Governor Bruce Rauner approved several legislative measures sponsored by Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) this week ranging from hospice medicine transportation to equity crowd-funding.
DNR Land Vacation (HB 3622): If DNR feels it is in the best interest of the public to vacate any plat of subdivision, street, roadway, or driveway, the DNR may do so with approval from the Governor; land title is moved unless there is an easement or action instructing otherwise.
Hospice Medicine Transportation (SB 689): Clarifies that an advanced practice nurse, practical nurse, or registered nurse who provides hospice or home health services to a person may lawfully possess controlled substances prescribed for the patient when acting as an agent for the patient.
State’s Attorney Investigators (SB 1734): Allows State’s Attorneys to use their employee investigators for service of process and assess, and to collect the same fee for service of process that the Sheriff collects.
Life Insurance Legal Reserves (SB 94): Changes standards and calculations required for legal reserves of life insurance companies. Implements NAIC model act on the uniform "Valuation Manual," including the use of principle-based reserve (PBR) valuation methods.
Road Funds (HB 182): Allows funds for township and road districts to come from other road district sources, but funds cannot exceed the amount that would be allocated under the motor fuel tax fund formula.
Child Long-Term Care (HB 2755): Moves the governance of long-term care facilities for individuals under age 22 from the ID/DD Community Care Act into the new MC/DD Act.
Equity Crowdfunding (HB 3429): Allows companies, particularly start-ups, to build capital by soliciting small amounts of money from many investors over the internet for the purchase and sale of securities. Investors may be accredited or non-accredited. Secretary of State is allowed to establish rules pertaining to issuance of securities, fees, and notice requirements.
Serial Number Modification (SB 1820): Provides for additional record keeping for all items purchased for resale or loan regardless of the source. All material purchased for resale or collateral must have an unmodified serial number.
Hearing Society Licensure (SB 731): Requires Department to administer the International Hearing Society's licensure examination as the qualification for licensure to provide hearing instrument services.
Collection Agency Sunset (HB 3332): Provides updated language and technical changes to the Collection Agency Act, Professional Services Act, Limited Liability Corporation Act and the Real Estate Licensing Act. Creates the Professional Limited Liability Company Act to apply to licensed professionals.
Illinois Physical Therapy Act Repeal Date (SB 837): Extends the repeal date of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2026. Updates the Illinois Physical Therapy Act to bring it in line with the current standards of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Respiratory Care Practice Act Extension (SB 973): Extends the Respiratory Care Practice Act sunset to January 1, 2026. The language includes technical cleanup and changes to bring the Act more in line with the Department's other licensing acts.
Hospital Discharge Caregivers (SB 1298): Requires hospitals to provide patients or the patients' legal guardians with an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Requires hospitals to notify the patient's caregiver prior to discharge and provide instructions regarding the patient's discharge plan.
Veterinarian Regulations (SB 1827): Requires veterinarians to provide prescription script for consumers to use in purchasing pharmaceuticals for their pet from a pharmacy of their choice.