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Program to aid foreign-born victims of human trafficking extended

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 08:45 AM

collins 052919SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law her measure, House Bill 2118, continuing a program to provide government assistance to foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture or other serious crimes”

“Whether flying into O’Hare or driving across I-72, we play host to many people passing through, not just from other states, but from around the world. That means that we bear some responsibility as citizens of the world,” Collins said. “When we travel, we hope that we encounter a good Samaritan should misfortune befall us. We can do no less than the same for other travelers here. I applaud the governor’s action today.”

The law extends the sunset date on a program to provide government assistance to foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture or other serious crimes from June 30 of this year to June 30 of 2022.

Medical cannabis expansion, supported by Crowe, signed into law

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 04:03 PM

crowe 030419SPRINGFIELD – In response to her district’s opioid crisis, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored an initiative to expand Illinois’ medical cannabis program. It was signed into law this week.

“By expanding access to medicinal cannabis, we are giving those with an opioid prescription another option to manage their pain,” Crowe said. “Opioids are highly addictive when abused, and this program will offer qualifying individuals an alternative.”

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health successfully launched the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to give patients access to medical cannabis in exchange for their opioid prescription.

The legislation also expands access to the medicinal cannabis program. It gives nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants the authority to certify a patient’s eligibility for medicinal cannabis. Currently, only doctors have this authority.

The initiative also adds 12 qualifying debilitating medical conditions, bringing the total number of conditions to 54.

Senate Bill 2023 is effective Jan. 1, 2020

Castro gives school nurses ability to administer medicinal cannabis

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 04:00 PM

castro 052219SPRINGFIELD – School nurses will soon be able to provide medicinal cannabis to eligible students under a new law sponsored by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) that was signed by the governor today.

“There are many students across the state who rely on medicinal cannabis as part of their medical regimen,” Castro said. “Ideally, the parents of these students would provide the medications, but it’s often the case that the parents are unable to make it to the school due to other commitments. By giving school nurses the ability to administer these important medications, we can ensure that students across Illinois are getting the proper treatment they require.”

New Sims law will require students to learn Illinois history

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 02:44 PM

sims 030619SPRINGFIELD—A plan to require Illinois history to be taught in schools was signed into law Friday.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., a Democrat from Chicago, sponsored the bill that would create a requirement that Illinois history be taught in public schools.

“Teaching our future leaders their state’s history is a major step toward a better Illinois,” Sims said. “It is important that our students learn how our state got to this point, so they can get a deeper understanding of society and, hopefully, join the process of improving Illinois.”

Currently, there is not a specific requirement that Illinois history be taught as part of the U.S. history requirement in K-12 schools. The law does require the course to include a comprehensive idea of our democratic form of government, the role and contributions of African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic groups, and the role of labor unions.

“Illinois government has a considerable effect on young people’s lives, especially when it comes to their education,” Sims said. “As state leaders, it’s important that we make it a priority to educate students about how the legislative process works and our great state’s history.”

Senate Bill 1601 requires schools to start teaching Illinois history during the 2020-2021 school year.

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