Bill Status of HB4452 96th General Assembly
Short Description: DRUG ABUSE-ELECTION-PUBLIC AID
Rep. Bill Mitchell
| 1/11/2011||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Election Code and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires substance abuse testing as a condition for filing nomination papers for the office of State Representative or State Senator. Requires the Department of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement random substance abuse testing programs for applicants for assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and for medical assistance, respectively. Under the Illinois Public Aid Code, provides that an individual who tests positive must agree to and complete a substance abuse treatment plan within 60 days after being notified of the positive retest by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Provides that if an individual fails to complete a substance abuse treatment plan or tests positive for substance abuse following completion of a substance abuse treatment plan, the individual is barred from eligibility for assistance for a period of one year following the date of the individual's application for assistance. Provides that an individual's ineligibility for assistance does not affect the eligibility of any other member of the individual's family who is included in the application for assistance. Provides that nursing home residents are exempt from the substance abuse testing requirement. Effective January 1, 2010.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Permits a candidate for the Office of State Representative or State Senator to voluntarily file the results of a substance abuse test conducted on a sample obtained from the candidate within 60 days before his or her nomination papers are filed. Provides that such voluntary submission of drug testing results shall be subscribed and sworn to by the candidate or nominee before an officer authorized to take acknowledgement of deeds in this State as to whether or not the results are accurate to the best knowledge of the candidate. Further provides that the substance abuse test results submitted shall be attached to the nominating petitions submitted by or on behalf of the candidate and shall also be posted on the State Board of Election's website in a manner in which the general public may access the drug testing results. Exempts public aid applicants who are residents of a facility licensed or permitted under the Nursing Home Care Act, the Life Care Facility Act, the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the MR/DD Community Care Act, or a facility designated as a supportive living facility under the Illinois Public Aid Code (instead of only residents of facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act) from the substance abuse testing requirements. Changes the effective date from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011. Effective January 1, 2011.