New bills introduced in Illinois General Assembly

With the Illinois General Assembly sessions continuing this month in person and the creation of several bills dealing with the state budget, other bills have been introduced dealing with other matters. , including nuclear energy and family leave insurance. Here is a roundup of recently introduced bills to pay attention to.

On Feb. 7, State Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris, introduced Senate Bill 4068, which would create the Home Heating Assistance Act of 2022, which would require the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity create a home heating rebate program to provide rebates to households that use natural gas or propane gas for heating purposes and whose median household income is between 200% and 400% of the guidelines on poverty from the Federal Register. The bill would provide that eligible households receive refunds as soon as possible after implementation.

On Feb. 1, Sen. Ram Villivam, D-Chicago, introduced SB 4057, which would amend the Use Tax Act, the Use of Services Tax Act, the Services Occupancy and Retail Occupancy Tax Act to provide that diapers, baby wipes and infant formula are exempt from taxes imposed under these Acts. The invoice has been allocated to revenue.

On Jan. 31, State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, proposed House Bill 5576, which would amend the Regulatory Sunset Act, providing that the state shall not regulate any profession, occupation, industry , business or trade in a manner that unreasonably and adversely affects either the competitive marketplace or fair access to quality jobs and economic opportunity (rather than the competitive marketplace).

The bill adds a requirement that the Office of Management and Budget’s study of the performance of regulatory bodies must include in its report an analysis of whether the body or program restricts a profession, occupation, business, industry or trade more than necessary to protect the public. health, safety or welfare from significant and discernible harm or damage.

Also on Jan. 31, Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Burr Ridge, introduced HB 5579, creating the Health Care Provider Identification Act, requiring a health care provider to have identification present. and visible on the health care provider’s person when treating a patient. This identification should include the health care provider’s name, degree, and specialty, and the provider should not have a general description of the provider’s specialty. Any healthcare provider found to be in violation of the law would be reported to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and subject to disciplinary action.

Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, introduced HB 5589 on Jan. 31, amending the utility law. The bill would remove language stating that no construction shall begin on any new nuclear power plant located in Illinois, and no certificates of public convenience and necessity or other authorization will be issued accordingly by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Illinois until the Director or the Environmental Protection Agency finds that the US government has identified and approved a technology or demonstrable means for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste.

HB 5590, introduced by Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield on Jan. 31, would create the Health Care Billing Equity Act. The bill would require the Department of Public Health to seek, accept information and maintain a database of all billing information, billing codes and CPT codes used to bill health care plans, policy providers health insurance and individual patients for health care. procedures performed in Illinois.

The bill would further prohibit any health care bill containing an item in which the charge to a person covered by a health care plan or provider and who received care exceeds the bill for the same item of care. health when billed to individual patients. .

Finally, HB 5594, introduced by Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, creates the Family Leave Insurance Act. The law would require the Department of Employment Security to establish and administer a family leave insurance program, providing family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a new -born, of a newly adopted or foster child or of a family member. with a serious health problem.

The bill would authorize family leave for up to 12 weeks in any 24-month period. The bill would also authorize vacation pay in the amount of 85% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, subject to a maximum of $881 per week.

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