* This passed on a bipartisan roll call. So, no Rauner brick…
Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The House approved state Rep. Lou Lang’s measure 68-36 on Saturday. The Skokie Democrat says marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD.
* A whole lot of union-friendly House Republicans took a walk and didn’t vote on this bill, so there’s most definitely a heavy Rauner brick…
The Illinois House approved legislation Friday prohibiting state workers from going on strike or being locked out of their jobs if negotiations on a new labor agreement stall.
The House voted 67-25 to approve the measure, which now goes to the Senate for approval.
Under the bill, either side in labor talks could declare an impasse, starting a process in which the contract would be sent to binding arbitration.
*** UPDATE *** The Senate is, at 2:30, poised to pass the AFSCME bill. Track it via our live coverage post.
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* Another brick…
The House approved a measure Friday creating two state agencies for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The bill passed by a 69-47 vote, with Republicans criticizing the Democratic-led bill as needlessly partisan. A previous version of the bill would have separated the two agencies but also rolled Historic Preservation into the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. It also would have privatized some of DCEO’s operations. […]
Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said he agreed with some parts of the proposal, but he ultimately voted against it.
“Once again, as we’ve seen over the last few weeks, the process is wrong,” he said. “The governor’s office needs to be involved in this operation.”
* No brick in either chamber…
A first-of-its-kind heroin bill is now in passage stage in the state Senate after being unanimously approved by the House this week.
But a local judge who heads Champaign County’s drug court thinks the legislation is misguided.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the Heroin Crisis Act would be the most expansive heroin bill ever enacted and a potential model for the nation.
The bill passed the House unanimously and only a handful voted “No” in the Senate.
* No bricks…
The House has unanimously advanced legislation to require land surveyors to give notice to landowners before beginning construction of high-voltage transmission lines. […]
The House also has endorsed legislation without opposition that clarifies zoning laws for wind turbines.
The House sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Thomas Bennett, R-Gibson City, said the measure will help regulate where turbines can be constructed.
* I don’t know if there was a brick on this one, but if Rauner did brick it, GOP Rep. Dave McSweeney either didn’t get the memo or ignored it because he was the only HGOP to vote for the legislation…
ollowing a rise in concern over data breaches and identity theft, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, worked with Attorney General Lisa Madigan to pass legislation Thursday offering consumers stronger protections against cyber criminals.
“Technology has benefited our society in many ways and has enabled us to do normal every-day tasks by the touch of a button,” Kifowit said. “In these changing times, it is important to update our laws so we can better prevent identity theft and safeguard private medical information.”
When data breaches occur, companies are required to notify customers that their financial information might be at risk. Kifowit’s Senate Bill 1833 extends these protections to include medical information and online accounts. Under her legislation, data collectors must notify the Illinois Attorney General’s office if a security breach occurs involving a consumer’s personal information. The Attorney General’s office will create a website to post information on the latest breaches to keep consumers up-to-date.
* There was a weighty brick on this one, but from what I’m told the Republicans actually pushed back against the governor and he lifted it…
The Illinois House approved legislation Friday that will alter the fee people pay for 911 emergency phone service.
Under a proposal crafted over the past year, the cost of 911 will be 87 cents per month. That figure will be the same for both mobile phones and landline phones.
The measure was sent to the Senate on a 94-15 vote. […]
Without legislative action, the law governing 911 service in Illinois will sunset on July 1.