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Morrison's DCFS reform package signed into law

morrison 032719SPRINGFIELD – A package of proposals passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) reforming the troubled Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) agency was signed into law recently by Gov. Pritzker. 

One of the most sweeping proposals signed is Senate Bill 1778, a proposal Morrison worked with advocates and fellow lawmakers on for years to update the confusing set of state rules governing reporting of child abuse in Illinois.

“The first step in addressing potential child abuse is the reporting of that behavior,” Morrison said. “If the abuse is not being reported – or if individuals don’t know the signs of abuse or who to even report to – the entire system is in jeopardy of not working, leaving abused children in dangerous situations.”

Also signed recently by the governor:

  • Senate Bill 193, which mandates DCFS to review a random 5 percent of abuse claims that were “unfounded” to ensure the agency isn’t missing key signs of abuse or neglect;
  • Senate Bill 1239, which requires DCFS to immediately refer reports of abuse of a child by an individual who is not in the child’s family to the appropriate local law enforcement agency; and
  • House Bill 1551, which requires DCFS to accept a report of child abuse as a child welfare services referral when there is a prior indicated report of abuse and a prior open service case.

Morrison – who is Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and co-founder of the Children’s Health Caucus – has vowed to continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and from both the Senate and House in the coming weeks and months to ensure DCFS never fails a child again. 

“Ensuring the systems put in place to protect children are actually working must continue to be our number one priority as lawmakers,” Morrison said.

Senate Bill 193 takes effect immediately. Senate Bills 1239 and 1778, as well as House Bill 1551, take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Morrison proposals to expand dental anesthesia availability for individuals with disabilities signed into law

Sen. Julie MorrisonSPRINGFIELD – Two proposals passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) expanding the availability of anesthesia use in dental procedures for individuals with disabilities were signed into law recently by Gov. Pritzker.

“For individuals with a disability, routine dental procedures can be especially distressing,” Morrison said. “We want to ensure important dental work is being performed, however, as long-term serious health consequences can develop if left untreated.”

Morrison’s first proposal, contained in Senate Bill 111, increases the age of eligibility to receive anesthesia coverage for dental treatment for individuals with autism or a developmental disability. Under the new law, the age will increase from 19 to 26.

Morrison: Illinois should be a leader in employment for individuals with disabilities

Sen. Julie MorrisonSPRINGFIELD – A package of proposals by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) aimed at increasing state employment of individuals with disabilities has been signed into law by Gov. Pritzker.

“Having a job means having dignity, independence and purpose, regardless of whether or not an individual has a disability,” Morrison said. “The State of Illinois should be a leader in showing that individuals with disabilities are just as capable in the workplace and have a valued role in contributing to our state and our economy.”

Morrison – who is chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus – passed the series of measures to help break down the barriers to employment individuals with disabilities face.

Morrison law to study potential threat of microplastics

microplastics 081319SPRINGFIELD – A proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) to study the potential threat of microplastics was signed into law on Friday by Gov. Pritzker.

“While the prevalence of microplastics is well known, the potential environmental and human health effects are not yet fully understood,” Morrison said. “With increasing levels of plastic being found in our waterways, it is of even greater importance to reduce consumption of plastics whenever possible.”

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Chairperson); Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representatives:
Jonathan Carroll
Bob Morgan