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Tobacco 21 Clears General Assembly, Child Abuse Reporting Measure Advances (Did a Little Bird Tell You?)
Posted on: 3/14/2019

Positive News on Health Legislation


This week, the Illinois General Assembly passed ISMS-backed legislation (HB 345) to raise Illinois’ smoking age to 21 passed. This important public health priority passed the Illinois House on Tuesday by an 82-31 margin. Yesterday the Senate voted 39-16 in favor.  It now goes to Gov. Pritzker for signing.  We are optimistic it will soon be law.

This week we also learned that an ISMS-initiated child abuse reporting bill cleared a key Senate committee. SB 1239 requires that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) refer reported cases of child abuse that do not fall within the jurisdiction of DCFS to law enforcement to ensure that all cases of child abuse are investigated. 

ISMS Wants YOU to Be in the Know

Did you know that when these bills passed, followers of our @ISMSLegislative Twitter account got the scoop first? You too can follow this account for breaking legislative news!

Or, for a broader look at our current legislative priorities, you can visit the ISMS Legislative Action Hub.  These priorities include ISMS-initiated bills to help protect physicians’ controlled substance licenses and avoid adversarial legal action during independent medical exams, our efforts to block inappropriate scope-of-practice bills from other professionals, and more.

ISMS members can access 'The HUB' for deep dives on issues and up-to-the-minute bill status links from the General Assembly. Watch for updates throughout the spring session!

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs  Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.


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