I am proud to announce that Governor Pritzker signed my continuing education bill HB40 on July 28th with an immediate effective date. House Bill 40 will allow special education students to continue attending school through the end of the school year when they turn 22, rather than leave school the day they turn 22. Under prior law, special educations students aged out of eligibility on the day they turn 22, losing access to vital support services. I would like to thank all the families and advocates of this bill that we heard from statewide on the importance of this legislation especially the Kettering family who brought the "age-out" issue to my attention.
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 was signed by the Governor this summer.
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 was signed by the Governor. HB1742 allows any family or household member of a survivor of assault, to petition the court for a no contact order on behalf of a domestic violence victim. 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 was the Chief Sponsor of House Bill 3656 that increases penalties for drivers who violate Scott’s Law while using a handheld cell phone.
House Bill 3656 also creates the Move Over Early Warning Task Force, which will study how to use 21st-century technology to help drivers safely navigate emergency zones on the roads. I am proud to have had a part in passing this common-sense legislation that will keep our roads and highways safer both for drivers and our first responders. House Bill 3656 was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by the Governor on Aug. 12th.
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.
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.
Since the end of the Spring Session of the 102nd General Assembly, I have introduced House Bill 4125 would make it a hate crime to attack or harass a police officer. HB4125 would make attacking a police officer a Class 4 Felony with a minimum of 1 year jail time and a repeat offense on a police officer carries a Class 2 felony with a minimum of 3 years and up to 5 years jail time. I will continue to examine these issues and others moving forward as Co-Chair of the Public Safety and Violence Prevention Taskforce.
HB4153 will make the Suicide Prevention Taskforce legislation that I carried in the House earlier this year permanent. The Taskforce will issue a report to the General Assembly once a year on recommendations and findings to prevent suicide among first responders. I look forward to the passage of this much-needed legislation in the Spring Session this year.
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