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Legislative Report June 13, 2024
Prepared by: Arabed Hernandez
Bill Information
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
(REP. TONY MCCOMBIE)

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may offer the school resource officer course to a qualified retired law enforcement officer for the purpose of employment at a school or school district and may issue a certificate or waiver for the school resource officer course in the same manner as provided for any other officer. Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2024, a school or school district may employ a qualified retired law enforcement officer who obtains a certificate of completion or approved waiver under the Illinois Police Training Act to carry out the duties of a school resource officer. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school resource officer may carry a firearm during the performance of the officer's duties at a school or in a school district. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2023 - FIRST READING

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
(REP. RYAN SPAIN)

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act to provide that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may offer a school resource officer course to a qualified retired law enforcement officer. Provides that nothing in the school resource officer course provision prohibits a school resource officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer from carrying a firearm. Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning January 1, 2024, a school or school district may employ a qualified retired law enforcement officer who obtains a certificate of completion or approved waiver under the Illinois Police Training Act to carry out the duties of a school resource officer. Makes a conforming change. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

EDUC-REPORT CYBER ATTACK
(REP. LAMONT ROBINSON)

Amends the School Code to require a school district to report a cyber security attack to the State Board of Education as soon as school personnel determine that a breach of the school district's computer system or network has occurred. Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities and community colleges in Illinois to require a public university or community college district to report a cyber security attack to the Department of Innovation and Technology as soon as school personnel determine that a breach of the computer system or network has occurred. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2023 - Referred to House Rules

SCH TRAUMA PROTOCOL-AMMO TAX
(REP. SONYA HARPER)

Amends the State Finance Act to create the Trauma Response Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the School Code. Requires school boards to develop a trauma response protocol that shall be implemented in response to a traumatic event at a school, including, but not limited to, a shooting at the school. Sets forth various requirements for the protocol, including response by hospitals, trauma intervention services, and community engagement. Provides that all moneys in the Trauma Response Fund shall be paid as grants to school districts to implement the trauma response protocol. Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act and Hospital Licensing Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Imposes a 1% surcharge on firearm ammunition, which shall be deposited into the Trauma Response Fund. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CONCEAL CARRY-SCHOOL EMPLOYEE
(REP. DENNIS TIPSWORD, JR. )

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a concealed carry licensee who is an employee of a public or private elementary or secondary school may carry a concealed firearm into the school building, real property, and parking area under the control of the school where he or she is employed if, in addition to the training requirement to obtain a concealed carry license, he or she receives additional training from a training program established by the Illinois State Police. Provides that within 120 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Illinois State Police shall establish a training program for licensees who are employees of a public or private elementary or secondary school to permit the employees to carry firearms into the school buildings where they are employed and their adjacent parking lots and real property. Provides that the Illinois State Police shall establish the training curriculum and the amount of training, which shall not exceed 48 hours, of which a maximum of 28 hours shall be firearm training. Provides that the training shall include the safe handling of firearms around children. Provides that the training must be completed annually.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

MHDD CD-CLEAR/PRESENT DANGER
(REP. DANIEL DIDECH)

Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a public body may hold a closed meeting to consider security procedures, school building safety and security, and the use of personnel, equipment, reporting to law enforcement, or legal action to respond to an actual, a threatened, or a reasonably potential danger to the safety of employees, students, staff, the public, or public property. Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that the Illinois State Police, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, shall prescribe the form and manner that the school administrator shall notify the Illinois State Police of the determination. Provides that when the Illinois State Police is notified by a school administrator that a person has been determined to pose a clear and present danger, within 24 hours of receiving the notification, it shall notify a local law enforcement agency where the person resides and, if applicable, a local law enforcement agency where the school administrator's school is located of that determination. The Illinois State Police shall determine whether to revoke the person's Firearm Owner's Identification Card, if applicable, and in consultation with local law enforcement, whether an Illinois State Police Officer will file a petition under the Firearms Restraining Order Act with that person as the respondent. Provides that within 24 hours after a school administrator makes a notification pursuant to this provision, the Illinois State Police shall notify the school administrator in writing of its determination about whether to file an action under the Firearms Restraining Order Act with that person as the respondent. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2023 - Referred to House Rules

MENTAL HLTH-SCHOOL STANDARDS
(REP. MATT HANSON)

Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. In a provision requiring the Illinois State Board of Education to develop and implement a plan to incorporate social and emotional development standards for the purpose of enhancing and measuring children's school readiness and ability to achieve academic success, provides that the plan shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the Board of Education at least once every 3 years. Requires the plan to include the teaching of grade-appropriate mental health topics, including, but not limited to, types of mental illness, how to find help for mental illness for peers and yourself, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, coping strategies, appropriate language to use surrounding mental health, and how to incorporate technology in a mental health crisis. In a provision requiring every Illinois school district to develop a policy for incorporating social and emotional development into the district's educational program, provides that the policy shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the school district to incorporate revised provisions of the Board of Education's social and emotional development standards.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-OPIOID ANTAGONIST
(REP. JANET YANG ROHR)

Amends the General Provisions Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning administration of an opioid antagonist, provides that a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose (instead of may maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose). Makes a conforming change.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCHOOL SAFETY OFFICERS
(REP. RYAN SPAIN)

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall approve a course for school safety officers (a retired law enforcement officer who has been hired by a school district to perform security services). Sets forth training and certification requirements, including firearm certification. Provides that an applicant for employment as a school safety officer must authorize an investigation to determine if the applicant has been convicted of any criminal offense that disqualifies the person as a school safety officer. Amends the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act. Exempts school safety officers from the Act if a school board does not require officer-worn body cameras. Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2025, a school may employ a school safety officer. Requires a school safety officer applicant to provide the school district a certificate of completion or approved waiver issued by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board. Provides that a school safety officer shall wear a uniform that clearly identifies the officer as a school safety officer. Provides that a school safety officer may detain a person when the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that an offense, other than an ordinance violation, is being committed. Provides that a school safety officer may carry a firearm as long as the officer is certified under specified provisions of the Illinois Police Training Act. Adds references to school safety officers throughout the Code. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CHILD ABUSE REPORTS TO SCHOOL
(REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS)

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter (rather than a copy of the Unit's final finding report) to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Provides that if an indicated finding is overturned in an appeal or hearing, the Department of Children and Family Services shall request that the notification letter (rather than final finding report) be purged from the student's record, and the school shall purge the notification letter (rather than final finding report) from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. Requires the notification letter to provide the date of expungement from the central register. Removes a provision requiring all reports made by mandated reporters to be confirmed in writing to the appropriate Child Protective Service Unit within 48 hours of any initial report.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Removes all amendatory changes requiring the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Instead provides that the Child Protective Service Unit shall send a copy of its final finding report to the school that the child, who is the indicated victim of child abuse (rather than the indicated victim of the report), attends. Requires the report to be sent during the summer to the last school that the child attended. Provides that the final finding report shall provide the date of expungement from the central register and the school shall purge the final finding report from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH SAFETY-LOCKDOWN DRILLS
(REP. DANIEL DIDECH)

Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that a law enforcement lockdown drill must not be conducted on the day of or within 2 days before a school-administered standardized test.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/16/2024 - FIRST READING

ELEC CD-SCHOOL POLLING PLACE
(REP. MAURA HIRSCHAUER)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that the county board or board of election commissioners may use public school buildings as polling places only if a school board or a local school council approves the use of that school. Provides that, if the county board or board of election commissioners uses all convenient and available public buildings and determines that a public school building is needed as a polling place, it shall send a written request to use the public school building to the school board or local school council. Sets forth provisions concerning the contents of the request and the response to the request. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board or local school council shall have the power to approve or deny, in accordance with the school board or local school council's rules and policies, any request of a county board or board of election commissioners to use a school building as a polling place. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CHILDREN-MENTAL HEALTH
(REP. LINDSEY LAPOINTE)

Amends various Acts concerning children's mental health. Amends the School Code. Provides that on or before October 1, 2024, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team, the Office of the Governor, and relevant stakeholders as needed shall release a strategy that includes a tool for measuring capacity and readiness to implement universal mental health screening of students. Provides that the State Board of Education shall issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on school district readiness and plan for phased approach to universal mental health screening of students on or before April 1, 2025. Repeals the Wellness Checks in Schools Program Act. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall implement guidance to managed care organizations and similar care coordination entities contracted with the Department, so that the managed care organizations and care coordination entities respond to lead indicators with services and interventions that are designed to help stabilize the child. Amends the Children's Mental Health Act. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall advise the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative on designing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for children from birth to age 25 and their families with the goal of addressing children's mental health needs across a full continuum of care, including social determinants of health, prevention, early identification, and treatment. Provides that the Department of Public health (rather than the Department of Healthcare and Family Services) shall provide technical and administrative support for the Partnership. Deletes provision that the Partnership shall employ an Executive Director and set the compensation of the Executive Director and other such employees and technical assistance as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. Amends the Interagency Children's Behavioral Health Services Act. Provides that the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team in collaboration with the Department of Human Services shall develop a program to provide one-on-one in-home respite behavioral health aids to youth requiring intensive supervision due to behavioral health needs. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - House Mental Health & Addiction

PESTICIDE-NOTICE-SCHOOLS
(REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS)

Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Requires certified pesticide applicators to give written or email notice 72 hours prior to application of pesticide to schools and parks within half of a mile from the site of application. Provides other notice requirements. Defines terms.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CRIM CD-SAFE STORAGE FIREARMS
(REP. MAURA HIRSCHAUER)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the Public Act may be referred to as the Safe Firearm Storage Act. Provides that it is unlawful for any person to store or leave a firearm outside of that person's immediate possession or control (rather than within premises under his or her control if the person knows or has reason to believe that a minor under the age of 14 years who does not have a Firearm Owners Identification Card is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parent, guardian, or person having charge of the minor, and the minor causes death or great bodily harm with the firearm) unless the firearm is secured in a manner that renders it inaccessible to anyone but the owner or another lawfully authorized user: (1) by a device or mechanism, other than the firearm safety, designed to render a firearm temporarily inoperable; or (2) locked box or container. Deletes provisions that the law does not apply: (1) if a minor under 14 years of age gains access to a firearm and uses it in a lawful act of self-defense or defense of another; or (2) to any firearm obtained by a minor under the age of 14 because of an unlawful entry of the premises by the minor or another person. Deletes a provision that the firearm may be placed in some other location that a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a minor under the age of 14 years. Effective January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

ELEC CD-FIREARMS POLLING PLACE
(REP. BOB MORGAN)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that any person who carries or possess a firearm while present in a polling place, except a peace officer in the performance of his or her official duties, shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

EDUCATION-HARASSMENT
(SEN. LAURA MURPHY; REP. MAURICE WEST, II)

Senate Committee Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district, charter school, or nonpublic, nonsectarian elementary or secondary school must create, implement, and maintain a policy on discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin and retaliation. Sets forth requirements for the policy. Provides that each school district, charter school, or nonpublic, nonsectarian elementary or secondary school must establish procedures for responding to student complaints of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin and retaliation. Sets forth provisions concerning these procedures. Provides that the State Board of Education shall establish data collection systems to report on allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against students. In provisions concerning charter schools, makes conforming changes and provides that charter schools and are not exempt from the Illinois Human Rights Act. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Makes changes concerning the public policy of this State regarding discrimination, sexual harassment, and unfounded charges. Makes changes concerning jurisdiction and additional civil rights violations. Adds provisions concerning harassment in elementary, secondary, or higher education and discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin at institutions of elementary or secondary education. Amends the Freedom of Information Act to make a conforming change. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2024.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Reinserts the contents of Senate Amendment No. 2 with the following changes. Makes changes concerning the data collection requirements required by the amendatory provisions of the School Code. Makes changes to certain references to specify that the violations to be reported are violations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Provides that the State Board of Education may (instead of shall) adopt any rules deemed necessary. In provisions concerning the policy on discrimination in the School Code, makes changes concerning what the written policy shall contain. Changes references to "discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, color, or national origin" to "discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin, and retaliation". Removes references specifying that only students may report discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin, and retaliation. Makes changes concerning the procedures for responding to a complaint of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, or national origin, and retaliation. In provisions amending the Illinois Human Rights Act, removes specified changes concerning the public policy of the State regarding discrimination and sexual harassment. Makes changes concerning a failure to report harassment. Sets out exemptions for the harassment provisions. Makes changes concerning the model training program the Department of Human Rights shall produce. Corrects typographical errors. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2024.

House Committee Amendment No. 2 - Removes specific references to students in the provisions concerning the Chicago School District. Makes grammatical changes.

  CURRENT STATUS

8/4/2023 - Effective Date August 1, 2024

VEH CD–SCHOOL SPEED LIMIT
(SEN. SALLY TURNER)

Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Deletes language providing that the school zone speed limit applies only when when school children are present and so close thereto that a potential hazard exists because of the close proximity of the motorized traffic. For the purpose of provisions concerning the school zone speed limit, changes the time at which a school day concludes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(SEN. KIMBERLY LIGHTFORD; REP. MAURICE WEST, II)

Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning student discipline policies, provides that the State Board of Education shall draft and publish model policy guidelines for the development of reciprocal reporting systems and school bus safety protocols and for evidence-based early intervention procedures. In provisions concerning the suspension or expulsion of students, makes changes concerning a student's gross disobedience or misconduct posing an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or school personnel, when school exclusions should be used, the number and duration of expulsions and suspensions, the implementation of proactive evidence-based interventions that improve behavioral outcomes for all students, non-exclusionary discipline, out-of-school suspensions of 3 days or less, model policy guidelines for the re-engagement of students, professional development, and the removal of children with disabilities who violate the student discipline policies from their current placement. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as introduced with the following changes. Restores current law with respect to annually reviewing discipline policies. Requires the State Board of Education to consult with stakeholders in its drafted and published guidance, and requires the guidance to be drafted and published on or before July 1, 2025. Changes certain references from "early intervention" to "intervention". Makes changes concerning suspensions, school exclusions, and disciplinary removals to alternative schools. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/24/2024 - Passed Both Houses

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES-SCHOOLS
(SEN. LAURA MURPHY)

Amends the Illinois Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Provides that local emergency response planning officials, in consultation with the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), shall partner with school districts in their regions to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage and transport of hazardous substances, including petroleum oil and high-hazard flammable trains (HHFTs), to the parents of attending students, faculty and staff, and schools at risk of being negatively impacted by storage facilities of such hazardous substances or the transport of such hazardous substances. Requires the SERC to perform specified tasks. Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall have joint rulemaking authority to adopt rules to implement the provisions. Contains other provisions.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

CRIM CD-FIREARM STORAGE
(SEN. LAURA ELLMAN)

Provides that the Act may be referred to as Ethan's Law. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that it is unlawful for a person to store or keep any firearm on the premises of a residence under the control of the person if the person knows, or reasonably should know, that: (1) a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the permission of the parent or guardian of the minor; or (2) a resident of the residence is ineligible to possess a firearm under federal, State, or local law. Provides exemptions for safe storage of the firearm. Provides that a person who commits a violation is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined $500 per violation. Provides that if a person violates this provision and a minor or a resident who is ineligible to possess a firearm under federal, State, or local law obtains the firearm and causes injury or death to the minor, resident, or any other individual, the person is guilty of a Class 2 felony. Provides that any firearm stored in violation of this provision is subject to seizure and forfeiture. Repeals provisions of the Code relating to firearms and child protection.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
(SEN. CHAPIN ROSE)

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may offer the school resource officer course to a qualified retired law enforcement officer for the purpose of employment at a school or school district and may issue a certificate or waiver for the school resource officer course in the same manner as provided for any other officer. Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2024, a school or school district may employ a qualified retired law enforcement officer who obtains a certificate of completion or approved waiver under the Illinois Police Training Act to carry out the duties of a school resource officer. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school resource officer may carry a firearm during the performance of the officer's duties at a school or in a school district. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH CD-FIREARM SAFETY COURSE
(SEN. NEIL ANDERSON)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district may offer a firearm safety training course to students in grades 9 through 12, which may include instruction on hunting safety. Provides that if a school district offers the course, a student may not be required to take the course. Provides that if a school board intends to offer a firearm safety training course, it must develop a policy to implement the course and must publish that policy on the district's website.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(SEN. ADRIANE JOHNSON)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding suspension or expulsion of pupils, provides that, when expelling a student, the board shall notify the parents of the nature of the hearing and the option of retaining legal counsel. Provides that, when the suspension period is over, the pupil may return to school. Provides that for a pupil suspended due to gross disobedience or misconduct on a school bus, a written decision about whether the student can use a school bus shall be made within 15 days of the incident. Provides that a school shall offer written demonstration of remediation efforts excluding out of school suspensions. Provides that schools shall use data to track whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring both in the State and in the district with respect to the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary removals from placement, including suspensions and expulsions. Provides that, if it is determined that significant disproportionality is occurring, the school shall provide that determination for annual review and, if appropriate, revision of the policies, practices, and procedures used in disciplinary removals to ensure that the policies, practices, and procedures comply with the district's equity requirements. Provides that notice of suspension shall also include other evidence-based alternatives to suspension. provides that when a student is suspended for more than 4 days, that options for automatically placing the student in an e-learning program or distance learning program through written materials if (1) the removal is for more than 5 consecutive school days; or (2) the child has been subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern, because the series of removals total more than 10 school days in a school year, because the child's behavior is substantially similar to the child's behavior in previous incidents that resulted in the series of removals, and the effects of additional factors such as the length of each removal, the total amount of time the child has been removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another shall be included.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/31/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

CONCEALED CARRY-SCHOOLS
(SEN. TERRI BRYANT)

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that the school board of a school district of a public elementary or secondary school or a non-public elementary or secondary school may develop a policy to permit the carrying of a firearm by an employee of the school, licensed under the Act, in any building or on any real property or parking area under the control of the public or non-public elementary or secondary school. Provides that the policy must contain safe storage provisions for the firearm. Those provisions must include securing the firearm in a locked box or container that cannot be accessed by students. Changes "private" elementary or secondary school references in the Act to "non-public" elementary or secondary school.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCHOOL-EMPLOYEES-FIREARMS
(SEN. JIL TRACY)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board may permit any full-time employee who primarily performs his or her duties on school grounds to carry a firearm while on school grounds if the employee has received written permission to carry a firearm by the school district. Provides that the person must have undergone a psychiatric evaluation and a drug test as determined by the school board and possess a valid license to carry a concealed firearm in the State under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that the employee must undergo periodic psychiatric evaluations and drug tests to continue to carry a firearm on school grounds. Provides that notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a school district may not require any educator, as a condition of employment, to carry a firearm on school grounds. Makes conforming changes. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Exempts these employees from violations of the unlawful use of weapons and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon statutes for carrying a firearm in a school under the provisions added to the School Code. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH SAFETY-CRISIS MAPPING DATA
(SEN. MEG LOUGHRAN CAPPEL)

Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation, a public school may obtain crisis response mapping data and provide copies of the crisis response mapping data to appropriate local, county, State, and federal first responders for use in response to emergencies. Provides that the crisis response mapping data shall be stored and provided in an electronic or digital format to assist first responders in responding to emergencies at the school. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education shall provide grants to public schools to cover the costs incurred in obtaining crisis response mapping data. Sets forth requirements for the crisis response mapping data. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the crisis response mapping data may be reviewed annually to update the data as necessary. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/16/2023 - Senate Education

SCH CD/SCH SAFETY-DOOR LOCKING
(SEN. JAVIER CERVANTES)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall (instead of may) install a door security locking means on an entrance or classroom door (instead of a door) of a school building. Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that during a law enforcement lockdown drill, a school must train students on how to use a door security locking means. Makes conforming changes.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/3/2024 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

CHILD ABUSE REPORTS TO SCHOOL
(SEN. MARY EDLY-ALLEN; REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS)

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter (rather than a copy of the Unit's final finding report) to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Provides that if an indicated finding is overturned in an appeal or hearing, the Department of Children and Family Services shall request that the notification letter (rather than final finding report) be purged from the student's record, and the school shall purge the notification letter (rather than final finding report) from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. Requires the notification letter to provide the date of expungement from the central register. Removes a provision requiring all reports made by mandated reporters to be confirmed in writing to the appropriate Child Protective Service Unit within 48 hours of any initial report.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/13/2024 - Sent to Governor for Signature

CRIM CD-HAZING-CONSENT NO DEFN
(SEN. STEVE STADELMAN; REP. DAVE VELLA)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that it is not a defense to a prosecution for hazing that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/16/2024 - Passed Both Houses

IEMA-SCHOOL SAFETY
(SEN. LAURA MURPHY)

Amends the Illinois Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Provides that Local Emergency Planning Committees and the State Emergency Response Commission partner with schools and school districts regarding safety threats posed by storage and transport of hazardous substances near schools. Provides requirements for a comprehensive emergency response plan to go into effect. Details duties of the State Emergency Response Commission, working in consultation with Local Emergency Planning Committees and schools, with respect to planning and preparedness. Provides for rulemaking by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security. Directs the Illinois Emergency Response Commission and Local Emergency Response Committees to create a timeline for compliance with the requirements of the amendatory Act not to exceed 2 years. Defines terms.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - Referred to Senate Assignments

CHILDREN-MENTAL HEALTH
(SEN. SARA FEIGENHOLTZ)

Amends various Acts concerning children's mental health. Amends the School Code. Provides that on or before October 1, 2024, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team, the Office of the Governor, and relevant stakeholders as needed shall release a strategy that includes a tool for measuring capacity and readiness to implement universal mental health screening of students. Provides that the State Board of Education shall issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on school district readiness and plan for phased approach to universal mental health screening of students on or before April 1, 2025. Repeals the Wellness Checks in Schools Program Act. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall implement guidance to managed care organizations and similar care coordination entities contracted with the Department, so that the managed care organizations and care coordination entities respond to lead indicators with services and interventions that are designed to help stabilize the child. Amends the Children's Mental Health Act. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall advise the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative on designing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for children from birth to age 25 and their families with the goal of addressing children's mental health needs across a full continuum of care, including social determinants of health, prevention, early identification, and treatment. Provides that the Department of Public health (rather than the Department of Healthcare and Family Services) shall provide technical and administrative support for the Partnership. Deletes provision that the Partnership shall employ an Executive Director and set the compensation of the Executive Director and other such employees and technical assistance as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. Amends the Interagency Children's Behavioral Health Services Act. Provides that the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team in collaboration with the Department of Human Services shall develop a program to provide one-on-one in-home respite behavioral health aids to youth requiring intensive supervision due to behavioral health needs. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/3/2024 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

ELEC CD-SCHOOL POLLING PLACE
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that the county board or board of election commissioners may use public school buildings as polling places only if a school board or a local school council approves the use of that school. Provides that, if the county board or board of election commissioners uses all convenient and available public buildings and determines that a public school building is needed as a polling place, it shall send a written request to use the public school building to the school board or local school council. Sets forth provisions concerning the contents of the request and the response to the request. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board or local school council shall have the power to approve or deny, in accordance with the school board or local school council's rules and policies, any request of a county board or board of election commissioners to use a school building as a polling place. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/25/2024 - Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As May 26, 2024

CRIM CD-FIREARM SAFE STORAGE
(SEN. LAURA ELLMAN)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that it is unlawful for any person to store or leave a firearm outside of that person's immediate possession or control unless the firearm is unloaded and secured in a lock box or container in a manner that renders it inaccessible to anyone but the owner or another lawfully authorized user. Eliminates provisions that the offense only is applicable if the person knows or has reason to believe that a minor under the age of 14 years who does not have a Firearm Owner's Identification Card is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parent, guardian, or person having charge of the minor, and the minor causes death or great bodily harm with the firearm. Eliminates that the provisions concerning storage of firearms do not apply: (1) if the minor under 14 years of age gains access to a firearm and uses it in a lawful act of self-defense or defense of another; or (2) to any firearm obtained by a minor under the age of 14 because of an unlawful entry of the premises by the minor or another person. Defines "immediate possession or control". Effective January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/25/2024 - Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As May 26, 2024

SCH CD-AED-AFTER HOURS
(SEN. ERICA HARRISS; REP. AMY ELIK)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall require a school to have present at the school during the school day and during a school-sponsored extracurricular activity at least one automated external defibrillator and one or more trained AED users. Provides that an automated external defibrillator installed and maintained in accordance with the Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as introduced, but provides that a school district shall require all attendance centers to have present during the school day and during a school-sponsored extracurricular activity on school grounds at least one automated external defibrillator (instead of a school district shall require a school to have present at the school during the school day and during a school-sponsored extracurricular activity at least one automated external defibrillator and one or more trained AED users).

  CURRENT STATUS

5/23/2024 - Passed Both Houses