State Representative Tony McCombie (Savanna) was successful in spearheading five legislative initiatives through the Illinois House, all of which passed with bipartisan support and were recently signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.
“These bills are common sense solutions for Illinois and will help make communities across our state safer, streamline certain government processes, and celebrate those who fight for our nation,” said McCombie. “For me, this is about solving problems and making life better for residents.”
The bills signed by the Governor include:
House Bill 3203: Works to curb the fentanyl epidemic affecting communities across the state by allowing a pharmacist or retailer (rather than only a pharmacist) to sell fentanyl test strips over-the-counter to the public to test for the presence of fentanyl.
House Bill 3206: Beginning July 1, 2024, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall supplement all paper-based certificates and licenses (rather than certificates, licenses, and authorities) with a digitally verified electronic credential.
House Bill 3436: Allows the issuance of the Thank a Line Worker license plate decal by the Illinois Department of Education and creates the Thank a Line Worker Scholarship Fund through the purchase of the decals, which shall be paid as grants in support of scholarships for students studying electrical distribution at an Illinois college or university.
House Bill 1465: Increases competitive bidding threshold to $30,000 for Road Districts as had been done for townships.
Senate Bill 1072: Designates the Honor and Remember flag as the specific symbol to acknowledge American servicemen and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.