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Weekly Legislative Update – April 27, 2021

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM EQUIP FOR EQUALITY

The following are disability-related bills and/or issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly that are scheduled to be heard in committee during the period of April 27 to April 30, 2021:

House Appropriations-General Services Committee
April 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Executive Ethics Commission, Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability, Civil Service Commission, Independent Tax Tribunal, Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, Illinois Arts Council, Central Management Services.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

Joint Hearing of House Health Care Availability & Accessibility Committee and House Human Services Committee
April 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 3 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: COVID Vaccination Update and Barriers.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

HR 205, Representative Thomas Morrison

Acknowledges the hardships faced by those with a disability and the need to increase education and awareness of these issues for people throughout the State of Illinois.

  • To read the full text of HR 205: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 205: Click

 

HR 212, Representative Robyn Gabel

Declares May 25, 2021 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day in Illinois to highlight the

impact of trauma and the importance of prevention of adversity and fostering individual and community resilience through trauma-informed, healing-centered care.

  • To read the full text of HR 212: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 212: Click

 

House Elementary & Secondary Education: Curriculum & Polices Committee
April 28, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

HR 88, Representative Delia C. Ramirez

Urges policy decisions of State agencies and the Illinois General Assembly to align with the goal of preventing, reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the use of restraint and seclusion with children and adolescents.

  • To read the full text of HR 88: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 88: Click

 

Joint Hearing of House Human Services Committee and House Mental Health & Addiction Committee
April 28, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: State of Long Term Care and COVID.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 HR 4, HCA 1, Representative Maurice A. West, II

Acknowledges that toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences can have significantly negative short-term, long-term, and generational impacts and that early interventions through trauma-informed care is the most efficient and cost effective way to combat these impacts. Urges the Illinois General Assembly to seek out opportunities to enhance legislation through the science of resiliency and a trauma informed lens and funding around early intervention services for children and families that centers the principles of brain development, the intimate connection between mental and physical health, and the concepts of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences.

  • To read the full text of HR 4: Click
  • To read the text of HCA 1: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 4, HCA 1: Click

 HR 106, Representative Camille Y. Lilly

Acknowledges the seriousness of mental health issues in Illinois and strives to improve awareness and treatment of these issues. Urges the members of the General Assembly to have discussions and forums with their communities to promote awareness of mental health issues and access to mental health resources. Encourages the members of the General Assembly and all school districts in Illinois to post information on mental health issues and local treatment resources on their public websites. Encourages all school districts in Illinois to implement mental health screenings to properly identify students with mental health problems. Encourages the federal government to improve mental health awareness, treatment, and funding to improve the lives of citizens struggling with mental health issues.

  • To read the full text of HR 106: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 106: Click

 

House State Government Administration Committee
April 28, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

HR 60, Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth

Recognizes the importance, effectiveness, and need for trauma-informed care among existing programs and agencies in the State of Illinois and expresses support for the establishment of such care.

  • To read the full text of HR 60: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 60: Click

 

House Appropriations-General Services Committee
April 28, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Lieutenant Governor, Court of Claim, Architect of the Capitol, Department of Insurance, Legislative Reference Bureau, Racing Board.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee
April 28, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Department of Corrections COVID-19 Response.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee
April 29, 2021, 8:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Northeastern Illinois University, Golden Apple, Partnership for College Completion, Women Employed, Advance Illinois, NAMI, Young Invincibles.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Appropriations-Human Services Committee
April 29, 2021, 8:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Department of Healthcare & Family Services

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

Senate Education Committee
April 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Room 212, Capitol Building

or

Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SB 810, SFA 1, Senator Thomas Cullerton

Amends the School Code.  Requires each school district to provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line on the back of student identification cards issued by the school district.  If the school district does not issue student identification cards, the school district must publish this information on its website.

  • To read the full text of SB 810, SFA 1: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 810, SFA 1: Click

 

 

Senate Health Committee
April 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Room 400, Capitol Building

or

Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SB 2137, SFA 2, Senator Jacqueline Collins

Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall require each long-term care facility to adopt and implement written policies, provide for the availability of technology to facility residents, and ensure that appropriate staff and other capabilities are in place to prevent the social isolation of facility residents. Contains specified requirements for the social isolation prevention policies. Provides that the social isolation prevention policies shall not be interpreted as a substitute for in person visitation, but shall be wholly in addition to the existing in person visitation policies.  Provides that a resident’s individualized visitation plan shall give priority to the resident’s preferences over the preferences of the resident’s representative. Provides that the Department may distribute civil monetary penalty funds, as approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and any other available federal and State funds, upon request, to facilities for communicative technologies and accessories needed for the purposes of the provisions. Provides that whenever the Department an annual licensure and certification survey, when a complaint is received, or as frequently as may be necessary, the Department shall determine whether the long-term facility is in compliance with the provisions and the policies, protocols, and procedures adopted pursuant to the provisions. Provides that a noncompliant long-term care facility shall be liable to pay an administrative penalty as a Type “C” violation. Provides that implementation of an administrative penalty as a Type “C” violation under the provisions shall not be imposed prior to January 1, 2023. Requires the Department to adopt rules necessary to implement the provisions within 60 days after the amendatory Act’s effective date (and makes conforming changes in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act). Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

  • To read the full text of SB 2137: Click
  • To read the text of SFA 2: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 2137, SFA 2: Click

 

 

Senate State Government Committee
April 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Room 409, Capitol Building

or

Virtual Room 3 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SB 921, SFA 1, Senator Julie A. Morrison

Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Act. Creates the Access and Functionality Needs Advisory Committee to investigate and provide recommendations for identifying and effectively responding to the needs of persons with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster and how to ensure that persons with a disability are included in disaster strategies and emergency management plans.

  • To read the full text of SB 921, SFA 1: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 921, SFA 1: Click

 

Senate Appropriations-Health Committee
April 30, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER ON: SB 374, SB 393, SB 966 – SFA 1, SB 1623, SB 1766, SB 1818, SB 2362, SB 2439, SB 2443, SB 2501, SB 254, SB 2134

  • To read the full text of SB 374: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 393: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 966, SFA 1: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 1623: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 1766: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 1818: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 2362: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 2439: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 2443: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 2501: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 254: Click
  • To read the full text of SB 2134: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

NOTE: If you wish to take any action regarding any of these bills/issues, you may wish to file an electronic witness slip and/or or submit oral or written testimony to the committee holding the hearing and/or contact the members of the committee conducting the hearing and/or the legislators in your home district.  The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all legislators, both Representatives and Senators, can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website at: www.ilga.gov. You may check this website to find out if any of the committee hearing dates or times have been changed, which may happen upon very short notice.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, committee hearings are being held remotely via the Internet.

  • To view instructions regarding the remote hearing process and how to submit oral or written testimony in the HOUSE: Click
  • To view instructions regarding the remote hearing process and how to submit oral or written testimony in the SENATE: Click

 For additional information, please contact:
Cheryl R. Jansen
Public Policy Director
Equip for Equality
cherylj2@equipforequality.org
217-303-8543

 

Last updated: April 28, 2021

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