May 6, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on May 5. 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 5

Data Centers (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.

Health Care Licenses (SB 2661): Provides that during a public health emergency, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is required to extend the expiration date of an expired license by six months for the following health care professionals: physicians; dentists; optometrists; physician assistants; pharmacists, registered certified pharmacy technicians, registered pharmacy technicians; registered nurses; advanced practice registered nurses. The fees for renewal and the expiration date of the renewed license must be the same fees and expiration date as though the license was renewed on the original expiration date.

Immigrant Task Force (SB 2665): Creates a 28-member Illinois Immigrant Impact Task Force to examine the following issues:

  • what the state is doing to help immigrant communities, including help to become citizens, help to become business owners, and aid for educational purposes;
  • what the state is doing to improve relations with immigrant communities;
  • what the status of immigrant communities are in the state (urban, suburban, and rural);
  • the extent of discrimination faced by immigrants;
  • whether laws intended to benefit immigrants actually do;
  • the practices and procedures of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Illinois;
  • the use and condition of detention centers in the state;
  • all contracts in Illinois entered into with ICE, including contracts with private detention centers, the State Police, and the Secretary of State’s Division of Motor Vehicles;
  • the impact of COVID-19 on immigrant communities;
  • the disbursement of funds by state agencies to immigrant communities;
  • language access programs and their impact on immigrant communities and whether state agencies provide non-English information;
  • the extent to which disparities in access to technology exist in immigrant communities and whether they lead to educational, financial, or other disadvantages; and
  • the extent to which state programs intended for vulnerable populations are being implemented or need to be implemented.

The Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations by May 31, 2022.