I was proud to be the Chief Sponsor of House Bill 40 which passed both the House and Senate with almost unanimous support. House Bill 40 extends the time period for special education students to continue their education. Under current law, special education students must leave school the day of their 22nd birthday, even if it’s in the middle of the year. House Bill 40 allows students to stay enrolled in school through the end of the school year when they turn 22. This bill is something I’ve been working on for several years with the help of constituents, and I look forward to seeing the Governor sign it into law.
While chairing the Police and Fire committee this year, we were able to pass many new pieces of legislation that support our first responders.
I was the Chief Sponsor of House Bill 202 which requires the City of Chicago to add history of the fire service labor movement to be a part of required training for Chicago firefighters. House Bill 202 passed both houses of the General Assembly with unanimous support and now heads to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
Ethics Bill. Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Bars General Assembly member's spouses to be appointed to a State board, commission, authority, task force, or other similar authorized state body. If such appointment offers monetary compensation for service as a member of that body.
Hurley co-sponsored House Bill 1742, which recently passed both houses of the General Assembly and now awaits the Governor's signature to become law.. The measure allows any family or household member of a survivor of assault, as long as they receive consent from the person in need of protection. Currently, a family member is only allowed to apply on behalf of the survivor if they are a minor or physically unable to go to court themselves.
HB2911, the fire promotion bill that I sponsored, supported by The Chicago Fire Department Local 2 passed the House with unanimous support from both sides of the aisle. This bill will put the Chicago Fire Department in line with other fire departments in the State of Illinois and will eliminate the long wait period between testing, scoring, and promotions.
I am proud to be a co-sponsor of HB3977. This legislation creates the First Responders Behavioral Healthcare Bill of Rights in order to ensure first responders including police, firefighters, and EMTs in Chicago and across Illinois, have full access to supportive, confidential, and responsive behavioral health services and treatment. Without fear of repercussions from their employer.
I am the chief sponsor of HB3666 which Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that a facility may submit to a resident or a resident's legal representative a bill for all charges for which payment was not made during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides that if the resident or the resident's legal representative submits evidence of the resident's financial inability to cover all charges, the facility shall make application on behalf of the resident for Medicaid services.
HB3911 the First Responders Suicide Prevention Taskforce that I sponsored in the House passed unanimously by the General Assembly and now heads to the Governor's desk to become law. HB3911 will implement the Taskforce recommendations including peer support groups, maintaining a state and federal database on first responder suicide, and offer continuing training programs for police and firefighters to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress and other related issues that may lead to suicide and offer appropriate solutions for intervention.
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