Senator Barickman’s Senate Week in Review: New Laws Part 2

Senator Barickman honored by education and manufacturing organizations

Senator Jason Barickman’s has been recognized for work on education funding reform, while also being honored for his support of manufacturing businesses.

Barickman was recently presented with the “Friend of Education” award from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents.  The award was largely based on the Senator’s work in advancing the concept of an evidence-based model for school funding, which was successfully passed into law. The award was presented to Barickman during his fall Youth Advisory Council meeting, which is a program that invites students from his district to learn more about state government while offering them the opportunity to propose new legislation.

“IARSS recognizes individuals that work to advance educational opportunities for all students in the state of Illinois and Senator Barickman is most deserving of our Friends of Education Award in 2018. His tireless efforts to enact the evidence-based funding reform to ensure that every district has the adequate resources to provide the best possible educational opportunities for their students,” said Regional Office of Education  #17 Superintendent Mark Jontry, who presented Senator Barickman with the award. “Senator Barickman’s Youth Advisory Council program is another example of how he engages students directly to provide them a better understanding of how our legislative process works in Illinois. He truly is a Friend of Education.”

Mark Jontry (left) and Senator Barickman

The Technology and Manufacturing Association awarded Senator Barickman with a 100% rating for his voting record, one of only two Senators to receive a perfect score.

“Manufacturers are a major part of the Illinois economy, providing good paying jobs and economic development for our communities,” said Sen. Barickman. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work in trying to help grow our manufacturing base and our state economy.”

The TMA rates the voting record of every lawmaker in regard to legislation that affects manufacturers and businesses. Sen. Barickman received a perfect 100 score for 2018, and has a lifetime rating from the TMA of 92.

“Senator Jason Barickman’s voting record demonstrates an understanding of the importance of economic growth and expansion of career choice in Illinois, especially when it comes to manufacturing,” said Steve Rauschenberger, President of TMA. “Senator Barickman is standing up against the intrusive state regulations that are holding back the growth of our business environment.”

The Technology and Manufacturing Association represents nearly 1,000 manufacturers who employ more than 30,000 people, primarily in the Midwest.

New laws support, protect military personnel

New laws to support and protect our military personnel and veterans are among those that will be implemented in 2019. Military personnel believed to have a physical or mental condition related to their service will now be included in the state’s definition of “high-risk missing person,” providing additional resources to help locate and safeguard these heroes under Senate Bill 2278/PA 100-0835.

Homeless veterans will be provided a free copy of medical records by health-care facilities and practitioners to help support claims for veterans’ disability benefits under House Bill 4848/PA 100-0814.

Greater dual credit access for high school students

In the New Year, high school students will have greater access to dual credit coursework thanks to two new state laws. Senate Bill 2527/PA 100-0792, allows qualified students to enroll in an unlimited amount of dual credit courses and earn an unlimited amount of academic credits from dual credit courses taught by a qualified instructor. Another measure, Senate Bill 2838/PA 100-1049, improves access by requiring community colleges to enter into a dual credit agreement if a high school district within their boundaries requests it.

River Edge Development Zone Program revamp

With a focus on redevelopment and economic growth, the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program gets a facelift in the New Year. This important program helps revive and redevelop environmentally-challenged properties adjacent to rivers in Illinois.  Senate Bill 3527/PA 100-0629, in addition to a few other changes, also creates the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Act to help protect and rehabilitate historic structures.

Golden Parachutes

A new law targeting overly generous severance packages, also known as “golden parachutes,” is set to take effect on Jan. 1. Golden parachutes have made headlines in recent years when the College of DuPage president was awarded $762,000 at taxpayers’ expense. Senate Bill 3604/PA 100-0895 sets severance pay conditions for government employees to prevent situations like this from happening in the future.

Battling opioids

As the opioid crisis continues to impact lives throughout the nation, two new laws in Illinois that could have an impact are set to go into effect. Licensed prescribers of controlled substances will be required to complete three hours of continuing education on safe opioid-prescribing practices before renewing their prescription license under Senate Bill 2777/PA 100-1106.

Senate Bill 682/PA 100-1023 will provide greater access to emergency opioid and addiction treatment by specifying that insurance companies cannot require prior notification for inpatient and outpatient substance-use-disorder treatment.

House Bill 4795/PA 100-0759 provides a firm foundation to enhance and support efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders. By clarifying and streamlining current state law, managed care organizations and primary care providers are given clear guidance that will help ensure a standardized approach to intervention and treatment of substance abuse.

Transportation safety

As of Jan. 1, children younger than two must be secured in a rear-facing child-restraint system unless they weigh more than 40 pounds, or are 40 inches or taller, under House Bill 4377/PA 100-0672.

And check your backup lights! Senate Bill 2511/PA 100-0707 states that a backup lamp on a motor vehicle must emit either a white or amber light without glare.

Pink is the new orange

Hunters take note! Among the hunting, fishing and trapping laws taking effect in the New Year, House Bill 4231/PA 100-0949 will allow hunters to wear blaze pink, instead of the traditional blaze orange. Proponents of the change claim that blaze pink could be brighter to the human eye than orange, and also less visible to deer.

The full list

There’s a lot more to know as we kick off 2019! To view the full list of all 253 new laws coming in the New Year, visit:

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