This week several bills I co-sponsored passed out of House of Representatives to the Illinois Senate. These bills support our military veterans, provide safety measures for our families and addresses insurance issues.
These first two bills are aimed at honoring our veterans:
House Bill 2288 supports veterans by establishing procurement goals in state government for veteran-owned small businesses. The legislation sets a 3% goal for awarding state contracts to business owned by veterans.
House Bill 1581 allows the Secretary of State to issue special registration plates designated as United States Submarine Veterans plates to each resident of this State who served in the United States Navy as a submariner.
These bills address insurance issues:
House Bill 2094 aims to protect homeowners from deceptive mortgage marketing practices. The bill cracks down on bad actors who take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners, specifically those who are new to the home buying process and seniors who may be more vulnerable to deceptive marketing tactics.
House Bill 3202 ensures insurance companies cover medically necessary home saliva cancer screening every 24 months if the patient is asymptomatic and at high risk for the disease.
Keeping the families safe is the genesis of these bills:
House Bill 3218 provides that the month of April of each year is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month to be observed throughout the State to promote the awareness and prevention of child abuse in the State.
House Bill 3203 works to curb the fentanyl epidemic effecting communities across the state by allowing a pharmacist or retailer (rather than only a pharmacist) to sell fentanyl test strips over-the-counter to the public to test for the presence of fentanyl.
Helping young people gain skills to work in manufacturing:
House Bill 3590 aims to give students hands-on career development opportunities by providing them the chance to train on manufacturing floors. This would give students the ability to work on machinery, tools, and other equipment that are used every day in manufacturing plants around the state, which is something they are currently unable to do.