May 8, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by Senate Committees during the week of May 3-7. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/.

You can download the full summary report here.

Behavioral and Mental Health

Housing Program (HB 449):  Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program at the Illinois Department of Human Services to help provide bridge rental subsidies for individuals either at high risk of unnecessary institutionalization or at high risk of overdose for the purposes of stabilizing their mental illness or substance abuse disorder.

Commerce

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.

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. 

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

Criminal Law

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.

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.

Education

Sexual Assault Reporting (SB 633): Provides that upon knowledge of an incident of sexual assault by a student against another student a school district is required to report the incident to the State Board of Education. Applies to all public schools, including Chicago Public Schools.

Sex Education Classes (SB 818): Requires sex education classes for K – 12th grade no later than July 1, 2023, (charter and public schools). These classes must be age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate, complete, culturally appropriate, inclusive, and trauma informed.

Teacher Evaluations (HB 18): Requires a school district to implement an informal teacher observation plan (rather than an informal teacher evaluation plan). Extends the sunset of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee to June 30, 2024. Makes the change applicable to educators in Chicago Public Schools as well.

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.

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.

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. 

Asian American History (HB 376): Requires every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American History beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

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. 

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.

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.

Energy and Public Utilities

Carbon Capture Study (HB 165): Amends the University of Illinois Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in consultation with an intergovernmental advisory committee, must file a report on potential for carbon capture, utilization, and storage as a climate mitigation technology throughout Illinois with the Governor and General Assembly no later than Dec. 31, 2022.

Environment and Conservation

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.

EPA Authority (HB 2791): Provides for a new sunset date of Dec. 31, 2026, for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s “fast-track” rulemaking authority to adopt regulations under the Federal Clean Air Act.

Executive

Chicago Local School Councils (SB 2042): Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. Provides for local school councils at public small schools, contract schools, and military schools. Provides for the participation of middle school students in local school councils. Grants local school councils additional powers vis-à-vis the Chicago Board of Education.

Petroleum Equipment Contractors (HB 691): Extends the sunset date of the Petroleum Equipment Contractors Licensing Act – which provides for the licensing of underground storage tank contractors – from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2032. Amends the Petroleum Equipment Contractors Licensing Act to permit: the State Fire Marshall to issue citations and assess penalties for violations of the act and to revoke/deny a license if the contractor is not registered with the state.

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.

HIV Transmission (HB 1063): Deletes the provision criminalizing the intentional transmission of HIV.

Financial Institutions

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.

Health

Lottery Scratch-Off (SB 1741): Extends the sunset date of the “Ending Alzheimer’s Scratch Off” game from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2025. Net revenues from this game are used by to benefit Alzheimer’s prevention.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Higher Education

Higher Education Admissions (HB 226): Creates the Higher Education Fair Admissions Act. Provides that each public university and community college shall adopt a test-optional policy as part of its undergraduate admissions process.

Affordable Housing (HB 374): Provides that the board of trustees of a community college district and non-exempt local governments may develop affordable housing for community college students in coordination with the Housing Authority having jurisdiction of the area where the community college is located.

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.

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.

Human Rights

Right to Counsel (HB 25): Creates the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Task Force to investigate the implementation of universal representation for covered individuals in immigration removal proceedings and to submit a report of findings and recommendations for how to fully provide legal representation for covered individuals facing immigration proceedings.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Immigrant Rights (HB 709): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services, in consultation with other Departments, to conduct a public information campaign to educate immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other noncitizens, of their rights under the United States Constitution and state law.

 

Insurance

Insurance Regulations (SB 2411): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides credit for reinsurance to be allowed in interactions involving reciprocal jurisdictions. Requires insurance groups to submit group capital calculations to the lead state commissioner.

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:

  • Clarifying coverage through MCOs and OAPs is authorized;
  • clarifying the amount of a dependent’s life insurance coverage is based on the dependent’s age, not the annuitant’s;
  • removes the proof of other insurance coverage requirement when opting out of group health insurance;
  • removes the limit on the time period a person may re-enroll in group health insurance;
  • 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.

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. Implements a five-year sunset.

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

Judiciary

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.

Licensed Activities

Vital Records (HB 214): Amends the Vital Records Act. Provides that death certificates and medical certifications shall be completed and signed by specified certifying health care professionals (rather than by the physician in charge). Defines “certifying health care professional” as a physician or advanced practice registered nurse.

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.   

Detection of Deception (HB 806): Extends the repeal date of the Detection of Deception Examiners Act and Disciplinary Act to Jan. 1, 2032. Amends the Detection of Deception Examiners Act. Requires applicants to provide an email address of record. Allows for notices required pursuant to a hearing to be served via email.

Private Detective Training (HB 836): Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Amends the private detective training requirements.

Pensions

Firefighter Injury Report (HB 351): Requires the fire chief of a secondary employer to report any injury, illness, or exposure incurred by a secondary employee during his/her employment to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Revenue

TIF Reporting Requirements (HB 571):  Adds additional reporting requirements for Tax Increment Financing Districts to include on their annual report to the Illinois Comptroller.

Rental Housing Assistance Support Program (HB 648): Requires a tenant receiving assistance from the Rental Housing Support Program to be eligible for support until they reach 35 percent of the area median family income.

State Government

Municipal ID Cards (SB 2460): Permits the use of municipal identification cards as a secondary form of identification when applying for state services and for entry into state buildings.

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.

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

Italian Heritage Month (HB 550): Designates the month of October each year as Italian Heritage Month throughout the State.

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.

Illinois Flags (HB 605): Provides that Illinois State Flags for use over any and all State institutions must be made in the United States.

BFR DCEO Cleanup (HB 832): Provides for Budgeting for Results Commission mandate clean-up for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Repeals several obsolete mandates for DCEO.

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.