September 13, 2019 Update

Gov. Pritzker joined a dozen other Democratic Governor’s calling for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell to take what they call “sensible” gun control legislation. In their letter, the Governors asked for passage of four gun control laws: a red flag law that bars people who pose a danger to themselves or others from buying or possessing guns, a universal background check to buy any gun, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.Gov. Pritzker made the following appointments:

  • Elizabeth Sanders will serve on the Illinois State Board of Investments.
  • Gloria Chevere will serve on the Chicago Transit Board.
  • Jay Rowell will serve on the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Board.
  • John Duty will continue to serve on the State Mining Board.
  • Robert Eggerman will serve on the State Mining Board.
  • Stephen Willis will continue to serve on the State Mining Board.

The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation, Cannabis Control Section has approved 26 businesses as “Responsible Vendors” authorized to provide mandatory health and safety training to cannabis dispensary agents. Responsible Vendors provide dispensary agents training on how to properly check purchaser identification, state laws and rules relating to dispensing cannabis, how to identify signs of impairment, physiological effects of cannabis, security measures, and health concerns related to cannabis consumption. All medical cannabis dispensing agents currently working in Illinois must receive training from an approved Responsible Vendor by November 30, 2019 to ensure they have been trained before adult use sales begin on January 1, 2020.  Any newly hired dispensary agents also will be required to receive training from an approved vendor within 90 days of their hiring date.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Allergan Finance, LLC; Actavis Pharma, Inc.; Actavis LLC; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; McKesson Corporation; Cardinal Health, Inc.; and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation for their roles in the opioid epidemic.According to Raoul’s lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the opioid manufacturers carried out unfair and deceptive marketing campaigns that prioritized profits over public health and resulted in unprecedented levels of opioid prescribing, while the distributors irresponsibly flooded Illinois with opioids, failing in their role as gatekeepers in preventing the diversion of opioids. 

Filed this week, HB3886 (Jones) which amends the Municipal Code to provide that a municipality within Cook County may not expend any funds relating to a land-based casino, including, but not limited to, legal fees or engineering costs, without approval by the electors of the municipality after a referendum. Provides that a municipality making such an expenditure shall report annually to the Comptroller all expenditures of the municipality related to a land-based casino. Limits home rule powers. Heads to House Rules.
Filed this week, HB3885 (Durkin) which provides that nothing within provisions regarding the control of ethylene oxide sterilization sources shall limit the ability of a home rule unit of local government to adopt an ordinance that imposes additional operating restrictions upon or prohibits ethylene oxide sterilization operations of a facility that is located within the boundaries of the home rule unit of local government and is permitted to emit ethylene oxide. Heads to House Rules. Regulation of ethylene oxide sterilization is likely to be a key issue during the upcoming veto session.
The Illinois Environmental Council is unveiling their negotiated legislation later today.
State Rep. Mike Marron announced he will seek re-election rather than running to replace retiring Congressman John Shimkus.
Coming Up:
The House Mental Health Committee will hold a hearing on Sept. 23 at 11:00 am in the Bilandic Bulding in Chicago to discuss the vaping crisis. The House Health Care Availability and Accessibility Committee is holding a hearing on Sept. 24 at 1 pm in the Bilandic Building to discuss high lead levels in Chicago water.The House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee is holding a hearing on Oct. 2 at 11 am in the Bilandic Building in Chicago to discuss CPS’ Special Education Policy.