Weekly Legislative Update – May 15, 2023
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM EQUIP FOR EQUALITY
May 15, 2023
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 May 15, 2023. NOTE: This is the last week of the Spring legislative session. The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on Friday, May 19, 2023.
House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
May 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m.
Room D-1, Stratton Building
HB 1098, Representative Mary E. Flowers
Appropriates $1,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the State Board of Education for autism programs. Effective July 1, 2023.
- To file an electronic witness slip on HB 1098: Click
House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools Committee
May 16, 2023, 10:00 a.m.
Room 115, Capitol Building
SB 183, HFA 1, Representative Michelle Mussman
Amends the School Code. Provides that before the effective date of a transfer to an alternative school program, the student’s parents or guardians shall receive information about the program including the specific nature of the curriculum, number of students in the program, any available services, the program’s disciplinary policies, a typical daily schedule, and any extracurricular activities offered at the alternative school program. In provisions concerning the details of the alternative educational plan, provides that the duration of the plan, including the date the student will be returned to the regular educational program shall be included in the alternative shall be included in the alternative educational plan. Provides that the student’s alternative educational plan shall include a transition meeting between the sending school district, the alternative school program, and the student’s parent or guardian at least 30 days prior to the date after which the student will be returned to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district. If the student or student’s parents or guardian are unable to attend the meeting, the appropriate personnel from the alternative school program shall offer a meeting within 30 days after the effective date of the transfer to discuss and provide input on the student’s alternative educational plan and shall provide a copy of the plan to the student and his parents or guardian prior to the meeting. Provides that a method and time frame for reviewing the student’s progress and for transitioning the student back to the regular education program in the public schools of the transferring district on a specified date shall be included in the alternative education plan. Provides that the date after which the student will return to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district shall not be extended over the objection of the student’s parent or guardian. Provides that the date after which the student will return to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district may be extended upon written agreement by the transferring school district, alternative school program, and the student’s parent or guardian.
- To read the full text of SB 183 (engrossed): Click
- To read the full text of SB 183, HFA 1: Click
- To file an electronic witness slip on SB 183, HFA 1: Click
House Veterans Affairs Committee
May 16, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Room 118, Capitol Building & Virtual Room 2 www.ilga.gov
SUBJECT MATTER: Vet Affairs Ailments Task Force Report Discussion
- To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click
Senate Health and Human Services Committee
May 16, 2023, 2:30 p.m.
Room 400, Capitol Building
HB 2858, Senator Jil Tracy
Amends the Adult Protective Services Act. Excludes from the definition of “mandated reporter” the State Long Term Care Ombudsman and the Ombudsman’s representatives or volunteers when such persons are prohibited from making a report under a federal regulation.
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:
Cheryl R. Jansen
Public Policy Director
Equip for Equality
Last updated: May 15, 2023