With an April 8 deadline to advance non-budgetary legislation out of committee for consideration by the Senate, it was a busy week at the Statehouse.
Several notable pieces of legislation were advanced by Senate/House committees, including:
·Increasing the age to purchase tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, from 18 to 21.
·Prohibiting colleges from asking prospective students if they have been convicted of a crime.
·Requiring drivers to slow down when passing a disabled vehicle on the side of the road.
·Creating a private foundation to help raise money to make repairs to the State Fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin.
·Requiring teaching institutes to include instruction on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act at least once every two years.
Senate and House lawmakers return to Springfield April 12.