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April 2022: Illinois Spring Legislative Session Update

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As Illinois has concluded its 2022 legislative session, we wanted to give you an update on some legislation that might be of interest to our members and that the NASW-Illinois Chapter worked on to address issues with or supported. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the late election cycle, this year’s legislative session was not as robust as in the recent past—however, some really important legislation was still moved. Here is a sample of some of the bills that moved in this session that we supported or opposed. Please note: we will have budget highlights in a future update.

 

SB 3761 – Sen. Ann Gillespie, Rep. Mark Walker

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

This bill builds on the Social Work Loan Forgiveness initiative the NASW-Illinois Chapter advocated for and passed last year. In addition to school social workers, the new bill adds social workers who work for a municipality (other than those that report to a law enforcement agency) to the eligibility list. As in the underlying law, this bill gives priority to minority candidates who are under-represented in the social work profession. NASW-IL supported this bill.


For the latest on SB 3761: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3761&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138797&SessionID=110



HB 4385, SB 3732, SB 3070, HB 4337, HB 4636 – Various Sponsors

Status: All of these bills were successfully opposed except the mace carrying bill, which passed both chambers after going through major reforms to make it safer.

These are a collection of bills the NASW-Illinois Chapter has opposed, ranging from reinstating the death penalty for assaulting a social worker to allowing child welfare social workers to carry guns into homes. Working with a coalition of organizations including the ACLU-Illinois, ICOY, Safer Foundation, and others, most of these bills seemed stalled. An exception appears to be the penalty enhancement bill, HB 4385, in the Illinois House that will not make social workers safer. NASW-IL continues to oppose these misguided bills.

For the latest on HB 4385: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4385&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137695&SessionID=110

HB 4797 – Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, Sen. Karina Villa

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates a highly limited exception that allows nonresidents visiting Illinois or nonresident students of an Illinois university/college to continue to see their existing social work therapist licensed in the state they are a resident of. Current telehealth law requires you to be licensed where your client is physically present (not where they normally live), this bill just guarantees continuity of care for people visiting or attending school in Illinois. This is an NASW-Illinois Chapter Initiative that we fully supported.

For the latest news on HB 4797: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4797&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=139253&SessionID=110

HB 4306 – Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit, Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates the Holistic Mental Health Care for Youth in Care Task Force. Requires the Task Force to review and make recommendations regarding mental health and wellness services provided to youth in care, including a program for preventative mental health checkups. Provides that the Task Force shall also assess the capacity of state–licensed mental health professionals to provide preventive mental health care to youth in care; review the current payment rates for mental health providers serving the youth in care population; evaluate the recruitment and retention of mental health providers who are persons of color to serve the youth in care population; and perform other specified duties. NASW-Illinois Chapter has worked closely with the bill sponsors and fully supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 4306: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4306&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137437&SessionID=110

HB 5159 – Rep. Marcus Evans

Status: This bill did not pass but may move in veto session.

Addresses inequity in the way Chicago Public Schools treats students living more than 1.5 miles away from their school. Requires CPS to cover transit fees for this population that other school districts would otherwise be required to pay for bussing to school. NASW-Illinois Chapter supports this bill.


For the latest on HB 5159: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5159&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=139656&SessionID=110

SB 3720 – Sen. Karina Villa, Rep. Carol Ammons

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates the Bias-Free Child Removal Pilot Program Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to require the Department of Children and Family Services to establish a 3-year, Bias-Free Child Removal Pilot Program for the purpose of promoting unbiased decision-making in the child removal process while maintaining the safety of children and reducing risk, with the goal of decreasing the overrepresentation of BIPOC children in out-of-home placements. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3720: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3720&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138735&SessionID=110

SB 3889 – Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel, Rep. Natalie A. Manley

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. Adds a requirement that the Children's Mental Health Plan include recommendations on how to more effectively meet the emergency and residential placement needs for all children with severe mental and behavioral challenges. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3889: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3889&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138974&SessionID=110

SB 3149 – Sen. Celina Villanueva, Rep. Will Guzzardi

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to annually include information about the Child Care Assistance Program and the federal dependent care allowance in the language that schools are required to provide to students eligible for MAP grants. The goal of the bill is to make sure we are notifying students who qualify for child care assistance of existing programs. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3149: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3149&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=137867&SessionID=110

SB 3144 – Sen. Celina Villanueva, Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates a Task Force that shall investigate the implementation of universal representation for covered individuals in immigration removal proceedings. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on SB 3144: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3144&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=137862&SessionID=110

SB 3986 – Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas, Rep. Lindsey LaPointe

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Prohibits the State Board of Education from developing, purchasing, or requiring a school district to administer, develop, or purchase a standardized assessment for students enrolled or preparing to enroll in pre-kindergarten through grade 2, other than for diagnostic purposes. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3986: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3986&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=139088&SessionID=110

SB 3490 – Sen. Karina Villa, Rep. Lakesia Collins

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates the Illinois Commission on LGBTQ Aging to investigate, analyze, and study the health, housing, financial, psychosocial, home-and-community-based services, assisted living, and long-term care needs of LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3986: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3490&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138439&SessionID=110

SB 3470 – Sen. Robert Peters, Rep. Lakesia Collins

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Provides that upon receiving temporary custody or guardianship of a youth in care, the Department of Children and Family Services shall assess the youth to determine whether the youth may be eligible for Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits. Provides that if, after the assessment, the Department determines that the youth may be eligible for such benefits, the Department shall ensure that an application is filed on behalf of the youth. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on SB 3470: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3470&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138399&SessionID=110

HB 4392 – Rep. Carol Ammons, Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the court shall not deny a petition for expungement or sealing because the petitioner has submitted a drug test taken within 30 days before the filing of the petition for expungement or sealing that indicates a positive test for the presence of cannabis within the petitioner's body. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 4392: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4392&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137705&SessionID=110

HB 5265 – Rep. Will Guzzardi, Sen. Ann Gillespie

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Provides that homeless children and youth as defined in Section 11434A of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act also qualify for a waiver for fees and fines for losing school property like Chromebook or school book/supplies. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 4392: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5265&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=139775&SessionID=110

HB 3988 – Rep. Kambium Buckner, Sen. Mattie Hunter

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates the Task Force on Missing and Murdered Chicago Women. Provides that the Task Force must examine and report on the following: (1) the systemic causes behind violence that Chicago women and girls experience, including patterns and underlying factors that explain why disproportionately high levels of violence occur against Chicago women and girls, including underlying historical, social, economic, institutional, and cultural factors that may contribute to the violence; (2) appropriate methods for tracking and collecting data on violence against Chicago women and girls, including data on missing and murdered Chicago women and girls; (3) policies and institutions such as policing, child welfare, medical examiner practices, and other governmental practices that impact violence against Chicago women and girls and the investigation and prosecution of crimes of gender-related violence against Chicago residents; (4) measures necessary to address and reduce violence against Chicago women and girls; and (5) measures to help victims, victims' families, and victims' communities prevent and heal from violence that occurs against Chicago women and girls. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 3988: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3988&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=133391&SessionID=110

HB 4242 Rep. Lakesia Collins, Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

The bill expands eligibility under the Department of Human Services' Child Care Assistance Program to additional categories of applicants including foster youth with children. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on HB 4242: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4242&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137256&SessionID=110

HB 4304 Rep. Lakesia Collins, Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

This bill further amends the Children and Family Services Act. Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to ensure that an exit interview is conducted with every child age 5 and over who leaves a foster home (unless clinically contraindicated) to make sure Illinois is building affirming and safe placements. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 4304: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4304&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137433&SessionID=110

HB 4201 Rep. Maurice A. West, II, Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Requires the institution of higher education to designate a benefits navigator who has a detailed understanding of eligibility requirements for benefits programs and campus-wide and community resource support. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.

For the latest on HB 4201: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4201&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137146&SessionID=110

SB 3616 Sen. Mattie Hunter, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

The bill adds traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective such as braids, locks, and twists to the unlawful discrimination section of the Illinois Human Rights Act. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on SB 3616: https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3616&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=138586&SessionID=110



HB 4383 SA2 Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins, Rep. Kambium Buckner

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

The bill bans ghost guns that are either 3-D printed or where the gun is unserialized. NASW-Illinois Chapter supported this bill.


For the latest on HB 4383 https://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4383&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=137678&SessionID=110



HB 4736 Sen. Robert Peters,Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth

Status: This bill passed both chambers and now awaits the governor’s signature.

Creates the Co-Responder Pilot Program Division in the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the East St. Louis Police Department, Peoria Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and Waukegan Police Department shall establish, subject to appropriation, a co-responder unit no later than 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act, including the hiring of personnel as provided in the Division. Provides that, in addition to other responsibilities, the unit's social workers are responsible for conducting follow-up visits for victims who may benefit from mental or behavioral health services. Provides that the unit's primary area of focus shall be victim assistance. While NASW-Illinois Chapter continues to support models that do not require social workers to report to law enforcement, we were thankful to the sponsors that they allowed us to add confidentiality language to make it clear that the social worker’s first priority is with the victim and not their employer.

For the latest on HB 4736 https://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=4736&GAID=16&SessionID=110&LegID=139181

 

The above summary only reflects the status of NASW-IL's position on a bill at the time of the report. As legislative changes occur frequently, this may no longer be the current status or NASW-IL's position.


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