- Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 11:31 AM
I hope you'll take a moment to view the legislation I'm sponsoring this legislation session! By clicking on this link, you can view the list of bills I've filed this year, along with summaries, information about cosponsors and the full text. If you'd like any assistance in navigating this website, please call my office at 847-568-1250. In the meantime, I've highlighted a few bills below, along with some of the media attention they've received. As they continue to move through the legislative process, simply click the link above to view their updated status.
SB1564 -- Health Care Right of Conscience Act
Our state's Health Care Right of Conscience Act gives health care providers the right to refuse to provide a service that is inconsistent with their religions or ethical beliefs. However, it doesn't guarantee patients the right to receive timely and complete information about their medical options. Senate Bill 1564 requires providers who refuse to perform a service to notify patients about all alternate treatments, as well as where to access them. It also requires providers to have written protocols outlining under which circumstances they will refuse to provide specific services. Together, these provisions will introduce clarity into the system, while balancing providers' religious rights against patients' rights to know and receive care in a timely fashion.
Alton Daily News: Tweaks to Right of Conscience Act
News Channel ABC20 WICS: New Plan to Inform Patients Turned Away Based on Religion
State Journal-Register: Bill OK'd by committee would give more information to patients
KTRS Radio: Bill would require Illinois patients to receive referrals
The Washington TImes: Bill would require Illinois patients receive referrals
SB1564 passed out of committee with a 7-3 vote on March 17
SB1833 -- Data Protection
As more and more corporations hold more and more information about all aspects of our lives, protecting online data is more critical than ever. Senate Bill 1833 breaks new ground by triggering consumer protections whenever breaches of location, marketing, and medical data occur. It requires companies who've experienced a data breach to notify consumers, and also to tell the Attorney General so the company can be listed on a website notifying customers of the breach. Finally, the bill requires companies to put reasonable security measures in place to avoid breaches when possible.
Daily Herald: State lists top consumer complaints
SB1833 passed out of committee with a 12-0 vote on March 24
SB1846 -- Silver Alert
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia affect a large and growing number of families each year. It is heartbreakingly common that an individual with dementia goes missing, and communities must then mobilize to locate the missing person -- and time is often of the essence. Senate Bill 1846 creates the Silver Alert System, which would give local law enforcement and community leaders one more tool to locate residents who have gone missing. Much like the Amber Alert System already in use to locate missing or abducted children, the Silver Alert System would get the word out when a person with dementia is missing, giving families the greatest chance of finding their loved one safe and unharmed.
SB1846 passed out of committee with an 8-0 vote on March 25
SB1265 -- Online Voter Registration
Since June of 2014, Illinois residents have had the option to register to vote online in addition to in person. However, online registration is available only until 28 days before an election day. Senate Bill 1265 extends the amount of time that Illinoisans can register to vote online by an additional 12 days, making it easier to register and expanding access to the ballot box. Additionally, online registration results in fewer errors and provides more immediate and accurate records.
SB1265 passed out of the full Senate with a 32-11 vote on March 26