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Morrison passes set of new laws to help reform DCFS

morrison 052418SPRINGFIELD – With continued high-profile failures at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) is continuing her efforts to reform the agency that is tasked with protecting neglected and abused Illinois children.

Morrison, who is chairwoman of the Senate Human Services Committee, recently passed new initiatives into law that would help turn around the troubled agency:

Holmes increases access to HPV prevention information

hpv ed 080718SPRINGFIELD – Young people in Illinois now have increased access to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) under a measure sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D – Aurora) that became law today.

Under previous law, schools were only required to provide HPV information to female students entering the 6th grade. The new law requires schools to ensure that all students, both male and female, receive the necessary information.

“HPV is a very serious condition that can lead to cancer diagnoses in both men and women,” Holmes said. “To only mandate that female students be provided the information leaves half of the population vulnerable to a potentially life threatening illness, and I’m proud to have helped pass a law that allows for everyone, regardless of sex,  to receive the information they need to remain healthy.”

Senate Bill 2866 passed through both chambers with bipartisan support, and is effective as of January 1, 2019.

Biss bill tightening background checks on ride-share drivers becomes law

rideshare 080718SPRINGFIELD – A bill requiring ride-share drivers to provide more personal information for background checks became law today.

The new law, sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), requires all individuals who are applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service to provide their full legal name, social security number, and date of birth.

“People who use ride-sharing services as a method of transportation deserve to know who’s driving the car they’re getting into,” said Biss. “By requiring drivers to provide more than just basic information, ride-sharing companies are now held to the same standard that other licensed transportation services have been held to for years.”

Previously, prospective drivers only had to provide their address, age, driver’s license number, motor vehicle registration and automobile insurance liability.

The genesis of the bill was an incident in Biss’s district, when a ride-share driver was arrested for a suspected DUI with a passenger in their car. The driver had been under court supervision for a previous DUI.

House Bill 4416 passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, and effective immediately.

Morrison passes law to strengthen the Illinois Human Rights Act

morrison 031518SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will now receive stronger protections under the Human Rights Act, thanks to State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).

When the current Human Rights Act was enacted, the statutes recognized only one type of order of protection. Senate Bill 2826, signed into law last week, expands the law’s protections to include persons protected under No Contact Orders, No Stalking No Contact Orders and Civil No Contact Orders.

That clarification will afford victims of workplace stalking and harassment further protections by aid such as reasonable, unpaid leave for court dates.

“Clarifying and strengthening the definition of the Illinois Human Rights Act is the right thing to do,” Morrison said. “We have to ensure that everyone has the strongest protections when it comes to discrimination in the workplace.”

The Human Rights Act defines unlawful discrimination as discrimination against a person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, and marital status, order of protection status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service.

SB 2826 goes into effect immediately.

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