Media Literacy Mandate, Animal Products Ban Among Latest 53 Pritzker Bills Signed Capitolnewsillinois.com




Governor JB Pritzker speaks at an event in Springfield earlier this year. On Friday, he signed another 53 bills, bringing the total number of signed bills to 97 for the current General Assembly out of more than 600 that have been passed by the General Assembly. (Capitol News Illinois file photo)

Governor has signed 97 of more than 600 bills passed this year

By PETER HANCOCK
Illinois Capitol News
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SPRINGFIELD — Public high schools in Illinois will soon be required to teach students how to access and evaluate various types of news and social media they see online and elsewhere as part of their regular curriculum.


It was among 53 bills Governor JB Pritzker signed Friday, July 9, bringing the total number of bills signed by the current General Assembly so far this year to 97.


House Bill 234 provides that beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, all public high schools will provide a media literacy teaching unit that will include instructions on how to access the information and to assess the reliability of its source; analyze and evaluate media messages; creating media messages; assess how media messages trigger emotions and behaviors; and social responsibility.


The State Board of Education is responsible for preparing and distributing educational resources and providing professional learning opportunities for educators.


The bill was sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Cicero, and Senator Karina Villa, D-West Chicago. He passed both houses largely along party lines: 68-44 in the House and 42-15 in the Senate.


Another new law makes it illegal to import into Illinois, with intent to sell, body parts or products made from a long list of alien and endangered species.


Illinois, like many states, has long banned the import of ivory and rhino horn. Under House Bill 395, the list of animals whose parts or derivatives are prohibited from importation is expanded to include cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, great apes, hippos, jaguars, leopards, lions , monk seals, narwhals, pangolins, rays or sharks, rhinos, sea turtles, tigers, walruses, whales or any other species listed in the Convention on International Trade or listed as threatened or endangered in under the US Endangered Species Act.


The bill was sponsored by Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines, and Senator Linda Holmes, D-Aurora. He passed the House, 113-1, and the Senate, 57-0.


Illinois Residents Applicants to public colleges and universities across the state will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application starting in January 2022.


House Bill 226, known as the Fair Admissions to Higher Education Act, requires all public institutions of higher learning to adopt an “optional testing” policy for admissions, which means that they cannot require students to submit standardized test scores, but can allow students to do so if they choose.


The bill was sponsored by Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, and Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Cahokia Heights. He passed the House, 109-8, and the Senate, 45-9.


Student athletes in public and non-public schools are now permitted to alter their athletic or team uniforms for modesty purposes, consistent with their religion, cultural values, or modesty preferences.


House Bill 120, which was sponsored by Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, and Senator Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, provides that alterations can include items such as hijabs, undershirts or leggings. Any modification, however, must not interfere with the movement of the student or pose a danger to the safety of the student or other athletes or players. There are also limits on how the helmet can be modified.


Students who choose to modify their uniforms are responsible for all additional costs, unless the school chooses to cover the costs.


Passing drivers school zones will have to slow down a bit earlier on school days under another bill signed by Pritzker.


House Bill 343, by Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, and Senator Meg Loughran Cappel, D-Shorewood, calls for special speed limits around schools to begin at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. The new law takes effect immediately.


The bill was passed by both houses unanimously.


High school students who are in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services can rest assured that their student financial aid applications will be fulfilled by the time they are ready to apply for college.


Senate Bill 63, by Sen. Robert Peters and Rep. Curtis Tarver, both Chicago Democrats, requires that beginning in 2022, DCFS ensure that every young person in care in Illinois who enters in his senior year of high school, takes a free course. Apply for federal student financial aid or apply for state financial aid by November 1 of their senior year.


The bill was passed by both houses unanimously.


And children operating lemonade stands will no longer have to worry about getting a permit.


Senate Bill 119, by Sen. Patrick Joyce, D-Essex, and Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, provides that neither the Department of Public Health nor any local health department or public health district shall may regulate the sale of lemonade, non-alcoholic beverages or mixed drinks by a person under 16 years of age.


The new law has been dubbed ‘Hayli’s Law’, after a 12-year-old girl whose lemonade stand in Kankakee was shut down by local officials, according to an article on the Illinois Senate Democrats website. .


The bill was passed by both houses unanimously.



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