Legislation Proposed

HB1780 – Drug Take-Back Act

Keeping unused or expired medication can be very dangerous to children and teens—in 2019 alone, Illinois saw 1,896 deaths from opioid overdoses. Flushing medication down the toilet creates a hazard in our drinking water and damages aquatic wildlife.  The Illinois Drug Take-Back Act creates new systems of drug collection, including more drop-off points in every county in Illinois, making it more convenient for Illinoisans to dispose of unused or expired medication in a free, healthy, and environmentally conscious way.

HB801 - Recovery Initiative to Support Employment (R.I.S.E. Act)

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in Illinois, employing over 2.4 million people. With many small businesses struggling as a result of the pandemic, many employers are left with no choice but to lay off valued employees. The R.I.S.E. Act provides a tax incentive to businesses that retrain and hire new employees with an additional incentive if the business is located in a disproportionately impacted area (DIA), or if the new hire resides in a DIA.

HB25 – Immigration Right to Counsel

Immigration law, unlike criminal law, does not provide for an attorney if the defendant cannot afford or cannot access one.  HB 25 creates the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Act and establishes a task force to investigate the implementation of universal representation for individuals in immigration removal proceedings.

HB708 – Senior Property Tax Freeze

Currently, Illinois offers a senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption for seniors making $65,000 per year or less.  Rising property taxes and costs of living, including healthcare, force many seniors to make difficult economic decisions.  HB 708 raises the income cap to $75,000, protecting more seniors and their homes.

HB369 - Protections for Abused, Abandoned or Neglected Immigrant Youth

Current Illinois law arbitrarily denies access to the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ)Visa after someone has turned 18, cutting victimized young people off from the help they desperately need.  HB 369 empowers Illinois courts, giving them the necessary jurisdiction consistent with federal law to rule on cases involving people between 18-21 years old.

HB370 – Close Higher Education Loophole

Last year, 82,000 students in Illinois were denied student financial aid (MAP grants) due to a lack of funding, despite qualifying for that aid.  It has been reported that wealthy parents are exploiting a complicated legal loophole involving legal guardianship to secure that funding, taking away a truly needy student’s chance to go to college.  HB370 prohibits the misuse of legal guardianship for the purposes of obtaining state or federal student financial aid to ensure that student financial aid goes where it belongs.

HB376 – TEAACH Act

As part of a larger effort to increase equity in education, the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act paints a more complete picture of our shared history by adding Asian American history to the Illinois School Code.

HB3067 – Polystyrene Ban

Polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, is essentially nonbiodegradable, contributing to the worldwide plastic pollution crisis for hundreds of years to come.  Decades of producing rapidly-increasing amounts of disposable plastic goods has overwhelmed our ability to manage the waste generated.  This legislation bans the sale and distribution of disposable polystyrene food containers by stores to cut down on the immense amount of waste produced every year.

HB2595 - Mental Health Parity

As we work on policies to address the dual public health and economic crises created by the pandemic, we must increase access to mental health and addiction services amid historic rates of overdoses and suicides. This new mental health parity legislation strengthens existing Illinois law to hold health insurers accountable for discriminating against those with mental health and substance use disorders by wrongly denying coverage of care.

HB9 – Inclusive Birth Certificate

For many transgender and nonbinary people, amending a birth certificate to accurately reflect gender identity is an important step required to change many other forms of identification and legal documents.  HB9 provides that the State Registrar of Vital Records must establish a new birth certificate when the office receives a request from an individual seeking to change their sex designation.

HB709 – Know Your Rights Posting

Regardless of immigration status, the U.S. Constitution provides all people with basic rights, including due process and equal protection. Immigrants are often unaware of their rights and lack the information necessary to assert those rights. HB709 requires the Department of Human Services to conduct a public information campaign to educate immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other noncitizens residing in Illinois of their rights under the U.S. Constitution and Illinois laws.