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Weekly Legislative Update – March 26, 2021

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM EQUIP FOR EQUALITY

NOTE:

  • The deadline to pass substantive bills out of committee in the Senate has been extended from March 26, 2021 to April 16, 2021.

 

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 week of March 29, 2021:

 

House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
March 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma Response, Student Care Department, Community & Residential Services Authority, Advance IL.

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

 

House Revenue & Finance Committee
April 1, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: HB 3208, Representative Janet Yang Rohr

Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that, if a contribution to a qualified ABLE account is made on or after January 1 of any calendar year and on or before April 15 of that calendar year, the taxpayer is allowed a deduction for that contribution for either the taxable year in which the contribution is made or the immediately preceding taxable year, but not both. Provides that the contribution shall count against the contribution limit for the taxable year in which the deduction is taken. Effective immediately.

  • To read the full text of HB 3208: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

 

House Appropriations- Human Services Committee
April 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 3 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Department on Aging, Department of Children and Family

SUBJECT MATTER: Department on Aging, Department of Children and Family Services, and Corner Training Board

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

 

Senate Healthcare Access & Availability Committee
March 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Increases in Opioid-Related Substance Use Deaths.

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

 

Senate Health Committee
March 31, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 1 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

HB 2265, Senator Dave Syverson

Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. In provisions requiring the Department of Public

Health to adopt a protocol specifying how informed consent for psychotropic medication may be obtained or refused that requires a discussion between the resident or the resident’s surrogate decision maker and the resident’s physician, a registered pharmacist, or a licensed nurse about the possible risks and benefits of a recommended medication and the use of standardized consent forms designated by the Department, (i) removes language prohibiting the registered pharmacist from being a dispensing pharmacist for the facility where the resident lives and (ii) specifies that a licensed nurse includes a licensed practical nurse. Provides that specified forms shall be designated (rather than developed) by the Department and may be able to be downloaded from a website designated by the Department (other than the Department’s official website). Provides that the maximum possible period for informed consent shall be until a change in the prescription occurs as to the change in the type of psychotropic medication or an increase in dosage (rather than a change in dosage), unless the physician’s order for which informed consent was given provides for an increase in dosage. Effective immediately.

  • To read the full text of SB 2265: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 2265: Click

 SB 2270, Senator Dave Syverson

Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that, no later than January 1, 2022 (rather than 2011) the Department of Public Health shall file with the Secretary of State’s Office (rather than the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules) proposed rules or proposed amendments to existing rules to certify nursing homes or distinct self-contained units within existing nursing homes (rather than only distinct self-contained units within existing nursing homes) for the behavioral management of persons with a high risk of aggression. Effective immediately.

  • To read the full text of SB 2270: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 2270: Click

SB 2323, Senator Sara Feigenholtz

Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Prohibits the use of restraints on youth in care, including chemical, manual, and mechanical restraints, during the provision of any transportation services provided or arranged by the Department of Children and Family Services or its contractual assigns. Provides that any known, alleged, or suspected violation of the prohibition shall immediately be reported to the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, the court presiding over the youth’s case in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and the youth’s attorney and guardian ad litem. Requires the Department to make a significant events report for any known, alleged, or suspected violation of the prohibition. Sets forth a list of circumstances that require the Department to prepare a written individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan for any youth in care. Requires the Department to obtain court approval of the transportation plan in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 as well as written approval of the transportation plan from the Department’s Chief Deputy Director and the Chief Deputy Director of its Clinical Division. Contains provisions concerning information that must be included in a written individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan; and Department reporting requirements. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Requires the Department to ensure the provision of trauma-sensitive transport to minors placed in its care. Contains provisions concerning factors a court must consider when determining whether to approve an individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan submitted by the Department. Effective immediately.

  • To read the full text of SB 2323: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 2323: Click

 

Senate Appropriations-Human Services Committee
March 31, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: FY22 budget request for the following agency: SB386 The Department of Children and Family Services., SB 386

  • 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. For additional information, please contact:

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all 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: March 26, 2021

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