Besides passing an appropriations bill for Higher Education(SB 2059) and Human Services(SB 2047), the Senate passed a number of proposals last week.
3D Mammograms (SB 466): Requires the state to begin an insurance mandate to cover 3D mammography on July 1, 2016.
Sepsis Screening and Gabby’s Law (SB 2403): Requires hospitals to implement evidence based protocols for early recognition and treatments of patients with sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock. The requirements for caring for children with sepsis may differ from adults. This will be known as Gabby’s Law in memory of Gabby Gallo from Monticello. Ms. Gallo passed away due to complications from sepsis.
No Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products (SB 2746): Exempts tampons and menstrual pads and cups from the sales tax.
Police Dog Retirement Act (SB 3129): Allows a police dog that is in use by a county, municipal, or state law enforcement agency and is deemed no longer fit for public service to be offered to the officer or employee who had custody during its service.
EMT’s Epinephrine Administering Act (SB 3335): Authorizes EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediates, Advanced EMTs and EMT-Paramedics to administer Epinephrine drawn from a glass vial, using a syringe, as opposed to using a pre-filled epinephrine auto-injector, such as an Epi-Pen, once the individual completes a department approved course.
Parolee State ID Card (SB 3368): Requires the Secretary of State to issue a standard Illinois Identification Card at the time of release to all eligible individuals on parole, mandatory supervised release, aftercare release, final discharge, or pardon from the Department of Corrections (DOC) or Department of Juvenile Justice. Further requires the DOC to verify a released person’s name, date of birth and Social Security number, and provide that information to the Secretary of State for use in issuing an identification card to the released person either by obtaining a certified copy of the released person’s birth certificate and his or her Social Security card, or a Secretary of State form that will be designed to allow the parolee 90 days to supply their birth certificate or Social Security card.
Veterans Court Treatment Act (SB 3401): Authorizes an alternative court program to provide alternatives for veterans, including treatment for mental health issues and or addiction issues.