The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Firearms held their first hearing on March 8 to focus on legislative initiatives involving gun sales and possession.
The Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees met for the fourth time to resume their conversations with new data about the outbreaks and sequence of events at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The meeting took place at the Bilandic Building in Chicago on March 5.
The Senate Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention met for a very sensitive matter that involves an open investigation on sexual harassment at a multinational company.
More light was shed on the state’s sweeping opioid epidemic, as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that last year Illinois emergency rooms experienced a 66 percent spike in opioid overdoses.
The Senate passed several different gun safety bills during the week, receiving a varied reaction from lawmakers in the Senate. Discussions on gun control will likely continue to dominate public and legislative discourse up to and beyond the General Assembly’s scheduled adjournment May 31.
The Senate also passed legislation (Senate Bill 1773 and Senate Bill 1573) to update a Medicaid assessment system that ensures that hospitals across the state will continue to receive federal funding. The program is fully financed by hospitals and the federal government—there is no cost to the state.
State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) has signed on as a Chief Co-sponsor for legislation that would make it illegal in the state of Illinois to sell, purchase or possess bump stocks—a device attachment for a semiautomatic rifle that allows it to fire faster, operating similarly to a fully automatic rifle.
Last year’s major reform of Illinois’ school-aid formula may be unraveling.
Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives came together Feb. 14 for a joint session of the General Assembly, gathering to listen to the annual Budget Address.
A bill voted out of the Senate Public Health Committee would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Senate Bill 2332 would set the legal age to buy or use tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products at 21 years of age. Senate Bill 2332 would also require retailers to verify the age of tobacco customers by government photo IDs or – for an online or other type of remote purchase – through a third-party age verification service; and restricts free samples of electronic c
Legislation approved this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee would protect law enforcement officers and medical professionals from liability when they use EpiPens in emergencies.
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee continued its efforts to learn more about the Legionella outbreak at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Lawmakers discussed the state’s response to the outbreak in a joint Senate/House of Representatives hearing on Feb. 7.
On January 31, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address before members of both houses of the state legislature.
Taking steps to address the ongoing problem of gender-based pay disparity and protect employee privacy in Illinois, State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 2333, legislation that would prohibit employers from asking potential employees about their salary history.
According to Crain’s Chicago, Amazon announced “that it has picked 20 metro areas to move to the next phase of the process as it looks for a home for a second headquarters.”
llinois motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time under Senate Bill 2293, which would allow motorists, beginning in 2020, to register their vehicles for one or two years.
Last summer, Illinois lawmakers passed, and the Governor signed, an historic, school funding law. Then, during the fall veto session, the General Assembly passed a trailer bill (Senate Bill 444) making two technical changes dealing with how Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) is calculated in the new school funding formula. The trailer bill advanced so the modeling done by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for the new formula matched up with school funding law.
Do you have questions about how to protect yourself and others from identity theft and consumer fraud? Are you interested in learning how to check your credit report or how to file a consumer fraud complaint?
Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.
Right now, human trafficking is occurring across the state and throughout the nation. Raising awareness in all communities across Illinois and encouraging the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking are some critical steps that can be taken to help end human trafficking.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a new law will help deter the practice known as “doctor-shopping” for prescription drugs, by requiring prescribers to check a patient’s prescription history before writing a prescription.
Several measures that take effect January 1st seek to provide veterans with the tools they need to be successful when returning to civilian life.
One of the most controversial laws taking effect Jan. 1, will be House Bill 40, which expands taxpayer funding for abortions. Senate Republican lawmakers voted against the measure, which would dedicate state funds to purely elective procedures, by mandating state insurance and Medicaid coverage of abortion, induced miscarriage or induced premature birth.
Also beginning in 2018, 16-year-olds will have the opportunity to have their names included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. House Bill 1805 reduces the age of consent from 18 to 16, to give younger residents the option to become a donor, which will increase the numbers of organ and tissue donors in the database.
The state’s Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force reported this week that approximately $450 million in fraudulent or wasteful Medicaid spending has been saved, prevented or recovered in Illinois over the last two fiscal years, ensuring more of the state’s much-needed health care dollars are spent on truly needy beneficiaries.
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