Several other measures were also signed into law during the week of June 23-27.
Minimum Wage (HB 3814/PA-98-0657): Places an advisory question (non-binding) on the November 4, 2014, ballot asking: "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"
Traffic Violation Fee (HB 4462/PA 98-0658): Extends the sunset of a $35 fee imposed on persons convicted of or pleading guilty to a serious traffic violation from October 13, 2014 to January 1, 2020.
Volunteer Medical Licensures (HB 4593/PA 98-0659): Creates a “volunteer” licensure classification for medical professionals, the legislation would benefit recently retired professionals who may want to offer free clinic services or might want to practice part time without receiving compensation.
Farmers’ Market Regulation (HB 5657/PA 98-0660): Provides that regulation of farmers’ markets by local authorities may not be more stringent than regulation by the Department of Public Health. This legislation streamlines regulation of local farmers’ markets under one statewide code. Under current law, local governmental units may regulate farmers’ markets as they see fit. This has led to non-uniform regulations across the state.
School Safety Plans (HB 5716/PA 98-0661): Provides that when school districts update their school building's emergency and crisis response plans, consideration may be given to making the plans available to first responders, administrators and teachers for use on electronic devices.
Increase Revolving Fire Truck Loan Cap (SB 2690/PA 98-0662): Increases the amount of money that can be loaned out to fire departments or fire protection districts for the purchase of a fire or brush truck from $250,000 to $350,000. The cap of $100,000 per truck is kept intact.
Annual Safety Review (SB 2710/PA 98-0663): Requires an annual safety review at no cost to schools (public and private) and requires non-public schools to hold a minimum of one meeting annually to review safety drill programs. Appropriate first responder organizations must be invited to the meeting. This will bring non-public schools in line with what is required of public schools.
School Improvement Grants (SB 2934/PA 98-0664): Authorizes the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to make grants for safety and security improvements to public K-12 school districts, area vocational centers as designated by the State Board of Education, non-public K-12 schools, regional safe schools, and inter-district special education cooperatives.
Dentist Administering Flu Vaccine (SB 3409/PA 98-0665): Allows dentists to administer flu vaccines if they are properly trained and if appropriate records are kept along with notification to the patient's primary care physician. Vaccinations are limited to patients 18 years and older pursuant to a valid prescription or standing order by a licensed physician. The dentist must be contracted with and credentialed by the patient's health insurance, HMO or other health plan to specifically provide the vaccination. Vaccinations may only be given to Medicare or Medicaid enrollees if the dentist is authorized to do so by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Fire Department Cessation (HB 4418/PA 98-0666): In order to protect full-time firefighter staff in the event a municipality considers transitioning to an all-volunteer fire department, the bill provides that municipalities with a population of 500 or more that owns, operates, or maintains any fire department or departments cannot cease operation of that department unless the cessation is submitted to voters by referendum. Protects the rights of the employees of the dissolved fire department provided in the Personnel Code, any collective bargaining agreements, and any pension, retirement, or annuity plan of those employees.
TIF District Extensions (SB 504/PA 98-0667): Extends the life of three TIF Districts – the City of Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal District; the City of Chicago Read/Dunning TIF District and the Naperville Water Street TIF District.
Psychologists Prescribe Medicine (SB 2187/PA 98-0668): Allows for clinical psychologists to prescribe medications in Illinois.
•Sets educational requirements that psychologists must meet;
•Limits the types of drugs they will be able to prescribe; Prohibited from prescribing 1) narcotics (such as cocaine and opium); 2) benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan), or 3) any Schedule II drugs (such as OxyContin, Adderall, Percocet, and Ritalin);
•Prescribing psychologists can only prescribe non-narcotic Schedule III through V drugs (example, Prozac);
•Limits persons which they will be able to prescribe (cannot prescribe to patients less than 17 years of age or over 65 years of age, nor can they prescribe to pregnant women or a person with a serious medical condition;
•Requires prescribing psychologist to have a collaborative agreement with a physician in order to be able to exercise their prescriptive authority. Limits a physician to entering into three collaborative agreements;
•Changes in the Licensing Board. Increases from 7 to 11 persons. Two of the newly added positions will be filled by Illinois-licensed prescribing psychologists, the other two newly added positions will be filled by physicians licensed to practice medicine in Illinois who prescribe medications for the treatment of mental health disease or illness in the normal course of their medical practices (one psychiatrist/one primary or family physician).
Proponents argued that in many areas of the state, particularly in rural areas, limited access to psychiatrists has meant that persons suffering from mental illness have a difficult time getting medication that can help them manage their illness.
Bullying Policies (HB 5707/PA 98-0669): Extensively details what is required in a school districts' policy on bullying. Requires all public, private, and charter schools to create and implement a comprehensive local policy regarding bullying, the reporting of bullying, and any subsequent student remediation. All of which must fit within new guidelines provided for in this bill.