Younger children will now be able to receive flu and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations from a pharmacist, with the goal of improving overall health outcomes statewide as more children are properly immunized in a timely fashion.
Senate Bill 3513 allows pharmacists to administer these vaccinations to children ages 10 to 13 if the child has a prescription from a licensed physician.
It’s estimated by state officials that the new law will expand vaccination access to nearly 630,000 children.
Another new law targets underage drinking by cracking down on parents who allow young people to drink on their property.
House Bill 1554 expands current law, which already states it is illegal for parents or guardians to allow underage drinkers to consume alcohol at their residence.
The new law makes it a crime to allow minors to drink on any property under the parent’s or guardian’s control—including barns, cabins, boathouses, guest houses, etc.
PROTECTION FOR VICTIMS
Also during the week, several laws were signed to provide counseling and greater protections for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
House Bill 1645 will boost state revenues for sexual assault prevention and counseling.
The new law requires live adult entertainment facilities—commonly known as strip clubs—to pay either a $3 charge per entry into a club, or an annual surcharge based on their sales of $5,000-$25,000, which will be deposited into the state’s Sexual Assault Prevention Fund.
House Bill 5689 creates the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force, charged with developing courses for high school students to educate them on domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying and other acts of violence, to prevent hostile, dangerous behavior in schools.
House Bill 5264 will allow prosecutors to use evidence of prior domestic violence during first- and second-degree murder trials that involve domestic violence.
AROUND THE DISTRICT
I was pleased to be able to attend the launch of the new Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington on August 20.
The Asmark Institute is a non-profit resource center that develops innovative solutions for agricultural retailers throughout the United States.
Agriculture is our state’s number one industry and its successes and failures have a ripple effect on the entire economy. It’s good to have a group like Asmark in our community, working to help farmers and agribusiness.