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 Bill Status of HB5455  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  PRISONER RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

House Sponsors
Rep. Theresa Mah - Barbara Hernandez, Will Guzzardi, Kelly M. Cassidy, Dagmara Avelar, La Shawn K. Ford and Kambium Buckner

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/11/2022HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act
730 ILCS 5/3-7-2from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-2


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Faith Behind Bars Act. Provides that a person committed to a correctional institution or facility has a constitutional right to practice his or her faith in the correctional institution or facility absent harm and without undue burden to the State's correctional system. Provides that a committed person belonging to a faith group in a correctional institution or facility shall have access to pastoral and spiritual care absent harm and without undue burden to the State's correctional system. Provides that a correctional institution or facility shall provide reading materials for diverse faith groups, including, but not limited to, spiritual, religious texts, prayer manuals, prayer mats, and other requested material from committed persons. Provides that all correctional institutions and facilities in the State shall provide committed persons the ability to pray by facilitating time and clean location, fast by allowing a committed person to abstain from food when appropriate, and respect for dietary restrictions absent harm and without undue burden to the State's correctional system. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections by making a conforming change.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/28/2022HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Theresa Mah
  1/31/2022HouseFirst Reading
  1/31/2022HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/9/2022HouseAssigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
  2/18/2022HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  2/22/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
  2/22/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
  2/22/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Dagmara Avelar
  2/23/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  3/29/2022HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) March 31, 2022
  3/29/2022HouseAssigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
  3/31/2022HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) April 8, 2022
  4/11/2022HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  8/5/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kambium Buckner
  8/5/2022HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Hernandez

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