Legislation

State

  • Social Services Contract Notice (HB3110): This bill was written in response to the Good Friday social services cut that took place in April 2015. The bill would require the state of Illinois to provide the General Assembly and social service providers advance notice prior to reducing, eliminating, or suspending services. The HB3110 fact sheet can be accessed here. It was enrolled on August 18, 2017 – Public Act 100-0153
  • The Thriving Youth Fund (SB2046): The bill establishes the thriving youth income tax check box that allows taxpayers to fund non-Medicaid eligible community-based youth programs. The SB2046 fact sheet can be accessed here. It was enrolled on August 24, 2017 – Public Act 100-0329

  • The Prompt Payment Equity Act (HB3143): The bill amends the State Prompt Payment Act to include state vendors providing prevention, intervention, or treatment services and supports for youth on behalf of the state. The General Assembly voted to override Governor Rauner’s veto on November 8, 2017 – Public Act 100-054
  • School Age Licensure Exemption (SB 2321): The bill provides crucial exemptions to childcare licensing standards for afterschool and summer programs. It was enrolled on  July 29, 2016 – Public Act 099-699. As part of the legislation, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was to develop specific rules involving staff qualification and training standards by which programs can obtain the exemption. A SB2321 workgroup convened in 2016 through 2017 to provide recommendations. The school-age license exempt staff qualifications/trainings filed by DHS on December 8, 2017 can be viewed here (pages 14895-14897).
     
     

Federal

  • Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 (H.R.695): This bill provides no/low cost national background checks for youth serving organizations. It was received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on May 23rd.
  • Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (S.860): This bill provides funding for delinquency prevention programming. It passed in the U.S. Senate on August 1st. The bill now heads to a conference committee to be reconciled with its House version, H.R.1809.

  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R.2353): This bill updates the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) legislation. It recognizes and supports the work afterschool and summer providers are doing to help students enter the workforce prepared and ready for well-paid, in-demand careers. It has been received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.