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It’s just a bill

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020

* Kurt Erickson at the Post-Dispatch

When Deborah Bruyette imagines a world where it is 5 p.m. in Missouri, but 6 o’clock in Illinois, she doesn’t like it.

“That’s a no go. It would just throw everything off,” said Bruyette, a Freeburg resident who works at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

The idea of having Missouri and Illinois in different time zones is circulating after the Illinois Senate approved legislation earlier this year that would make daylight saving time the standard in Illinois.

Although the proposal still needs approval in the Illinois House, as well as the signature of the governor and an OK from the federal government, it has residents and business owners on both sides of the Mississippi River thinking how it might affect their lives.

* Ben Orner at Capitol News Illinois

Sex education in Illinois middle and high schools would be required to include a discussion on sexting if a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives becomes law.

House Bill 4007, introduced by Rep. Maurice West, D-Rockford, would require sex education curriculum in grades 6-12 to include material on the legal and social risks of sharing sexually explicit images, messages and videos.

“This is something that a lot of our students are dealing with and are partaking in without really understanding what the consequences could be,” West said.

* Cole Lauterbach at The Center Square

After hearing reports of first responders losing life insurance coverage after getting anti-overdose drugs for work, an Illinois lawmaker wants to prohibit such cancellations.

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, said she didn’t know that there was a coverage issue until a resident of her district reached out.

“A constituent had been denied life insurance when she had the prescription because she is a first responder,” McDermed said. “When we investigated, we found out that this is an issue and that a number of states have already acted legislatively to address the issue.”

Her legislation, filed last week, would bar life insurance providers from denying coverage or dropping a contract for a first responder solely because that person got a prescription for an opioid antagonist, the most common being naloxone or Narcan.

Then the story goes on to describe the bill, but the full text is actually silent on first responders. Here’s the summary

Prohibits a life insurance company from denying coverage to an individual, limiting the amount, extent, or kind of coverage available to the individual, or charging an individual or group to which the individual belongs a different rate solely because the individual has been prescribed or has obtained through a standing order an opioid antagonist.


It’s a law that’s been on the books in Illinois for more than 50 years, but State Representative John Cabello is looking to have the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act repealed.

The 68th district Republican filed House Bill 4067 which would eliminate the law that requires all Illinois residents to apply for a FOID card in order to legally possess or purchase guns or ammunition in the state.. Those in favor of FOID cards say it helps keep Illinoians safe because the application process includes a background check. But Cabello argues that FOID cards are needed in just three other states: Hawaii.. New Jersey and Massachusetts. So why is it needed in Illinois.

“For me it’s seems like it’s just another road block for law abiding citizens,” said Cabello. “Criminals are never going to go out and get what they need because they’re criminals. It’s just one more layer of government. I think right now there is a 62,000 back log of people trying to get their FOID or renew their FOID. It’s a problem that we’ve had for a long time. “

* Aaron Gettinger at the Hyde Park Herald

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s state representatives have long been vocal about the need to refine Illinois’ legalization of marijuana, and both introduced legislation to that end late last year that may be considered in the legislature’s spring session.

On Dec. 27, State Rep. Curtis Tarver II (D-25th), who represents Hyde Park east of Ellis Avenue and southern Kenwood east of Woodlawn Avenue, filed House Bill (HB) 4009, which would amend the Juvenile Court Act to expunge law enforcement records of people who committed cannabis-related violations before turning 18.

His bill would also require law enforcement agencies to allow access, review and confirmation of automatic expungement. Circuit court clerks would similarly expunge people’s juvenile court records. […]

In November, Buckner introduced HB 3953, the Cannabis Banking and Credit Union Act, which would create state-licensed financial institutions to provide banking services to cannabis businesses.

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  1. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:56 am:

    == State Representative John Cabello is looking to have the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act repealed. ==

    There is currently a state court case that has ruled the FOID law invalid; it is on appeal and may end up crossing into the federal system and possibly reach SCOTUS. That is what eventually happen with concealed carry. So there is some logic behind attempting to repeal it.

  2. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:01 am:

    ===“For me it’s seems like it’s just another road block for law abiding citizens,” said Cabello. “Criminals are never going to go out and get what they need because they’re criminals.===

    LOL alright dude. You have your campaign mailer now.

    And RNUG… there is no logic behind it. How many gun deaths has IL and the nation had this year? How many stories on people on the “do not sell list” who illegally have them and authorities haven’t been able to track?

  3. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:05 am:

    Thanks for the news on HB4067, just contacted my rep asking him to support.

  4. - Time - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:06 am:

    What are chances this daylight saving law makes it? Anyone have an idea?

  5. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:10 am:

    The insurance thing seems like a no-brainer IMHO. You could also have a script for it because of a family member I guess.

  6. - Commisar Gritty - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:17 am:

    Cabello complains about the backlog on FOID applications, but would anyone like to guess on how he voted on the Fix The FOID bill that got killed? The one that seeked to address this backlog?

  7. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:20 am:

    == And RNUG… there is no logic behind it. ==

    Other than a question of constitutionality. The 2A does allow for regulation at state level … but the question is how much?

    FWIW … I’m not ignoring the issue of shooting deaths; I had a young son killed in a hunting accident years ago.

  8. - fs - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:22 am:

    == Cabello complains about the backlog on FOID applications, but would anyone like to guess on how he voted on the Fix The FOID bill that got killed? The one that seeked to address this backlog?==

    You mean the bill that would jack up fees, make it even more difficult for law abiding citizens to get a FOID card, and most likely result in a lawsuit?

  9. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:24 am:

    Why is a first responder getting work supplies (drugs) under their individual name instead of the department? It sounds like a supplies procurement problem, not an insurance problem.

  10. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:35 am:

    The first responders insurance issue sounds like a procurement problem not an insurance problem. The department should be procuring this supply, not the individual.

  11. - JC - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:48 am:


    Thinking of you, buddy.

    I had no idea.

  12. - Collinsville Kevin - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:55 am:

    If somehow this stupid daylight savings bill passes, I think I could figure out what time to leave for work in Missouri. What I couldn’t figure out is why it is dark at 8:00 a.m. in December and January.

  13. - Frank Talks - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:56 am:

    Good bill by West. Kids today have no clue about the long term impact of what they do through texting. Teaching them the laws on the books and the long term impact sexting texts could have on their future is solid work.

  14. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 12:40 pm:

    The hysteria about the potential time zone change is funny. I suppose it could be worse by splitting up the State into different time zones, like Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee.

    What’s the big deal? So you have to remember that the clocks are set differently somewhere else.

    It ain’t rocket science. It’s telling time. Learned that in kindergarten.

  15. - a drop in - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:14 pm:

    I have co-workers in AZ. They don’t have daylight savings time so we are two hours ahead at that time instead of 1 hour ahead. We deal with it.

  16. - walker - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:20 pm:

    So sorry RNUG

  17. - Sonny - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:22 pm:

    Cool so they got this part right too? Great work on the leg everyone.

  18. - thoughts matter - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 2:04 pm:

    I am not a fan of making daylight savings time permanent- is rather we just discontinue it. However, to base a decision on twhether Missouri is on a different time zone ignores the fact that Indiana is on a different one now.
    We have a lot of people in Chicago that might prefer we were on the same time zone as Indiana.

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