Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner took action on a number of bills, including signing legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).
Senate Bill 748 will create a certification process for “dental emergency responders.” Senator Barickman filed the legislation to create a clear standard.
“We need to have a clear system to determine who is qualified to respond during an emergency situation,” said Senator Barickman. “This includes dentists who may be needed to perform work on individuals affected by a disaster.”
Senate Bill 748 would require dentists to be certified by the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, which requires training from either the National Disaster Life Support Foundation or the National Incident Management System.
The Department of Public Health has not taken steps to define the necessary standards for someone to be "certified" in emergency medical situations.
The Illinois State Dental Society proposed the legislation to clearly articulate the standards for certification, because they believe it is imperative to be prepared for natural and manmade disasters.
Gov. Rauner also signed the Barickman-co-sponsored Senate Bill 736, which makes several technical changes to firearm and concealed carry laws, including ending the requirement for licensees to unload firearms before storing or retrieving a gun in/from their vehicle, as well as allowing a Concealed Carry License to be used in lieu of a FOID card for firearms and ammunition purchases.
The Governor also signed House Bill 1455, which creates the Electronic Products Recycling Act. This new law, co-sponsored by Sen. Barickman, sets new goals for recyclers and manufacturers over the next two years, and aims to help divert electronic waste from landfills.