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It’s just a bill

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

* We’ll see if this actually comes to fruition

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been working to change the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which some have invoked in the fight against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The 1998 Health Right of Conscience Act bans discrimination because of such persons’ refusal to receive or participate in any way in any particular form of healthcare services contrary to his or her conscience.

Some have said the law allows people to avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine and evade Pritzker’s executive order mandating vaccination or regularly testing for health care workers, educators and other state employees.

Ameri Klafeta, of the ACLU of Illinois, said people are abusing the 1998 law and using it in a way that was not intended.

“The cases that have been brought under this law have always involved health care professionals,” Klafeta said. “This was never a law for individual citizens.” […]

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said last month that addressing the HCRCA through legislation would be the first major action Democrats have taken on policies concerning COVID-19.

“I don’t think they want to be put in that vice-like position, but the governor’s pushing it,” Rose said.

Democrats too often allow themselves to be spooked by a tiny and vocal minority. It’s a big reason why they’ve sat on the sidelines for so long.

* CBS 2

All over Illinois, said State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-101st) people are outraged by the rash of catalytic converter thefts, sold to scrap metal operators and used car parts dealers for cash.

“So right now, if I have a catalytic converter, I can go into a company and sell it to the scrap yard and they don’t ask any questions.”

Ford has introduced a new Illinois law that would require catalytic converter sellers to shows buyers a drivers license or state ID. Buyers would then have to log that personal information. […]

The hope to dry up the market for the stolen parts. Similar laws have been passed in other states, including legislation in California in 2019. But State Farm Insurance said its customers claims for catalytic converter thefts jumped a 175% in California between June of 2020 and June of this year.

…Adding… From a bill passed and signed into law in 2012

Prohibits the sale and purchase of catalytic converters not attached to motor vehicles unless the seller is a licensed automotive parts recycler or scrap processor.

* Press release…

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins on Thursday will announce proposed state legislation to ban the possession and sale of guns without serial numbers, known as “ghost guns,” and the unserialized gun kits used to make them. Ghost guns are homemade firearms that cannot be traced. The kits used to build ghost guns do not require background checks, which allows anyone – even individuals prohibited from owning a firearm – to purchase them.

Who: Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins, and Delphine Cherry, of Brady Illinois

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021

Where: Cook County Sheriff’s Police Headquarters – 1401 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, 60153

We are requesting pool coverage. Proper COVID-19 precautions will be observed, including social distancing, appropriate use of face masks, and hand sanitization.

* More…

* Medical marijuana, more popular than ever, could still cost you your job in Illinois: Morgan has introduced legislation to challenge Illinois law so most workers or job seekers would not be punished after testing positive for low levels of marijuana, whether recreational or medical.”This law would change the burden in the sense that the individual who fails a drug test alone should not lose their job, and should not be refused an opportunity to work someplace” he explained. “Unless you show impairment, you can’t be discriminated against in the workplace.”

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  1. - Lake Villa Township - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    Ban ghost guns

  2. - Anotheretiree - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 12:34 pm:

    I have an early 1960’s Remington model 514 .22 rifle. They didn’t have serial numbers. Hope someone tells the legislators to define ghost guns as not including legitimate manufacturers and antiques.

  3. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 12:48 pm:

    “Morgan has introduced legislation to challenge Illinois law so most workers or job seekers would not be punished after testing positive for low levels of marijuana, whether recreational or medical.”

    Low levels?…what level medically/scientifically certifies impairment?

  4. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 12:57 pm:

    ===contrary to his or her conscience===

    This can probably be addressed, eventually, with court action but would imperil our public health response so the legislature should act. I don’t think being stupid is a synonym for conscience.

    My advice to the Pritzker administration would be to take whatever disciplinary action is appropriate and let the courts figure it out if the legislature lacks the moral courage to act.

    ===unless the seller is a licensed automotive parts recycler or scrap processor.===

    So the real problem is that the scrap yards are making illegal purchases without there being any real consequences attached to it.

  5. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:03 pm:

    “Ghost guns”… “unserialized gun kits used to make them”

    Another ginned up boogie-man. The idea that completely homemade weapons or ghost guns are a problem is a joke. The so-called 80%’r kits that are sold require expert metal/gunsmith skills to become an actual useable firearm. The unintended consequence of this would also limit the option for firearms enthusiasts. Ar-15 type Semi-automatic rifles have an upper and a lower receiver; the legally controlled part is the one that is serialized. For AR-15 type rifles, the lower receiver assembly is legally considered the actual receiver. Many enthusiasts customize AR-15’s with specialized AR-15 upper receivers – often made of stronger billets or forged material. These “Ghost Gun” laws would likely make this illegal.

  6. - Nameless - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:15 pm:

    @Anotheretiree, I was thinking the same thing. Most of the old Sears catalogue guns not serialized. Instead they’re all marked with the catalogue/model number and that’s all. The intent is most likely related to homemade firearms and “80%” receivers, but they need to be careful about wording or a big chuck of Illinoisans will be in possession of illegal firearms overnight.

  7. - Try-4-Truth - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:25 pm:

    ++++ ”This law would change the burden in the sense that the individual who fails a drug test alone should not lose their job, and should not be refused an opportunity to work someplace” +++++

    My agency receives federal funds. Under the Drug Free workplace act of 1988, I have little choice to discipline anyone testing positive for THC.

  8. - AnonymousFool - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:43 pm:

    On the topic of ghost guns-

    You do not need to be a gunsmith any longer to make a firearm with an 80% completed lower receiver. 3d printing technology can make one with zero input. The files to make an AR15 lower receiver are free on the internet.

  9. - H-W - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:45 pm:

    @ CandyDogood on the HCRCA issue - Amen.

    @ Rich =Democrats too often allow themselves to be spooked by a tiny and vocal minority=

    Couldn’t have said it better. On the other hand, Republicans, never seem to have this issue. They tend to fall in line regardless of the issue or policy being advocated by their leaders. In the end, that tiny, vocal minority always seems to find a lot of voters.

  10. - Nicky - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 1:57 pm:

    It clearly distinguishes it applies to all persons
    Those on the receiving end
    Those on the providing end

  11. - Press Pop - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 2:43 pm:

    Ghost guns? That’s the best Dart’s team can come up with? Next, please…

  12. - sladay - Wednesday, Oct 13, 21 @ 3:04 pm:

    ==My agency receives federal funds. Under the Drug Free workplace act of 1988==

    Same, so until Federal law changes, this will help some but not all.

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