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March 2023: NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Update


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As we approach next week's SOLD OUT(!) 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Advocacy Day, we wanted to give you an update on some legislation that might be of interest to our members and that the NASW-Illinois Chapter has been either working on to address issues with or supporting. Below is a sample of some of the bills currently moving in this session that we are supporting or opposing.


Some of the below bills will be discussed at greater length at next week our annual Advocacy Day taking place live virtually on Monday, March 27, 2023. We will have speakers ranging from Illinois legislators State Senator Karina Villa, MSW, State Represntatives Lindsey LaPointe, MSW, Abdelnasser Rashid, and Hoan Huynh, and more. Take part even if you didn't pre-register by watching our livestream on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Facebook page.

 

HB1: ILLINOIS CURE ACT (FORD L)

Creates the Compassionate Use and Research of Entheogens Act. Establishes the Illinois Psilocybin Advisory Board within the Department of Public Health for the purpose of advising and making recommendations to the Department regarding the provision of psilocybin and psilocybin services. Provides that the Department shall begin receiving applications for the licensing of persons to manufacture or test psilocybin products, operate service centers, or facilitate psilocybin services. Contains licensure requirements and prohibitions. Provides that a licensee or licensee representative may manufacture, deliver, or possess a psilocybin product. Provides that the Department may obtain, relinquish, or dispose of psilocybin products to ensure compliance with and enforce the Act and rules adopted under the Act. Creates the Psilocybin Control and Regulation Fund and the Illinois Psilocybin Fund and makes conforming changes in the State Finance Act. Requires the Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, and the Department of Revenue to perform specified duties. Contains provisions concerning rulemaking; taxes; fees; zoning; labeling; and penalties. Preempts home rule powers. Contains other provisions. Amends the Criminal Identification Act. Provides that specified records shall be expunged prior to (i) January 1, 2024 (rather than January 1, 2023) and (ii) January 1, 2026 (rather than January 1, 2025). Provides for expungement of specified records concerning the possession of psilocybin and psilocin. Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Removes psilocybin and psilocin from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Amends the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act of 2012. Provides that the Tax Tribunal shall have original jurisdiction over all determinations of the Department of Revenue reflected on specified notices issued under the Compassionate Use and Research of Entheogens Act. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/14/2023 - Balanced Budget Note Filed HB1 Bill Page


HB2: DHS-OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES (FORD L)

Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to (i) establish a new intervention license category entitled "OPS Harm Reduction Services", (ii) establish standards for entities to become licensed under the OPS Harm Reduction Services category, and (iii) create a licensing application process. Provides that, notwithstanding any other law, ordinance, or regulation, any entity licensed as an OPS Harm Reduction Services provider may operate an overdose prevention site as authorized by the Department. Requires the Department to make a determination as to whether to approve an entity's application for an OPS Harm Reduction Services license within 4 weeks after the date upon which the entity submitted its application to the Department. Requires the Department to help educate local communities and public and private entities about overdose prevention sites and the evidence regarding the benefits of overdose prevention sites. Requires entities approved to operate an overdose prevention site to, at a minimum, provide a hygienic space where participants may consume pre-obtained substances, maintain a supply of naloxone and oxygen on-site, employ staff trained to administer first aid to participants who are experiencing an overdose, provide secure hypodermic needle and syringe disposal services, encourage drug checking or the use of fentanyl test strips, and other services. Requires licensed entities to submit a report to the Department on the number of participants who have received or are receiving services at the overdose prevention site and other matters. Grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to specified persons. Preempts home rule powers.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lindsey LaPointe HB2 Bill Page


HB559REGULATION-TECH (MORGAN B)

House Floor Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Health Care Workforce Reinforcement Act. Amends the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that any person who was issued a temporary out-of-state permit or temporary reinstatement permit by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to practice under his or her temporary out-of-state permit if he or she submits an application for licensure by endorsement to the Department on or before May 11, 2023. Provides for license application requirements for holders of temporary out-of-state permits or temporary reinstatement permits in specified professions. Amends the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, the MC/DD Act, the ID/DD Community Care Act, and the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013. Provides that, during a statewide public health emergency, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services may take specified actions pertaining to inspections within an appropriate time frame to the extent feasible. Provides that probationary and provisional licenses may be extended for an additional 120 if requested and approved by the Department. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that during a public health emergency, any provision of the Act that would prevent a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches under the Act from delegating any and all authority prescribed to the physician by law to international medical graduate physicians who are working in response to the public health emergency declared by the Governor are suspended. Defines "international medical graduate physician". Amends the Radiation Protection Act of 1990. Provides that during a public health emergency, provisions that limit the validity of industrial radiography certifications to 5 years and industrial radiography trainee certifications to 2 years shall be suspended. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that the "practice of pharmacy" includes vaccination of patients 7 years of age and older for COVID-19 or influenza subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or orally; administration of COVID-19 therapeutics subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or orally; and ordering and administration of tests and screenings for (i) influenza, SARS-COV 2, and other emerging and existing public health threats. Provides that a registered pharmacy technician or student pharmacist may administer COVID-19 therapeutics and COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations subject to certain conditions. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code and the Illinois Insurance Code to provide coverage for in-pharmacy COVID and influenza testing, screening, vaccination, and treatments. Effective immediately. House Floor Amendment No. 4 - Provides that the "practice of pharmacy" includes the ordering and administration of tests and screenings for (i) influenza, (ii) SARS-COV 2, and (iii) health conditions identified by a statewide public health emergency, as defined in the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (instead of other emerging and existing public health threats identified by the Department of Public Health or by emergency order).


CURRENT STATUS 3/29/2023 - House Health Care Licenses


HB1122: FREELANCE WORKER PROTECTION (GUZZARDI W)

House Committee Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Freelance Worker Protection Act. Provides that, except as otherwise provided by law, a freelance worker shall be paid the contracted compensation amount no later than 30 days after the freelance worker provides the product or completes the services under the contract. Provides that once a freelance worker has commenced preparation of the product or performance of the services under the contract, a contracting entity shall not require as a condition of timely payment that the freelance worker accept less compensation than the amount of the contracted compensation. Requires written contracts for services or products provided by a freelance worker. Sets forth the information such written contracts must include. Provides that a contracting entity must retain its contract with a freelance worker for no less than 2 years and must make the contract available to the Department of Labor upon request. Requires the Department to make model contracts available on its website for use by the general public at no cost. Prohibits a contracting entity from taking any action that penalizes a freelance worker for, or is reasonably likely to deter a freelance worker from, exercising or attempting to exercise any right guaranteed under the Act. Sets for the procedure for freelance workers to file a complaint alleging a violation of the Act. Provides that complaints shall be reviewed by the Department to determine whether there is cause for the Department to initiate the process of facilitating the exchange of information between the parties. Contains provisions concerning notification and response requirements. Authorizes the Attorney General to initiate or intervene in a civil action if the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that any person or entity is engaged in a pattern and practice prohibited under the Act. Contains provisions concerning Attorney General investigations; civil penalties; and other enforcement matters. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department may conduct a public awareness campaign regarding the Act that, at a minimum, includes making information available on its website, otherwise informing contracting entities of the provisions of this Act, and establishing a means for assistance by a natural person through phone or email. Requires the Department to submit a report every 5 years to the General Assembly on freelance contracting and payment practices, the number of complaints received by the Department alleging a violation of the Act, and other matters. Requires the Department to publish each report on its website. Grants the Director rulemaking authority. Effective July 1, 2024. House Floor Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as amended by House Amendment No. 2 with the following changes: Provides that except as otherwise provided by law, a freelance worker shall be paid the contracted compensation amount on or before the date the compensation is due under the terms of the contract. Provides that if the contract does not specify when the hiring party must pay the contracted compensation or the mechanism by which the date will be determined, compensation shall be due no later than 30 days after the completion of the freelance worker's services under the contract. In provisions concerning contracts for products and services of freelance workers, removes a provision that requires each party to the written contract to retain a copy for a period of 2 years after the products or services are provided. Provides that the definition of "freelance worker" does not include an individual performing construction services. Defines "construction". Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2024.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 068-038-000 HB1122 Bill Page


HB1347: DHS-DIAPER ALLOWANCE (COLLINS L)

Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, a person is eligible for a diaper allowance of $30 per month per child if: the person's household income is at or below 50% of the federal poverty guidelines; the person is responsible for the welfare of a child 3 years of age or younger; and the child who is 3 years of age or younger receives medical assistance under the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the diaper allowance may be used only to purchase diapers and shall be issued through an electronic benefit transfer card. Provides that the diaper allowance is not considered income for purposes of determining eligibility or the amount of assistance for any public aid benefit provided under State law. Effective July 1, 2025. NASW-IL supports this bill.



HB1363: GENDER VIOLENCE-EMPLOYER DUTY (GUZZARDI W)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Gender Violence Act. Defines "employee", "employer", and "workplace". Changes the definition of "gender-related violence" to also mean domestic violence. Provides that an employer is only liable for gender-related violence committed in the work environment by an employee or agent of the employer. Provides that liability only extends to gender-related violence that occurs while the employee was directly performing the employee's job duties and the job duties were the proximate cause of the injury, or while agent of the employer was directly involved in the performance of the contracted work and the contracted work was the proximate cause of the injury. Provides that an employer is liable for gender-related violence if the employer: failed to supervise, train, or monitor the employee who engaged in the gender-related violence; or failed to investigate complaints or reports directly provided to a supervisor, manager, owner, or another person designated by the employer of similar conduct by an employee or agent of the employer and the employer failed to take remedial measures in response to the complaints or reports. Requires an action against an employer for gender-related violence to be commenced within 4 years after the cause of action accrued, except that if the person entitled to bring the action was a minor at the time the cause of action accrued, then within 4 years after the person reaches the age of 18. Provides that no person has the power to waive any provision of the Act as part of a dissolution of marriage agreement, civil union, domestic partnership, or custody agreement. House Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of House Amendment No. 1, and makes the following changes: Provides that an employer is only liable for gender-related violence committed in the workplace (rather than work environment) by an employee or agent of the employer when the interaction giving rise to the gender-related violence arises out of and in the course of employment with the employer. Provides that nothing in the Act precludes a person who has been the victim of gender-related violence from pursuing any other right or cause of action created by statute or common law. Removes language providing that no person has the power to waive any of the provisions of the Act as part of a dissolution of marriage agreement, civil union, domestic partnership, or custody agreement. Makes other changes.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB1363 Bill Page


HB1633: SCH CD-NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY (WEST, II M)

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Education Equity Committee shall include a member from an organization that works for economic, educational, and social progress for Native Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation. Requires the State Superintendent of Education to convene a Native American Curriculum Advisory Council. Creates the Native American Curriculum Task Force. Provides that the unit of instruction on the Holocaust and genocides shall include instruction on the Native American genocide in North America. Provides that, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, every public elementary school and high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the events of the Native American experience and Native American history within the Midwest and the State since time immemorial. Provides that the teaching of the history of the United States shall include the study of the role and contributions of Native Americans and teaching about Native Americans' sovereignty and self-determination. Effective immediately. House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. In the provisions concerning the State Education Equity Committee, provides that as part of its report, by no later than December 15, 2024, the Committee shall provide recommendations that may assist the State Board of Education in identifying diverse subject matter experts to help inform policy through task forces, committees, and commissions the State Board oversees. Removes the provisions concerning the Native American Curriculum Advisory Council and the Native American Curriculum Task Force. In the provisions concerning instruction on Native American history, requires the instruction to be included in every social studies course pertaining to American history or government. Provides that the study of the genocide of and discrimination against Native Americans, as well as tribal sovereignty, treaties made between tribal nations and the United States, and the circumstances around forced Native American relocation shall be taught in grades 6 through 12. Provides that the instruction may be integrated as part of other required units of instruction. In the provisions concerning the unit of instruction on the Holocaust and genocides and the teaching of the history of the United States, provides that instructional materials that include the addition of content related to Native Americans shall be prepared and made available to all school boards on State Board of Education's website no later than January 1, 2025. Specifies who shall help develop the instructional materials. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Motions in Writing HB1633 Bill Page


HB2049: EDUCATION-HARASSMENT (WEST, II M)

Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district must create, implement, and maintain an age-appropriate policy on race-related harassment and discrimination. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, provides that the required policy on bullying shall also include age-appropriate information about the definitions of harassment and sexual harassment, the procedures for reporting harassment, and the protections and relief available under Illinois Human Rights Act. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that harassment by an elementary, secondary, or higher education representative or the failure of an institution of elementary, secondary, or higher education to take remedial action or appropriate disciplinary action against a student or an elementary, secondary, or higher education representative employed by the institution (if the institution knows that the student or representative committed or engaged in harassment) is a civil rights violation. Provides that each institution of elementary, secondary, or higher education shall establish, implement, and maintain a continuing race-related discrimination and harassment program. Sets forth requirements concerning policies and procedures, a model training program, and reporting. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2024.


CURRENT STATUS 3/22/2023 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez HB2049 Bill Page


HB2189: ACCESS TO AFFORD INSULIN ACT (GUZZARDI W)

Creates the Access to Affordable Insulin Act. Sets forth provisions concerning an insulin urgent-need program. Provides that each manufacturer shall establish procedures to make insulin available to eligible individuals who are in urgent need of insulin or who are in need of assistance to access an affordable insulin supply. Sets forth provisions concerning insulin urgent-need program exceptions, eligibility, forms, applications, claims and reimbursement, copayments, information sheets, navigators, and penalties. Defines terms. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. In provisions concerning cost sharing in prescription insulin drugs, provides that an insurer that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs under the terms of a health coverage plan the insurer offers shall limit the total amount that an insured is required to pay for a 30-day supply of covered prescription insulin drugs at an amount not to exceed $35 (rather than $100). Effective immediately. House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Changes the effective date to January 1, 2025 (instead of effective immediately). Removes the Access to Affordable Insulin Act. NASW-IL supports this bill.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB2189 Bill Page


HB2214: DHS-STOLEN SNAP BENEFITS-DATA (HARPER S)

Amends the Administration Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Human Services to track and collect data on the scope and frequency of SNAP benefits fraud in Illinois where a SNAP recipient's benefits are stolen from the recipient's electronic benefits transfer card by means of card skimming, card cloning, or some other similar fraudulent method. Requires the Department to specifically keep a record of every report made to the Department by a SNAP recipient alleging the theft of benefits due to no fault of the recipient, the benefit amount stolen, and, if practicable, how those stolen benefits were used and the location of those thefts. Requires the Department to report its findings to the General Assembly on a quarterly basis beginning in calendar year 2024. Provides that a SNAP recipient's personally identifiable information shall be excluded from the reports consistent with State and federal privacy protections; and that each quarterly report shall be posted on the Department's official website. Provides that if the Department determines that a SNAP recipient has made a substantiated report of stolen benefits due to card skimming, card cloning, or some other similar fraudulent method, the Department shall refer the matter to the Attorney General and shall provide any assistance to the Attorney General in the prosecution of the alleged theft or fraud.


CURRENT STATUS 3/29/2023 - House Human Services


HB2261: HUMAN RIGHTS-REAL ESTATE (GONG-GERSHOWITZ J)

Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a civil rights violation, because of immigration status, to: refuse to engage in a real estate transaction or otherwise make unavailable or deny real property; alter the terms, conditions, or privileges of a real estate transaction; refuse to receive or fail to transmit a bona fide offer in a real estate transaction from a person; refuse to negotiate a real estate transaction with a person; represent to a person that real property is not available for inspection, sale, rental, or lease, fail to bring a property listing to a person's attention, or refuse to permit a person to inspect real property; make, print, circulate, post, mail, publish, or cause such actions, any notice, statement, advertisement, or sign, use a form of application for a real estate transaction, or make a record or inquiry in connection with a prospective real estate transaction that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on immigration status, or an intention to make such preference, limitation, or discrimination; offer, solicit, accept, use, or retain a listing of real property with knowledge that discrimination based on immigration status in a real estate transaction is intended; refuse to engage in loan modification services; alter the terms, conditions, or privileges of loan modification services; discriminate in making loan modification services available; solicit for sale, lease, listing, or purchase any residential real estate on the grounds of loss of value due to the present or prospective entry into the vicinity of the property involved of any person of any particular immigration status; distribute or cause to be distributed, written material or statements designed to induce any owner of residential real estate to sell or lease property because of any present or prospective changes in the immigration status of residents in the vicinity of the property involved; or intentionally create alarm by transmitting communications to induce any owner of residential real estate to sell or lease property because of any present or prospective entry into the vicinity of the property involved of any person of any particular immigration status. Provides that nothing prohibits inquiry into or the use of immigration status if the inquiry or use is otherwise required by federal law. Makes other changes.


CURRENT STATUS 3/29/2023 - House Immigration & Human Rights


HB2365SOCIAL WORK-EXAM ALTERNATE (LAPOINTE L)

Amends the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act. Provides that an applicant may use an examination alternative to allow the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to ascertain the qualifications and fitness of candidates for a license to engage in the independent practice of clinical social work. Provides that the examination alternative shall consist of at least 2 years of supervised professional experience subsequent to obtaining the degree as established by rule. Provides that the examination alternative supervised professional experience shall be in addition to any other supervised clinical professional experience required for licensure. Provides that beginning January 1, 2026, an applicant acquiring the examination alternative supervised professional experience must be a licensed social worker or licensed in this State for the practice of school social work prior to acquiring the supervised professional experience. Provides that the Department shall require that a qualified licensed clinical social work supervisor to complete at least 6 hours of continuing education training. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB2365 Bill Page


HB2380: HIGHER ED-HUM SERV LOAN REPAY (LAPOINTE L)

Amends the Human Services Professional Loan Repayment Program Act. Provides that a community-based human services agency may contract with, receive funding from, or be grant-funded by a State agency (instead of may contract with or be grant-funded by a State agency). Provides that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, in awarding grants under the Act, may grant preference to applicants based on need or income levels. Removes the provision limiting the grant to an applicant for a cumulative maximum of 4 years. In provisions regarding the eligibility of an applicant, provides that the applicant shall have been a full-time employee for at least 24 consecutive months as a human services professional and the community-based human services agency shall currently have or have had a contract with, receive funding from, or be grant-funded by a State agency for the purpose of providing human services during the applicant's 24 consecutive month tenure (instead of shall have worked for at least 24 consecutive months as a full-time employee as a human services professional in a community-based human services agency that currently has or did have a contract with a State agency to provide human services during the duration of applicant's 24 consecutive month tenure). Effective July 1, 2023.


CURRENT STATUS 3/22/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB2380 Bill Page


HB2769: HEALTH LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE (NICHOLS C)

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. In provisions concerning the Department of Human Services' Health Local Food Incentives Program, expands the program to provide grants to farm stands, mobile markets, community-supported agriculture sites, grocery stores, and other direct food retailers that participate in the SNAP program (rather than providing grants to participating Illinois farmers markets and direct producer-to-consumer venues). Requires the Department to consult and cooperate with non-profit organizations to develop and implement rules to distribute grants under the program (rather than designating a single non-profit organization or agency to receive an annual $500,000 grant to be distributed to participating Illinois farmers markets and direct producer-to-consumer venues). Effective July 1, 2023.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB2769 Bill Page


HB2789LIBRARY SYSTEMS-BOOK BANNING (STAVA-MURRAY A)

Amends the Illinois Library System Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State to encourage the improvement of free public libraries and to encourage cooperation among all types of libraries in promoting the sharing of library resources, including digital resources, and to encourage and protect the freedom of public libraries and library systems to acquire materials without external limitation and to be protected against attempts to ban, remove, or otherwise restrict access to books or other materials. Provides that the State Librarian shall prescribe rules concerning the development of a written policy declaring the inherent authority of the public library or library system to prohibit the practice of banning specific books or resources. Provides that, in order to be eligible for State grants, a public library or library system shall develop a written policy prohibiting the practice of banning books within the public library or library system. Makes other changes. House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: changes references to "public library or library system" to "library or library system"; provides that an alternative to the development of a written statement (rather than policy) prohibiting the practice of banning books is to adopt the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights that indicates materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval; and provides that the written statement shall declare that an adequate collection (rather than stock) of books and other materials is needed in a sufficient size and varied in kind and subject matter to satisfy the library needs of the people of the State. Makes conforming changes.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB2789 Bill Page


HB2818: HUMAN RIGHTS-PRIOR CONVICTION (LILLY C)

Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that a formerly convicted person may petition the Department of Human Rights for a grant of protected class status. Provides that the Department may grant protected class status to a formerly convicted person who meets the following conditions: the person has complied with each term and condition of the person's parole, mandatory supervised release, probation, or conditional discharge; the person has obtained a high school diploma or received a high school equivalency certificate; the person is employed or actively seeking employment or is enrolled in or has successfully completed a vocational training or college educational program; the person has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor within the last 5 years; and the person has completed all sanctions imposed upon the person through due process of law. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules concerning what constitutes an intellectual or developmental disability that prevents the formerly convicted person from meeting some of the conditions and who is qualified to diagnose such a person. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions. Provides that protected class status previously granted to a formerly convicted person shall be revoked by the Department after notice and a hearing, if the formerly convicted person is subsequently convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Provides that the revocation process shall be initiated by a petition that sets forth the date of the subsequent offense, description of the offense, date of conviction for the subsequent offense, and sentence imposed on the conviction. Provides that a copy of the petition and notice of the hearing date shall be served on the formerly convicted person.


CURRENT STATUS 3/29/2023 - House Immigration & Human Rights


HB2831: TASK FORCE ON HOMELESSNESS (LAPOINTE L)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Creates the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (Office) within the Department of Human Services to facilitate the implementation of a strategic plan and initiatives aimed at decreasing homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization in Illinois, improving health and human services outcomes for people who experience homelessness, and strengthening the safety nets that contribute to housing stability. Provides that the Office shall be led by the State Homelessness Chief Officer who shall report to the Secretary of the Department. Provides that the Chief Officer shall also chair the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness, co-chair the Community Advisory Council on Homelessness, and lead the State's comprehensive efforts related to homelessness prevention. Creates the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness within the Department of Human Services to facilitate and implement initiatives related to decreasing homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization in this State, improving health and human services outcomes for people who experience homelessness, and strengthening the safety nets that contribute to housing stability. Sets forth the Task Force's specific duties. Requires the Task Force to submit annual reports to the Governor and General Assembly regarding the Task Force's work during the year prior, any new recommendations developed by the Task Force, any recommendations made by the Community Advisory Council on Homelessness, and any key outcomes and measures related to homelessness. Contains provisions concerning Task Force membership; Task Force meetings; Task Force subcommittees; administrative support to the Task Force; and other matters. Creates the Community Advisory Council on Homelessness (Advisory Council) within the Department of Human Services to make recommendations to the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness regarding homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization with the goals of achieving functional zero homelessness, improving health and human services outcomes for people experiencing homelessness and strengthening the safety nets that contribute to housing stability. Contains provisions concerning Advisory Council membership; Advisory Council meetings; administrative support to the Advisory Council; and other matters. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Lakesia Collins HB2831 Bill Page


HB2838DHS-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FUNDING (LAPOINTE L)

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that, beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, the Department of Human Services shall establish and administer the Behavioral Health Scholarship Program for the purpose of incentivizing students to pursue degrees in a behavioral health discipline. Provides that the Department shall award financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, university fees, and books each year for a maximum of 4 years at a participating university if the applicant meets certain conditions. Sets forth rules, regulations, and other requirements for the Program. Provides that the Department shall establish the Employment Funding Grant Program to provide grants to qualified individuals who work for a community not-for-profit behavioral health agency or a federally qualified health center. Defines who is a qualified individual. Sets forth rules, regulations, and other requirements for the Program. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Behavioral Health Education Program Fund. Makes other changes.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB2838 Bill Page


HB2847INS-MENTAL HEALTH CARE ACCESS (LAPOINTE L)

Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Mental Health Equity Access and Prevention Act. Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Department of Public Health shall undertake a public educational campaign to bring broad public awareness to communities across the State on the importance of mental health and wellness. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or a managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025 shall cover all medically necessary out-of-network mental health visits, treatment, and services provided by a mental health provider or facility. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025 shall provide coverage for 2 annual mental health prevention and wellness visits for children and for adults. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025 shall not require the diagnosis of a mental, emotional, or nervous disorder or condition to establish medical necessity for mental health care, services, or treatment. Provides that the Department of Insurance shall contract with an independent third party with expertise in analyzing commercial insurance premiums and costs to perform an independent analysis of the impact of the coverage of services pursuant to the provisions has had on insurance premiums. Provides that the Department shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions by no later than October 31, 2024. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB2847 Bill Page


HB3116SCH CD-STAFF TRAINING-HOMELESS (STUART K)

Amends the School Code. Provides that at least once every 2 years, a school board shall conduct in-service training on homelessness for all school personnel. Sets forth what the training must include. Provides that a school board may work with a community-based organization that specializes in working with homeless children and youth to develop and provide the training. House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill and adds an August 20, 2024 effective date.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 072-035-000 HB3116 Bill Page


HB3129: EQUAL PAY ACT-PAY SCALE (CANTY M)

Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Provides that it is unlawful for an employer with 15 or more employees to fail to include the pay scale for a position in any job posting. Provides that if an employer with 15 or more employees engages a third party to announce, post, publish, or otherwise make known a job posting, the employer shall provide the pay scale to the third party and the third party shall include the pay scale in the job posting. Defines "pay scale". Makes conforming changes to provisions concerning violations of the Act and fines and penalties. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3129 Bill Page


HB3222LANGUAGE EQUITY & ACCESS ACT (AVELAR D)

Creates the Office of Language Equity and Access Act. Provides that the Office of Language Equity and Access is created in the Governor's Office of New Americans to ensure equitable and meaningful access to State information, services, programs, and activities for persons who have limited English proficiency. Provides that the Director of the Office shall work with State agencies and use available resources within the Office of New Americans and Office of Equity to ensure that, among other things, each State agency takes reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to services, programs, and activities by persons with limited English proficiency. Provides that the Office shall have a full-time Director who is bilingual and has experience in serving immigrant populations. Describes the duties and responsibilities of the Director. Provides that there shall be a bilingual employment plan, which would require designations of positions as bilingual and result in the hiring of qualified personnel who are bilingual. Provides that the Director shall comply with specified requirements concerning the need for interpreters and translators. Provides that the Director shall develop a template and mechanism for collecting, storing, and analyzing language access plans.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3222 Bill Page


HB3230: BEHAVIORIAL HEALTH CRISIS CARE (LAPOINTE L)

Creates the Strengthening and Transforming Behavioral Health Crisis Care in Illinois Act. Requires the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, to use an independent third-party expert to conduct a cost analysis and determine actuarially sound costs associated with developing and maintaining a statewide initiative for the coordination and delivery of the continuum of behavioral health crisis response services in the State, including crisis call centers, mobile crisis response team services, crisis receiving and stabilization centers, and other acute behavioral health services. Contains provisions concerning recommendations on multiple sources of funding that could potentially be utilized to support a sustainable and comprehensive continuum of behavioral health crisis response services; a behavioral health crisis workforce; an action plan; a stakeholder working group to develop recommendations to coordinate programming and strategies to support a cohesive behavioral health crisis response system; and other matters. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3230 Bill Page


HB3418: REENTRY INTO THE WORKFORCE (SLAUGHTER J)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Securing All Futures through Equitable Reinvestment (SAFER) Communities Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall create a program to award grants to Navigators for specified purposes, including wage reimbursements for employers that employ certain formerly incarcerated individuals. Contains provisions concerning requirements for wage reimbursements. Provides that "Navigator" means an entity that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in administering workforce development programs for formerly incarcerated participants and is certified by the Department as a Navigator. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Authorizes the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to adopt emergency rules to implement the Securing All Futures through Equitable Reinvestment (SAFER) Communities Act. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Repeals a tax credit for wages paid to ex-felons, and establishes a credit for wages paid to ex-offenders. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB3418 Bill Page


HB3507: GENDER TAX REPEAL ACT (JIMÉNEZ L)

Creates the Gender Tax Repeal Act. Provides that a business shall not charge a different price for any goods or services that are substantially similar if those goods are priced differently based on the gender of the individuals for whom the goods are marketed and intended. Provides for civil penalties. Provides that the Act does not alter or affect the provisions of the Insurance Code or other laws that govern health care service plans or insurer underwriting or rating practices.


CURRENT STATUS 3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee HB3507 Bill Page


HB3600: SCH CD-IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (MUSSMAN M)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. Provides that if a student is sent home for a full or partial school day, subjected to an in-school suspension, told not to come to school for non-medical reasons, or for other reasons that are not valid causes for absence, including behaviors that do not rise to the level of gross disobedience or misconduct, removal from the educational environment must be documented and the student's parent or guardian must be provided a notice in writing describing the action taken and the specific reason or reasons for the action. Provides that the written notice to the parents or guardian of a student with a disability provided must include a description of the school district's responsibility to convene a meeting of the student's IEP team or Section 504 plan team to review the student's behavioral intervention plan or to develop such a plan, and the parent's right to request such a meeting, if the cumulative number of days of removal of the student exceeds 10 in a school year. Provides that a school board shall authorize a superintendent of the district or the principal, assistant principal, or dean of students of any school to assign pupils guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct and send the pupil to in-school suspension, and no action shall lie against them for the in-school suspension. Provides that before assigning a pupil to in-school suspension, the charges shall be explained to the pupil and the pupil shall be given an opportunity to respond to the charges. Provides that pupils shall be given the opportunity to complete classroom work during the in-school suspension for equivalent academic credit. Provides that an in-school suspension program provided by a school district for any pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 may focus on promoting non-violent conflict resolution and positive interaction with other pupils and school personnel. Provides that a school district may employ a school social worker or a licensed mental health professional to oversee an in-school suspension program. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3600 Bill Page


HB3636: KOSHER & HALAL FOODS (RASHID A)

Amends the School Code. Requires each school board to provide for a program by which both halal and kosher food options are offered in public school cafeterias by request. Provides further requirements concerning the provision of halal and kosher food in public schools. Amends the Halal Food Act. Defines "State-owned or State-operated facility". Provides that any State-owned or State-operated facility that provides food services or cafeteria services for which food products are provided or offered for sale also shall offer, upon request provided with reasonable notice, halal food options at the State-owned or State-operated facility. Provides that any halal food product offered shall be certified as halal by a State-approved organization or purchased from a State-approved halal-certified vendor. Provides that any person, organization, or vendor falsely representing a food product it provides as halal or falsely representing itself as a halal-certified vendor shall be subject to penalties under the Act. Provides for the adoption of rules. Provides that the amendatory provisions shall not infringe upon or affect any obligation in a contract entered into and in effect on or before the amendatory Act's effective date. Amends the Kosher Food Act. Makes substantially similar changes as to kosher food options at State facilities, defines "kosher", and provides that a violation of the provisions concerning State facility kosher food services is a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for the second and each subsequent offense. Effective June 1, 2025.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3636 Bill Page


HB3740HIGHER ED-INCARCERATED STUDENT (AMMONS C)

House Floor Amendment No.1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. In the definitions of "institution of higher learning", "qualified institution", and "institution", provides that the exclusion of academic programs for incarcerated students does not apply to the monetary award program. Provides for a July 1, 2024 effective date.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly HB3740 Bill Page


HB3798: EDUC-SCH SOCIAL WORKER GRANT (STAVA-MURRAY A)

Amends the State Board of Education Article of the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, all internships for school social workers must be paid internships. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education shall award competitive grants on an annual basis to school districts to assist in the funding of these paid internships. Provides that the State Board of Education shall annually disseminate a request for applications to the grant program. Provides that higher priority shall be given to schools that demonstrate a shortage of school social workers, which is determined by the average ratio of school social workers to students in the target school district over the preceding 3 school years. Provides that the State Board of Education shall produce an annual report on the program. Amends the Board of Higher Education Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Board of Higher Education shall award competitive grants on an annual basis to colleges and universities in this State to fund field placements for social workers. Provides that, subject to appropriation, colleges and universities shall annually disseminate a request for applications from students under the grant program. Provides that colleges and universities, upon receiving funding, shall provide applications to students eligible for this funding. Provides that a college or university shall give priority to applicants who are members of a racial minority. Provides that each college or university that receives funds shall provide an annual report to the Board of Higher Education, and the Board of Higher Education shall post those reports on the Board's website. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments HB3798 Bill Page


HB3818: COMMISSION ON HIGHER ED-PRISON (AMMONS C)

Amends the Board of Higher Education Act. Requires the Board of Higher Education to establish the Commission on Higher Education in Prison. Provides that the Commission shall be responsible for assisting the Board in implementing and coordinating the recommendations of the Illinois Higher Education in Prison Task Force. Provides that within the first 3 months after its first meeting, the Commission shall identify recommendations to implement, with a minimum of 3 recommendations per year. Provides that any recommendations that are identified shall expand access to quality higher education in prison in this State and propel this State to being a national exemplar in the area. Sets forth provisions concerning Commission membership, meetings, responsibilities, and dissolution.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee HB3818 Bill Page


HB3933: CHILDREN-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (YANG ROHR J)

Amends the Bill of Rights for Children. Provides that every juvenile for whom a delinquency petition has been filed and who is detained shall have access to mental health services and professionals. Provides that juvenile probation officers, employees of juvenile detention centers, employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and juvenile police officers shall receive specific training to address the mental health needs of juveniles. Provides that this training must include instruction in adolescent development, child trauma, adolescent behavioral health conditions, and specific techniques to be able to exercise trauma-informed mediation and de-escalation techniques. Provides that following the juvenile's release from a juvenile detention center or custody, the juvenile must receive counseling, therapy, and job training to aid in the juvenile's reentry into society. Provides that a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a juvenile shall be informed of all mental health interventions and services utilized during the juvenile's detention and available after detention. Defines "juvenile" as a delinquent minor as defined in the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or a person who is the subject of a delinquency petition filed under that Act.


CURRENT STATUS 3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee HB3933 Bill Page


HB3957: GENERIC DRUG PRICING FAIRNESS (SYED N)

Creates the Illinois Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act. Provides that a manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor shall not engage in price gouging in the sale of an essential off-patent or generic drug. Provides that the Director of Healthcare and Family Services or Director of Central Management Services may notify the Attorney General of any increase in the price of any essential off-patent or generic drug under the Medical Assistance Program under the Illinois Public Aid Code or a State health plan, respectively, that amounts to price gouging. Provides that whenever the Attorney General has reason to believe that a manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor of an essential off-patent or generic drug has violated the Act, the Attorney General shall send a notice to the manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor requesting a specified statement. Provides that within 45 days after receipt of the request, the manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor shall submit the statement to the Attorney General. Provides that to accomplish the objectives and carry out the duties prescribed in the Act, the Attorney General may issue subpoenas or examine under oath any person to determine whether a manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor has violated the Act. Provides that upon petition of the Attorney General, a circuit court may issue specified orders against violations of the Act. Contains provisions concerning the disclosure of financial information provided by a manufacturer or wholesale drug distributor to the Attorney General. Effective January 1, 2024.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - House Bills on Second Reading HB3957 Bill Page


SB48: MEDICAID-TELEHEALTH SERVICES (SYVERSON D)

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. In a provision concerning vendor enrollment in the medical assistance program, provides that nothing in the provision shall be construed to require a vendor or provider who exclusively offers telehealth services or any telehealth provider group to maintain a physical address or office in Illinois or have an Illinois mailing address in order to be eligible to enroll as a vendor or provider in the medical assistance program, if the vendor, provider, or telehealth provider group is licensed or authorized to practice in Illinois and has a principal place of business located in the United States.


CURRENT STATUS 3/23/2023 - Rule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As March 31, 2023 SB48 Bill Page


SB1344: COVERAGE-ABORT/HORMONE/HIV (VILLANUEVA C)

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance amended, delivered, issued, or renewed in the State on or after (rather than only after) January 1, 2024 shall provide coverage for all abortifacients, hormonal therapy medication, human immunodeficiency virus pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and follow-up services related to that coverage. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Second Reading SB1344 Bill Page


SB14039-8-8 TASK FORCE (FINE L)

Creates the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Task Force Act. Provides that the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Task Force shall be composed of 12 appointed members and the State's Chief Behavioral Health Officer, or the Officer's representative. Provides that the 2 Task Force co-chairs shall appoint experts to contribute and participate in the Task Force as nonvoting members. Provides for meetings of the Task Force and responsibilities relating to examination of the first year of implementation and use of the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in Illinois. Requires the development of an action plan with specified recommendations to be filed with the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2023. Includes legislative findings. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2025. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Second Reading SB1403 Bill Page


SB1463: MINORS-NO FEES OR FINES (PETERS R)

Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that the court shall not order any assessments, such as fees, fines, or administrative costs, except for assessments made in traffic, boating, or fish and game law, or municipal ordinance violations as provided in the Act, against a minor subject to the Minors Requiring Authoritative Intervention Article, Addicted Minors Article, or Delinquent Minors Article of the Act or against the minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian. Provides that, except for assessments made in traffic, boating, or fish and game law, or municipal ordinance violations as provided in the Act, any judgment, order, agreement, or other legally enforceable encumbrance directing a minor or his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian to pay assessments prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act is null, void, and not collectible if there remains a balance due, including interest, penalties, or collection fees. Provides that, if the court orders community service for the minor, community service shall not interfere with the school hours, school-related activities, or work commitments of the minor or the minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian. Provides that, one year after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts shall report to the General Assembly: (1) the number of judgments, orders, agreements, or other legally enforceable encumbrances vacated pursuant to this provision in each judicial district; and (2) the total balances of fees, fines, and administrative costs vacated in each judicial district. Makes other changes. Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes. Effective immediately. Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Provides that if the minor or the minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian is unable to cover the cost of a condition of the minor's continuance under supervision, the court shall not preclude the minor from receiving continuance under supervision based on the inability to pay. Provides that if the minor or the minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian is unable to cover the cost of a condition of probation or conditional discharge, the court shall not preclude the minor from receiving probation, conditional discharge, or supervision based on the inability to pay. Provides that inability to pay shall not be grounds to object to the minor's placement on a continuance under supervision. Provides that the inability of a minor, or minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian, to cover the costs associated with an appropriate sentencing order shall not be the basis for the court to enter a sentencing order incongruent with the court's findings regarding the offense on which the minor was adjudicated or the mitigating factors. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Second Reading SB1463 Bill Page


SB1478: DCFS-DUE PROCESS-YOUTH IN CARE (GILLESPIE A)

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Creates the Due Process for Youth Oversight Commission (Commission) to oversee the creation and implementation of a youth's statutory right to counsel in abuse and neglect proceedings conducted in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Requires the Commission to provide direction and operational phases for implementation statewide, provide status reports and recommendations to the General Assembly regarding implementation, and provide ongoing implementation and program oversight for 5 years after statewide transition is completed. Contains provisions concerning the Commission's membership; term limits; scheduled meetings; data support provided by the Department of Children and Family Services; Commission duties; and the date of the Commission's dissolution. Amends the Foster Children's Bill of Rights Act. Expands the rights afforded to every child placed in foster care to include the right to have a court appoint an attorney to represent the youth in any abuse or neglect case who will advocate for the youth's wishes and make recommendations to the court regarding the youth's care. Provides that this right applies to court proceedings pending or commenced on or after 3 years of the effective date of the amendatory Act or a date established by the Due Process for Youth Oversight Commission, whichever is sooner. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that immediately upon the filing of an abuse or neglect petition, the court shall appoint counsel for each minor who is the subject of that petition, unless the minor has already retained counsel. Provides that this requirement shall apply to court proceedings pending or commenced on or after 3 years of the effective date of the amendatory Act or a date established by the Due Process for Youth Oversight Commission, whichever is sooner. Provides that each respondent in any petition filed under the Act who is 8 years of age or older shall be furnished a written "Notice of Rights" at or before the first hearing at which the respondent appears. Provides that counsel appointed by a court to represent a minor in neglect or abuse proceedings shall have a minimum of one in-person contact with the minor prior to each hearing and at least one in-person contact every quarter. Provides that such counsel is prohibited from serving as the minor's guardian ad litem or being employed by the same law office as the minor's guardian ad litem. Provides that the preceding sentence applies to proceedings pending or commenced on or after the effective date established by the Due Process for Youth Oversight Commission. Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Chief House Sponsor Rep. Lakesia Collins SB1478 Bill Page


SB1709: MENTAL HEALTH-STUDENT ACCESS (SIMMONS M)

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the Department of Human Resources shall partner with the State Board of Education to provide technical assistance for the provision of mental health care during school days with the goal of increasing the availability and accessibility of mental health resources for students. Provides that the Department shall report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the technical assistance provision no later than July 1, 2025. Provides for rulemaking by the Department and the State Board of Education.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Third Reading Agreed Bill List SB1709 Bill Page


SB1719: HIGHER ED-HUM SERV LOAN REPAY (FINE L)

Amends the Human Services Professional Loan Repayment Program Act. Provides that a community-based human services agency may contract with, receive funding from, or be grant-funded by a State agency (instead of may contract with or be grant-funded by a State agency). Provides that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, in awarding grants under the Act, may grant preference to applicants based on need or income levels. Removes the provision limiting the grant to an applicant for a cumulative maximum of 4 years. In provisions regarding the eligibility of an applicant, provides that the applicant shall have been a full-time employee for at least 24 consecutive months as a human services professional and the community-based human services agency shall currently have or have had a contract with, receive funding from, or be grant-funded by a State agency for the purpose of providing human services during the applicant's 24 consecutive month tenure (instead of shall have worked for at least 24 consecutive months as a full-time employee as a human services professional in a community-based human services agency that currently has or did have a contract with a State agency to provide human services during the duration of applicant's 24 consecutive month tenure). Effective July 1, 2023.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Third Reading SB1719 Bill Page


SB2293DCFS-YOUTH IN CARE FUND (MORRISON J)

Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Permits the Department of Children and Family Services to establish and maintain locally held funds to be individually known as the Youth in Care Support Fund. Provides that moneys in these funds shall be used for purchases for the immediate needs of youth in care or for the immediate support needs of youth, families, and caregivers served by the Department. Provides that moneys paid into these funds shall be from appropriations made to the DCFS Children's Services Fund; and that any funds remaining in any Youth in Care Support Fund must be returned to the DCFS Children's Services Fund upon dissolution. Provides that any warrant for payment to a vendor for the same product or service for a youth in care shall be payable to the Department to reimburse the immediate payment from the Youth in Care Support Fund.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Senate Bills on Third Reading Agreed Bill List SB2293 Bill Page


SB2379COUNSEL-IMMIGRATION (VILLANUEVA C)

Amends the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Act. Provides that the Task Force shall submit a report of its findings in the investigation and its recommendations for how to fully provide legal representation for covered individuals facing covered proceedings by no later than July 1, 2024 Repeals the Act July 1, 2025 (previously 2024). Effective immediately.


CURRENT STATUS 3/24/2023 - Messages from the Senate SB2379 Bill Page

 

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