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State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) was named today to serve as an Assistant Republican Leader for the 101st General Assembly. Rep. McAuliffe was appointed to this position in Illinois House Republican Caucus by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Committee assignments for the upcoming 101st General Assembly are expected in the coming weeks.

As the only remaining Chicago area Republican, Rep. McAuliffe represents Illinois’ 20th House District which includes all or portions of Chicago, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Norridge, Harwood Heights, Schiller Park, Niles and Franklin Park. During his years of service representing the district Rep. McAuliffe has worked on legislation aimed at helping senior citizens, public safety officers and veterans and has worked to raise awareness of certain public health initiatives. 

On January 9th, 2019 State Rep. Michael McAuliffe took the oath of office to represent the 20th District in the 101st General Assembly

When the new year begins on January 1, 2019 a number of new laws that were passed in the General Assembly this past year will take effect. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as legislation that will have a significant impact statewide. Below are just a few of the new laws that will be on the books:

Cancer patient fertility preservation 
(Public Act 100-1102, House Bill 2617)
This Act requires Illinois insurance providers to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients or any other patient who undergoes a necessary medical treatment that directly or indirectly causes iatrogenic infertility.

Emergency Opioid and Addiction Treatment Access Act 
(Public Act 100-1023, Senate Bill 682)
This new act will serve as a key component to address Illinois’ opioid crisis by providing people in need immediate access to outpatient treatment. Currently, individuals experiencing an opioid overdose or reaction must wait for their treatment to be approved by their insurance plan before entering a facility. The legislation removes prior authorization barriers so people do not have to wait for treatment. In the event the insurance company denies treatment, the law requires the insurance plan to cover outpatient treatment for 72 hours while the patient challenges the denial.

Increased inmate access to visitors
(Public Act 100-677, House Bill 4741)
Under this new law, each committed person will be entitled to seven visits per month. Every committed person may submit to the DOC a list of at least 30 persons who are authorized to visit.

Firearm Restraining Order Act
(Public Act 100-607, House Bill 2354)
The Firearm Restraining Order Act allows for family member or law enforcement to petition the court for an order prohibiting possession of firearms by an individual if they poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or other by possessing a firearm. The order may be issued on an emergency ex parte basis or for 6-months. The Court is required to make specific findings before issuing the order.

253 bills in total will take effect. You can read the rest of the bills here
Springfield, IL… Two pieces of legislation from State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) that will help to ensure the health and safety of Illinois families were signed in to law on Friday.
Over the past decade Illinois law has added new diseases, like Krabbe’s disease, to the newborn screening panel, a state-mandated public health program designed to catch certain genetic, metabolic, and congenital disorders in newborn babies. House Bill 4745 is a response to the State’s slow moving efforts to begin implementing the new testing. Last year, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) testified before the House Health Care Availability and Access Committee that the nearly two year procurement process for new equipment is partly to blame for the delays. HB 4745 amends Illinois’ procurement law so that it no longer applies to contracts for services, information technology purchases, commodities, and equipment to support the delivery of timely newborn screening services provided by the IDPH. 

“Early detection can greatly improve health outcomes, especially in these cases,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “No child should die because bureaucratic red tape prevented their parents from having all the information they need when they are born.”

Just as early detection is critical with newborn illnesses, the same is true for cancer. Unfortunately, a mammogram does not always yield accurate breast cancer results in women with dense breast tissue. Rep. McAuliffe previously passed legislation to provide that insurance must cover an advanced screenings, such as an ultrasound, for women who have dense breast tissue. House Bill 4392 will serve as an educational enhancement to that mandate. It requires mammography providers to notify women who have dense breast tissue and inform them of the implications so that they can go to a doctor and discuss what supplemental tests and breast imaging tools that may be necessary for a proper diagnosis.

“Statistics say that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which is why this bill to ensure women are properly and accurately tested is so important,” said Rep. McAuliffe. “Thank you to the women, particularly the breast cancer survivors, who came down to Springfield to testify on this bill and helped to push it in to law.”

HB 4745 and HB 4392 both passed out of the House and Senate unanimously. Both measures were sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed a bill to create a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game from which proceeds will fund police memorials, support for the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and protective vest replacements for officers.

Rep. McAuliffe joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin in pushing forward House Bill 5513, which creates the police memorial instant ticket and requires that net proceeds go to the Criminal Justice Information Projects Fund. The funds are then to be divided equally among the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Fund, the Police Memorial Committee Fund, and the Illinois State Police Memorial Fund. The three designated police memorial funds provide support to families of officers who have been killed or severely injured in the line of duty.

"The money voluntarily generated by these games will help to ensure that proper care is given to the fitting tributes all over the state to those who gave their lives for our continued safety," Rep. McAuliffe said.

The funds raised through this new scratch-off ticket will be used to build and maintain police memorials and parks, hold annual memorial commemorations, give scholarships to children of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, provide financial assistance to police officers and their families when a police officer is killed or injured in the line of duty, and provide financial assistance to officers to purchase or replace protective gear.

The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
From the Governor's Office:

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed legislation that expands the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy and cuts the red tape on future construction projects, allowing the administration to move quickly to build a new state-of-the-art facility at the campus.

"We're building a brand new facility and making sure our veterans have a safe place to call home," Rauner said. "Building this new facility should not be caught up in the bureaucratic process. Our veterans deserve the best. They have fought to secure our freedom and we're fighting to make sure they have the care they need for generations to come."

Rauner signed Senate Bill 3128, allowing the state to use the design-build delivery method to renovate, rehabilitate and rebuild the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy. This method will eliminate redundant steps in the traditional state construction process, shave months off the overall project time and save taxpayer dollars.

"More than 360 veterans call the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy home and we're excited about moving forward with this project," said Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Director Stephen Curda. "This home is a staple in the community and we hope that never changes. We are all proud of this home and just last week, we gave Quincy residents an opportunity to learn more about the new home development process and provide ideas on what it could look like."

Rauner also signed House Bill 5683, which makes the recently purchased Sycamore nursing facility an official part of the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy. Renovations are already underway on the Sycamore unit and are expected to be complete by the end of the year. Securing this unit will ensure continuity of care and temporary housing for veterans while construction on the new facility at the existing campus is ongoing. 

"We continue to move quickly on a number of initiatives to serve our veterans," said Mike Hoffman, senior adviser to the governor. "This includes the renovation of the Sycamore building, ongoing water management projects, and development of a new master plan for the Quincy campus."

State legislators applauded today's actions.

"Securing the design-build contract is one of the final steps to kick-start the Quincy Veterans' Home $52 million capital development plan," said Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy. "Over the next five years, the campus will undergo a major rehabilitation to update the care facilities and residence to ensure it is up to code and safe for all of our veteran residents and their families. I'm glad to see the governor taking such swift action to begin construction on one of Quincy's most important landmarks."

"The heroes who live at the Quincy Veterans' Home deserve the very best care that can be provided, and today we took a major step in ensuring that will happen," said Rep. Randy Frese, R-Quincy. "Our veterans and the entire Quincy community are thankful and are looking forward to a remodeled and revitalized Quincy Veterans' Home."

"The acquisition of the (Sycamore) transitional facility is an important step toward making sure our veterans receive the best care possible," said Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo. "I commend not only Gov. Rauner, but the bipartisan working group that identified this as a solution to keeping our veterans in Quincy at a site they call home."

"This is part of a multi-pronged effort to provide top notch facilities for our state's veterans in Quincy," said Rep. Mike McAuliffe, R-Chicago. "It will guarantee that the veterans that are moved to Sycamore during ongoing renovations to Quincy are still seeing the same familiar, caring faces."