisions give substantial weight. If the guardian is unable to ascertain the ward’s preferences, the decisions may be made by conforming as closely as possible to what the ward would have done or intended under the circumstances.

Admission Document Extension (HB 357): Extends the amount of time that a long-term care facility has to submit new admissions with associated admission documents to the Illinois Department of Human Services from 45 to 120 days after first arrival of the resident at the facility.  

Truck Regulations (HB 396): Updates truck weight and length regulations to better reflect federal laws.

Leave of Absence (HB 426): Amends the Chicago Police Article of the Pension Code. Clarifies provisions surrounding applying for service credits for “investigative work.” Adds a provision saying that credits will not be granted to an officer who, before their date of retirement, has not contributed to the fund within five years after the approval of their application. Creates a deadline of Dec. 21, 2022, for reconsideration of service application.

Rehabilitation Services (HB 452): Makes a number of technical fixes and clean-ups to the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act to reflect current practices, update statutes, and align with federal law.

Youth Suicide Prevention (HB 577): Amends the School Code.  Makes changes to provisions regarding youth suicide prevention and awareness by adding some of the characteristics of students that are at an increased risk of suicide. 

Student ID Information (HB 597): Requires each school district (including Chicago Public Schools) to provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line on the back of each student ID card issued by the district.

Fire Advisory Commission (HB 640): Adds two ex officio members to the Illinois Fire Advisory Commission: one from the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and one from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Illinois.

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (HB 665): Requires the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish and support entrepreneurship assistance centers.

Veterans Plates (HB 694): Provides that, with respect to the supporting documentation required to obtain a plate for a veteran with a disability, the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) shall allow an applicant to redact information on the documentation that pertains to the nature of the applicant’s health issue. Allows the SOS to require an applicant to disclose information necessary to confirm that the applicant’s disability is service-connected or to establish the degree of the applicant’s disability.
 
Payment of Fees (HB 842): Amends the Adult Guardianship Article of the Probate Act of 1975 so that instead of the court ordering the petitioner to pay all fees or amounts of the guardian ad litem or appointed counsel if the respondent or their estate is unable to pay, the allocation of guardian ad litem fees and costs is within the discretion of the court. No costs, in addition to legal fees or appointed counsel fees, shall be assessed against the Office of the State Guardian, public guardian, adult protective services agency, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, or agency designated by the Governor under the Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

Financial Benefits (HB 1207): Allows for potential employers to discuss certain financial benefits a prospective employee would forfeit should the prospective employee resign from their current position.

Background Checks (HB 1765): Prohibits a law enforcement agency or an officer from knowingly and intentionally conducting a background check of a person for the sole reason of that person speaking at an open meeting of a public body, including police disciplinary boards. Makes exception for reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct or a reasonable suspicion of a threat to security at the meeting. Also does not apply whenever the person speaking at an open meeting of the public body is also under consideration for appointment to a government position by that public body.

Suicide Prevention Info (HB 1778): Provides that each school district that serves pupils in any of grades 6-12, and that issues an ID card to pupils shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988), the Crisis Text Line, and either the Safe2Help Illinois helpline or a local suicide prevention hotline or both on the ID card.

Illinois Trust Code (HB 1795): Amends the Illinois Trust Code (ITC) to clarify several areas of original bill. Examples of the Trailer Bill’s ITC clarifications include: 1.) Added definitions of terms in Article I which appear in multiple places in the ITC and added consistency other definitions, e.g., a “qualified beneficiary”; 2.) Clarifying that someone other than a settlor may create a trust, e.g., a court in a special-needs setting; and 3.) Clarifying the “pre-ITC” and “post-ITC” dividing line of the applicability of notice and accounting sections.

Veterans Task Force (HB 1815): 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 July 1, 2021, with a report to be issued by Dec. 31, 2022. The Task Force would dissolve on Dec. 31, 2023.

Injunctive Relief (HB 1831): Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 to allow a licensee or interested party who successfully obtains injunctive relief against a party who is in violation of the Act be awarded reasonable attorney’s fees.

Disability Discrimination (HB 1838): Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to provide that discrimination based on disability includes unlawful discrimination against an individual because of the individual’s association with a person with a disability.

Aftercare Plan Requirement (HB 1854): Provides that when a recipient of voluntary or involuntary services is being discharged from an inpatient facility, the Illinois Department of Human Services is required to provide the recipient and the recipient’s guardian, or other legally authorized representative, a written aftercare plan prior to the recipient’s discharge from the facility.

Fold of Honor Decals (HB 1915): Allows for the issuance of Fold of Honor special license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Tuberculosis Sanitariums (HB 1926): Repeals the City and Village Tuberculosis Sanitariums Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. Amends the Counties Code, Illinois Municipal Code, and the Tuberculosis Sanitarium District Act making conforming changes.

Aviation Enthusiast Decals (HB 1927): Provides that the Illinois chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association shall have the authority to issue Aviation Enthusiast decals. In addition to the standard $151 fee, the decals will have an annual renewal fee of $25.

Quad Cities Decals (HB 1928): Allows for the issuance of Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

TIF Extensions (HB 2061): Provides for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District extensions for the City of Mount Carroll and the Village of Elizabeth.

Comprehensive Cancer Testing (HB 2109): Creates a new comprehensive cancer testing mandate section under the Illinois Insurance Code and makes conforming changes to the HMO Act.

Standardized Data Collection (HB 2394): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to collaborate to develop a standardized format for mental and behavioral health data collection, no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

DCEO BRIMPA (HB 2411): Requires data centers to be certified as carbon neutral within two years of being put into service. As well as, extends the Brownfields Redevelopment and Intermodal Promotion Act (BRIMPA) for projects through Fiscal Year 2026.

Suburban Mass Transit (HB 2413): Provides for the discontinuance of the Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District on Jan. 1, 2021.

Public Defender Task Force (HB 2427): Creates the Public Defender Quality Defense Task Force to study the caseload of public defenders and determine the optimal caseload for public defenders in the state.

Electronic System Implementation (HB 2432): Changes the deadline for the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) to implement the electronic lien and title system created by House Bill 2856 in the 101st General Assembly from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022.

Motor Vehicle Franchise (HB 2435): Amends the Motor Vehicle Franchise Act by providing that a manufacturer may not require a motor vehicle dealer to make available any secondary product or prohibit a motor vehicle dealer from offering a secondary product. 

Automotive Parts Recycling (HB 2529): Allows an automotive parts recycler, in addition to a scrap processor, to submit a Junk Vehicle Notification to the Illinois Secretary of State.

Water Well Installation (HB 2543): Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act.  Extends the repeal date of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s License Act from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2027.

Household Privacy (HB 2553): Creates the Protecting Household Privacy Act. Prohibits a law enforcement agency from obtaining household electronic data or directing the acquisition of household electronic data from a private third party. Exempts data obtained pursuant to a warrant, data obtained to respond to a call for emergency services, certain emergency situations, or with the consent of the device owner. Provides that in emergency situations where data was obtained a warrant must be obtained within 72 hours. Requires household electronic data to be destroyed within 60 days if no charges are filed unless it contains evidence of criminal activity or there is an ongoing investigation.

Subject Shortage Areas (HB 2569): Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Concerning “eligible employment” for the purpose of allowing a teacher to return to teaching in subject shortage areas without impairing his or her retirement status or retirement annuity, the sunset is extended from June 30, 2021, to no later than June 30, 2024.

Opioid Overdose Prevention (HB 2589): Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act to include opioid overdose prevention activities as eligible grant activities. Provides a healthcare professional or person acting under the direction of a healthcare professional can obtain, store and dispense an opioid antagonist to a patient in certain healthcare settings.

Mental Health Coverage (HB 2595):  Creates the Generally Accepted Standards of Behavioral Health Care Act of 2021. Requires insurers to cover medically necessary mental health and substance use disorder care and follow generally accepted standards of mental health and substance use disorder care.

Recycling Activities (HB 2785): Makes corresponding changes throughout the statute of the transfer of various powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities of the Office of Energy and Recycling under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Volunteer Boards (HB 2806): Provides for the removal of volunteer board officials for misconduct.

Washington TIF Extension (HB 2826): Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act of the Illinois Municipal Code to extend a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in the City of Washington by 12 years.

Deputy, Assistant Fire Chiefs (HB 2860): Allows deputy and assistant fire chiefs to have vehicles equipped with sirens and makes them eligible for fire chief license plates.

Revolving Door Prohibition (HB 3004): Prevents members of pension fund board members from being employed by the respective fund, investment board, or retirement system for 12 months after ceasing to be a board member.

Expectant Mother Decals (HB 3027): Allows the Illinois Secretary of State to provide a disabilities motor decal or device to an expectant mother during her third trimester. Provides that a decal or device provided to an expectant mother shall be valid for no more than 90 days, and shall clearly set forth the date that the decal or device expires.

Driver’s Education Procedures (HB 3097): Adds requirements to driver’s education for school students and adults about the proper actions motorists should take during a traffic stop, and what would be the appropriate interactions with law enforcement. The Rules of the Road manuals would also be updated with the information.

ICC Emergency Powers (HB 3113): Provides that in specified war-like emergency times, the Illinois Commerce Commission may issue an interim order to authorize or require any public utility to curtail or discontinue service and otherwise regulate the furnishing of service in specified emergency circumstances, effective for a period not exceeding 45 days (rather than 15 days), if the circumstances do not reasonably permit the holding of a hearing.

ARES and ARGAS Reporting (HB 3116): Changes annual calendar dates for various reports that must be filed by alternative electric and alternative gas suppliers in Illinois.

Design-Build Contracts (HB 3160): Authorizes Forest Preserves and Conservation Districts to enter into design-build contracts, allowing for one entity to provide both design and fabrication services. Also increases the threshold requiring competitive bidding.

Ottawa Canal (HB 3165): Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal Development Act to remove canal lands conveyed to the City of Ottawa Illinois by deed dated Aug. 18, 1970, and recorded Sept. 15, 1970, as Document #563847. Removes all restrictions imposed under law and in the deed of conveyance.

Committee of Agriculturalists (HB 3178): Amends the School Code, and makes changes to the Illinois Committee for Agriculture Education, which currently advises the State Board on vocational agricultural education.

PFA Disposal (HB 3190): Provides that the disposal by incineration of aqueous film-forming foam that contains any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFA) substance is prohibited in Illinois. Provides that disposal by incineration of any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance, including, but not limited to, aqueous film forming foam (rather than disposal by incineration of aqueous film-forming foam that contains any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance), is prohibited in Illinois.

Health Education E-Cigarettes (HB 3202): Adds e-cigarettes and other vapor devices as one of the educational areas the Comprehensive Health Education Program must include. 

Ethnic Group Terms (HB 3217): Amends various Acts to remove the phrase “terms such as ‘Haitian’ or ‘Negro’ can be used in addition to “Black or African American” in 17 Acts or Codes.

Agriculture Sciences (HB 3218): Provides that agricultural sciences will count toward the three years of high school science required to be admitted into a public university. Agricultural education will count toward the two years of electives in foreign language required to be admitted into a public university.

Service Officers (HB 3255): Expands an honorable discharge requirement that is currently only applicable to service officers in a field office, to any supervisors including the field manager of a field office.

Hate Crimes (HB 3262): Adds various disorderly conduct offenses (false reporting) to the list of offenses that a person may bring a civil action for damages for in relation to a hate crime.

Rape Crisis Center (HB 3265): Amends the Evidence Article of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that “rape crisis organization” includes, but is not limited to, rape crisis centers certified by a statewide sexual assault coalition. Changes the definition of “rape crisis organization” to mean any organization or association a major purpose of which is providing information, counseling, and psychological support to victims of any or all of the crimes of aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, sexual relations between siblings, criminal sexual abuse, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Foster Care Commission (HB 3267): Creates the Advisory Commission on Reducing the Disproportionate Representation of African-American Children in Foster Care to be a coordinating and advocating body that acts on behalf of the interests of African-American children who are at risk of placement within the state’s child welfare system.

CASA Expansion (HB 3277): Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to require (rather than gives discretion to the court) to appoint a special advocate (CASA), if available, upon the filing of a petition to declare a minor an abused, neglected, or dependent minor and to adjudge the minor a ward of the court. Makes appointment of a special advocate permissive in Cook County and for court related documents and cases to only related to those in regard to the minor child.  Upon presentation of an order of appointment, a CASA shall have access to all records and information relevant to the minor’s case.

Naturalization Curriculum (HB 3281): Provides that every public high school may include in its curriculum a unit of instruction about the process of naturalization.

Crime Victims Compensation (HB 3295): Changes the dates of application to Jan. 1, 2022, from Jan. 1, 2021, in provisions amending the Crime Victims Compensation Act. Extends the applicant’s period for submitting requested information to 45 days (from 30 days). Caps final award as not to exceed $45,000 (instead of $27,000) for a crime committed on or after Aug. 7, 2022. Allows emergency awards to be issued to the applicant for the purpose of paying funeral and burial expenses.

TIF Extension (HB 3313): Provides for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District extension for the City of Morris.  

Opioid Pamphlet (HB 3355): Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that the Illinois Department of Human Services shall develop and make available on its Web site information on the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids and any alternative treatments, including the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. Provides that the Department shall develop and make available upon request to all prescribers, pharmacists, and patients in the State a pamphlet which explains the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids. Provides that a pharmacist shall, prior to dispensing an opioid that is a Schedule II controlled substance, furnish the pamphlet or information therein developed by the Department and discuss the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on opioids.

Personal Support Workers (HB 3359): Requires all public universities and community colleges in Illinois to allow personal support workers to attend class with a qualified student at no expense to the personal support worker, if the worker is attending solely to provide personal support services to the student.

Opioid Overdose Reduction (HB 3445): Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. In a provision concerning overdose and limited immunity, provides that specified violations must not serve as the sole basis of a violation of parole, mandatory supervised release, probation, conditional discharge, a person’s pretrial release, or furlough, or any seizure of property under any State law authorizing civil forfeiture so long as the evidence for the violation was acquired as a result of the person seeking or obtaining emergency medical assistance in the event of an overdose.

Child Forensic Interview (HB 3462): Provides that every child reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or to law enforcement to be a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse whose case is accepted for investigation has the right to have that child’s forensic interview conducted by a forensic interviewer from an accredited children’s advocacy center and serving the child’s area, when such service is available.

Trustee Eligibility (HB 3474): Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a person who meets the criteria to be an executive trustee may not serve as an employee trustee.

Retainer Fees (HB 3484): Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to allow either party to petition or move for an allowance from the other party for a retainer fee to obtain an attorney, accompanied by a financial affidavit that is supported by documentary evidence, and a certificate stating that if an allowance is granted, the party shall only use it for retaining an attorney. The court shall review the financial affidavit and, if appropriate, grant an allowance to the party for a retainer fee.

Domestic Violence Hope Cards (HB 3485): Requires the Supreme Court to implement a program to issue a Hope Card to the petitioner of a plenary order of protection for the petitioner to distribute to any individual who may need to be aware of the order. A Hope Card shall have the same effect as the underlying plenary order of protection.

State Board of Pharmacy (HB 3497): Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that the State Board of Pharmacy shall consist of 11 members (rather than nine members). Provides that eight members (rather than seven members) shall be licensed pharmacists. Provides that one of the licensed pharmacists shall have a primary site for the practice of pharmacy at an inpatient hospital pharmacy. Adds one member who is a pharmacy technician.

Healthy Illinois Survey (HB 3504): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to administer an annual survey, named the Healthy Illinois Survey. The survey shall include interviews of a sample of State residents such that statistically reliable data for every county, ZIP code groupings within more highly populated counties and cities, suburban Cook County municipalities, and Chicago community areas can be developed, as well as statistically reliable data on racial, ethnic, gender, age, and other demographic groups of State residents important to inform health equity goals.

Juvenile Corrections Centers (HB 3513): Requires the clerk of the court to forward all police reports for sex offenses allegedly committed by a minor committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Provides that all adult sentences shall run concurrent to any and all sentences under the Juvenile Court Act. Provides that the target release date for youth committed to DJJ as a Habitual Juvenile Offender or Violent Juvenile Offender under the Juvenile Court Act shall be extended by not less than 12 months rather than requiring commitment until age 21.

Veterans Assistance (HB 3515): Creates provisions not currently defined in statute that address delegates and alternates for Veteran’s Organizations serving more than one county.

Defendant Closed Circuit (HB 3575): Allows the Illinois Supreme Court or any circuit court to adopt rules permitting the use of videoconferencing in forensic mental health matters. Also creates a pilot program in two counties that would demonstrate tele-hearings in forensic mental health matters.

Worker Cooperatives (HB 3577): Amends the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act. Incorporates the Limited Liability Company Act into the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act. Codifies specific operational rules for worker cooperatives.

Medical Examiner Offices (HB 3592): Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure that medical examiner offices are included as part of medical facilities for the purposes of complying with and implementing specified federal laws.

Minor Custody (HB 3595): Amends the Abused, Neglected, or Dependent Minors Article of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 so that if the minor is being restored to the custody of a parent, legal custodian, or guardian who lives outside of Illinois, and an Interstate Compact has been requested and refused, the court may order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for an assessment of the minor’s proposed living arrangement and for ongoing monitoring of the health, safety, and best interest of the minor and compliance with any order of protective supervision.

Electronic Prescriptions (HB 3596):  Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, a prescription for a substance classified in Schedule II, III, IV, or V must be sent electronically. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, a prescriber shall not be required to issue prescriptions electronically if he or she certifies to the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation (IDFPR) that he or she will not issue more than 25 prescriptions during a 12-month period. IDFPR shall adopt rules for the administration of these provisions to allow exemptions.

Group Health Policies (HB 3598):  Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require insurers offering group health insurance policies to offer such policies to local chambers of commerce.

Income Eligibility Threshold (HB 3620): Increases income eligibility threshold for child care assistance from 185 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to 200 percent of the FPL.

Agricultural Experience (HB 3650): Provides that licenses are not required for anyone trying to provide an “agricultural experience,” which is defined as any agriculture-related activity.

State Police (HB 3656): Provides that drivers in any lane shall heed the warning of the visual signal, reduce the speed of the vehicle, proceed with due caution, maintain a safe speed for road conditions, be prepared to stop, and leave a safe distance until safely passed the stationary emergency vehicle. Creates and tasks the Move Over Early Warning Task Force with studying: 1.) the issue of violations of the provisions of the Code prescribing how to safely enter a highway construction zone, approach a disabled vehicle, and approach an authorized emergency vehicle; and 2.) new technologies and early warning systems in cellular phones and vehicles that alert the public to the presence of first responders and road safety hazards. Prescribes membership for the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall meet and present its report and recommendations, including legislative recommendations, if any, to the General Assembly no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Grand Juror Oath (HB 3678): Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Changes the oath taken by grand jurors. Amends the Jury Act to delete a duplicative provision concerning the oath taken by the foreman of a Grand Jury.

IDOT Seasonal Employment (HB 3716): Provides that veterans shall be preferred for employment with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the position of snow removal operator and winter salaried highway maintainer under the Department’s Winter Seasonal Employment Program. 

Asset Forfeiture (HB 3762): Deletes provision that requires when the property seized for forfeiture is a vehicle, the law enforcement agency seizing the property must immediately notify the Illinois Secretary of State that forfeiture proceedings are pending regarding the vehicle.

Response Time Study (HB 3763): Amends various local government statutes to require that when there is a jurisdictional or territory change involving fire protection, a response time study must be conducted that shows estimated response times from the receiving unit to the territory being transferred and estimated response times of the current jurisdictional arrangement.

Remote Notarization (HB 3764): Amends Uniform Recognition of Acknowledgments Act. Changes the definition of “acknowledged before me” to mean that, among other things, the person acknowledging appeared before the person taking the acknowledgment in a manner prescribed by the laws or regulations applicable in the place in which the acknowledgment is taken.

CCR Training (HB 3783): Provides that no person shall construct, install, modify, or close a coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundment in accordance with a permit issued under the Act without certifying to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that all contractors, subcontractors, and installers utilized to construct, install, modify, or close a CCR surface impoundment are participants in specified training programs.

Corrections Healthcare Vendors (HB 3798): Provides that “healthcare employer” includes the Illinois Department of Corrections or a third-party vendor employing certified nursing assistants working with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Fair Patient Billing (HB 3803): Requires a hospital to proactively offer information on charity care options available to uninsured patients, regardless of their immigration status or residency.

State Police Fund Transfer (HB 3811): Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code, the State Finance Act, and other acts. Dissolves the Over Dimensional Load Police Escort Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Police Operations Assistance Fund. Dissolves the Firearm Dealer License Certification Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Police Firearm Services Fund. Dissolves the State Offender DNA Identification System Fund and transfers its remaining balance to the State Crime Laboratory Fund. Dissolves the State Police Vehicle Maintenance Fund and transfers the remaining balance to the State Police Vehicle Fund.

Child Welfare Task Force (HB 3821): Creates the Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare Task Force within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Supported Decision-Making (HB 3849): Creates the Supported Decision-Making Agreement Act. Authorizes the creation of supported decision-making agreements and allows a supporter to assist a principal with an intellectual or developmental disability in accessing, collecting, or obtaining information relevant to a decision authorized under agreement. Presumes all adults to be capable of making decisions on daily living and to have capacity unless otherwise determined by a court. Requires abuse to be reported, allowing for guardianship and termination of the agreement. States that the supporter will advocate for the wishes and decisions of the individual instead of “assisting.” Add that the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission will develop training and education materials for principals and supporters, which will be publicly available on their Web site.

Water Report (HB 3853): Provides that the water rates report for the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois must be issued no later than Dec. 1, 2022. Provides that the water rates report for the remainder of Illinois must be issued no later than Dec. 1, 2023. Changes the repeal date of the water rates report provisions to Jan. 1, 2024.

Electric Turn Signal (HB 3854): Provides that electric turn signal lamps shall not be flashed or left in the on position other than for indication of the driver’s intention to turn a vehicle left or right, change lanes, or otherwise turn or maneuver a vehicle from a direct course of travel.

Blighted Areas Redevelopment (HB 3864): Repeals the Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947. Makes conforming changes to the Illinois Municipal Code, the Housing Authorities Act, the Housing Development and Construction Act, the Urban Community Conservation Act, the Redevelopment Project Rehousing and Capital Improvements Act, the Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation Law, the Urban Community Conservation Act, the Urban Renewal Consolidation Act of 1961, and the Eminent Domain Act.

Preventing Deceptive Practices (HB 3865): Prevents deceptive practices from organizations “servicing” veterans obtaining benefits by requiring disclosure on voice and typed messaging that veterans’ benefit services are free of charge at county veteran service offices. Makes it unlawful to violate the fiduciary responsibility of the veteran.

Amateur Sports Commission (HB 3870): Creates the Illinois Amateur Sports Commission to make recommendations about how best to promote and develop amateur sports in the state, with an emphasis on physical fitness. The Commission is to have 28 members, 24 of which are appointed by the Governor.

Healthcare Telementoring (HB 3879): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services to designate one or more healthcare telementoring entities, based on an application to be developed by the Department.

Hazardous Material Routes (HB 3881): Defines a local road as it pertains to the movement of hazardous materials and agriculture movements. Local road is defined as any State roadway except for a highway with four or more lanes or an interstate highway.

Correctional Officer (HB 3895): Makes sure the wellness program is open to all staff instead of just correctional officers and makes it so that the services provided to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Corrections staff are on a voluntary basis instead of being mandatory.

Location of Parent/Guardian (HB 3906): Provides that the State Superintendent may determine that the location of the parent or guardian of a student is unknown after considering information submitted from the school district that last enrolled the student or from the school or special education facility providing special education and related services to meet the needs of the student.

Suicide Prevention (HB 3911): Amends the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Requires the First Responders Suicide Prevention Task Force to recommend that: Agencies and organizations guarantee access to mental health and wellness services, including, but not limited to, peer support programs and providing ongoing education related to the ever-evolving concept of mental health wellness. Agencies and organizations sponsor or facilitate first responders with specialized training in the areas of psychological fitness, depressive disorders, early detection, and mitigation best practices.  Administrators and leadership personnel solicit training services from evidence-based, data driven organizations. Agencies and organizations incorporate specific training components into already existing modules and educational curriculums.

Conservation Task Force (HB 3928): Creates the Illinois Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task Force Act. Provides that the Task Force shall hold listening sessions regarding ways in which Illinois can protect 30 percent of its land and water resources by 2030. Provides that the Task Force shall hold a minimum of three separate listening sessions in geographically distinct areas of the State.

Healthcare Worker Decals (HB 3929): Allows the issuance of healthcare worker license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Automatic Contract Renewal (HB 3955): Amends the Automatic Contract Renewal Act by providing that a consumer who accepts an automatic renewal or continuous service offer online shall be allowed to terminate the automatic renewal or continuous service exclusively online.

Birth Center Licensing (HB 3995): Creates the Birth Center Licensing Act and requires birth centers to obtain a valid license issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.