SPRINGFIELD – A new bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) will allow prescribing physicians to receive comprehensive pharmaceutical education.

“Prescription drugs are an important tool in keeping patients healthy,” Fine said. “We should strive to ensure that the doctors writing those prescriptions have the most accurately, timely, and thorough information available.”

House Bill 3097 requires the Department of Health and Family Services to develop a pharmaceutical education program for prescribing physicians. The program would use evidence-based, noncommercial sources and would be taught by specially trained pharmacists, nurses or health professionals. It would include instruction regarding the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, respiratory syncytial virus, and nicotine dependence.

The bill passed through the Senate and the House of Representatives with unanimous bipartisan support. It will be sent to the governor for approval.

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SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities will have an easier time reviewing their status of being selected for services under a new bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview).

“Families of individuals with disabilities rely on social services to provide a higher quality of life for their family member, but the current process for checking their status is slow and confusing,” Fine said. “This legislation will help families have a more accessible process to find out the support services available.”

House Bill 3483 requires the Department of Human Services to maintain a database of families on the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) waitlist. This would give the families the option of receiving emails regarding the status of being selected for the services in question.

The bill passed both chambers the General Assembly with unanimous, bipartisan support and will be sent to Gov. JB Pritzker for approval.

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SPRINGFIELD – Graduate and research assistants would have the same labor rights as other educational employees under a measure State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) passed through the Senate.

“Everyone should be treated with respect in the workplace,” Fine said. “These graduate and research assistants should have the same opportunities as their educational colleagues.”

House Bill 253 removes graduate assistants whose primary duties are research or pre-professional from the “student” classification so that they can be defined as employees. Under current law, those classified as students are excluded from certain labor protections. This would entitle them to collective bargaining rights, putting them in the same position as other educational employees throughout the state.

“The right to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions is a fundamental right of all workers,” Fine said. “I’m happy to have passed this legislation ensuring that all graduate and research assistants can maintain the dignity they deserve.”

The bill passed through the House of Representatives in March. Having now passed the Senate, it will be sent for approval by the governor.

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SPRINGFIELD – To move more apprentices from learning to working, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is pushing for a plan that would factor an aspiring firefighter’s apprenticeship work into hiring considerations.

Current law gives firefighter hiring preferences to applicants who are veterans, cadets, have bachelors or associates degrees, paramedics, have been employed in related positions or who reside in the jurisdiction of the fire district. House Bill 2854 adds an additional preference toward applicants who have completed over 600 hours of fire suppression work as an apprentice.

“Many applicants have previous experience fighting fires, but they aren’t given preference in hiring,” Fine said. “This bill gives fire departments the ability to factor in that practical experience as they hire firefighters to help keep their communities as safe as possible.”

The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate. Since it was amended in the Senate, it must return to the House for concurrence before it can be sent to the governor.

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