New laws sponsored and cosponsored by Senator Weaver in 2019
SB 28 (Bertino-Tarrant/Weaver) Instructional Day Definition: Defines an instructional day as a minimum of five clock hours of seat time. Provides that the following participation in dual credit enrollment, in a supervised career development experience, in a youth apprenticeship or in a blended learning program will be counted towards the calculation of clock hours of school work per day. Also, expands the e-learning pilot program to all school districts and provides that the regional offices of education or intermediate service centers (instead of the State Board) have the responsibility to verify e-learning programs prior to their use in a school district. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0012
SB 117 (Barickman/Weaver) Student Records Act Update: Provides that if a school intends to destroy a student record, they are able to give reasonable prior notice to the student (in lieu of the parent), if the rights and privileges accorded to a parent have been transferred to the student. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0161
SB 156 (Weaver) Inmate Access to Job-Search and Career Websites: Mandates that the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology and the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) jointly adopt a rule or protocol to permit inmates at DOC facilities to access “specific and approved job search and career building websites within a specified period” prior to release. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0397
SB 1007 (Weaver) Public Access to Military Discharge Records: Allows the public to access military discharge documents that have been filed with the county recorder in accordance with the archival schedule of the National Archives (available 62 years after the service member’s separation from the military) and subject to redaction of private information under the State and Federal Freedom of Information Acts and the Federal Privacy Act. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0402
SB 1221 (Jones/Weaver) Medical Practice Act Extension: Extends the repeal of the Medical Practice Act of 1987 for two years from Dec. 31, 2019, to Jan. 1, 2022. Makes technical changes and updates regulatory language. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0316
SB 1381 (Cunningham/Weaver) Truck Lengths: Makes multiple changes to the classification of highways that govern the movement of semi-trucks. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0328
SB 1460 (Manar/Weaver) NBCT Rural and Remote Cleanup: Creates a new class of incentives under the National Board Certification program specifically for rural or remote school districts/teachers, if adequate funds are available. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0333
SB 1498 (Bennett/Weaver) Agricultural Education Pre-Service Teacher Internship Program: Creates the Agricultural Education Pre-Service Teacher Internship Program. Subject to appropriation, requires the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, to develop an Agricultural Education Pre-Service Teacher Internship Program for high school students. Subject to appropriation, the State Board must award grants to pre-service teaching students enrolled in the program to support their activities. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0554
SB 1591 (Gillespie/Weaver) Data Center Tax Exemption: Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Extends the sunset date for the research and development tax credit from 2021 to 2026. Creates an income tax credit for businesses that offer apprenticeships. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0207
SB 1623 (Sims/Weaver) Abandoned or Repossessed Mobile Homes: States that if a repossessed or abandoned mobile home is sold, the park owner is required to pay off any liens, including utility providers, before paying remaining balance to title holder of abandoned or repossessed property. Requires park owners to follow process for handling of personal property left in an abandoned or repossessed mobile home. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0410
SB 1674 (Weaver) Auction License Act Extension: Extends the repeal date of the Auction License Act from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2030. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0345
SB 1726 (Glowiak/Weaver) Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee: Creates the full-time position of Dementia Coordinator at Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure that Illinois is dementia capable. Provides that the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee shall consist of 17 (rather than 16) voting members; provides that the additional voting member of the Committee shall be an individual with medical or academic experience with early onset Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders; and provides that the Dementia Coordinator shall be funded out of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0588
SB 1901 (Weaver) School Code Clean Up: Exempts contracts for the purchase of fuel, including diesel, gasoline, oil, aviation, natural gas, or propane, lubricants, or other petroleum products from lowest responsible bidder requirement for contracts over $25,000. Moves language regarding paraprofessional fees to the correct section. Makes a language change from assessment of professional teaching to ISBE’s teacher performance assessment. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0570
SB 1902 (Weaver) Designee Contract Approval: Permits agency heads, chief legal counsels, and chief fiscal officers to designate individuals who can approve–on their behalf–new contracts, contract renewals, or changes to existing contracts valued at $250,000 or more. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0359
SB 2024 (Gillespie/Weaver) Apprentice Study: Requires the Illinois Department of Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to conduct a study on the potential expansion of apprenticeship programs and to produce its findings to the General Assembly. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0364
SR 199 (Koehler/Weaver): Declares April 3, 2019, as "Easterseals Day" in the State of Illinois. Resolution adopted.
SR 299 (Weaver): Encourages all school districts in Illinois to adopt a Know Me, Know My Name plan to identify disconnected youth in their schools and start on a path to build relationships with those children that leads away from violence and toward compassion and belonging. Resolution adopted.
SR 306 (Weaver): Declares the week of September 1-7, 2019, as "Resiliency Week" to raise public awareness about the continuing need to plan for future disasters by instituting a pre-disaster mitigation strategy. Resolution adopted.
SR 438 (Weaver): Mourns the death of Gregory P. Smith of Brimfield. Resolution adopted.
HB 465 (Weaver) Pharmacy Benefit Managers Licensing and Transparency: Creates the Pharmacy Benefit Managers Article under the Illinois Insurance Code. Lays out licensure and contract requirements, and other provisions. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0452
HB 889 (Weaver) Lyme Disease Treatment: Mandates coverage for the long-term antibiotic treatment (more than four weeks) of tick-borne diseases. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0371
HB 2264 (Weaver) County Cooperative Extension Funds: Stipulates that in order to provide matching funds and funds for the purpose of general support to counties for cooperative extension programs, the State will recognize those needs and shall (rather than “may”) make an annual appropriation from the Agricultural Premium Fund or any other source of funding available. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0383
HB 2676 (Weaver) Dental Assistant Education Requirements (HB 2676): Clarifies the education requirements for a Dental Assistants to better match the level of skill needed to perform advanced function dental services or provide services in a public health setting. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0064
HB 2811 (Weaver) Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Act Extension: Extends the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Act by 10 years to Jan. 1, 2030. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0269
HB 2847 (Weaver) Organ Donor Protections: Prohibits insurers from limiting, denying, or charging a different rate for coverage for living organ donors. Prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee for requesting or obtaining organ donor leave time. Requires the Secretary of State to create a database compiling information on organ donors. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0179
HB 2868 (Weaver) Work-Based Learning Database: Requires the State Board of Education to develop a work-based learning database to help facilitate relationships between school districts and businesses to expand work-based learning. Defines work-based learning as an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences in which they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0389
HB 2982 (Weaver) Background Check Database for Substitute Teachers: Allows Regional Superintendents to share background check information they have obtained for an applicant seeking employment as a substitute teacher with the State Board of Education. Requires the State Board to post the information in the Educator Licensure Information System for a 90-day period. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0072
HB 3041 (Weaver) Pediatric Cancer Special Decal: Creates a universal decal for pancreatic cancer awareness. The original fee and renewal fee will be $25 with the funds being split between the Secretary of State Special License Plate fund and the Theresa Tracy Trot-Illinois CancerCare Foundation Fund. Creates the Theresa Tracy Trot-Illinois CancerCare Foundation Fund as a special fund in the State Treasury. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0276
HB 3659 (Weaver) Charter Schools Board of Directors: Requires charter schools to have at least one parent of a current charter school student on their board of directors within one year of the effective date of this Act. Requires all charter school board members to complete professional development leadership training, including training on financial oversight and school accountability, principal evaluation, school performance, adherence to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA), and compliance with education and labor law. Signed into law. P.A. 101-0291
HB 3687 (Weaver): School Employee Sex Offense Prosecution (HB 3687): Provides that upon arrest after commencement of a prosecution for a sex offense against a person known to be a school district employee, the State’s Attorney shall immediately provide the superintendent of schools or school administrator that employs the employee with a copy of the complaint, information, or indictment. Signed into law. P.A. 101-05