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ICASA engages in public policy when legislation would impact the lives of sexual assault survivors or services that rape crisis centers provide. Below is proposed legislation that ICASA is supporting or opposing during the 2019 legislative session:

2019 Legislative Bill Tracker

House Bills ICASA Supports

  • HB 2135: A prosecution for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse may be commenced at any time.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Wheeler (R), Rep. Wehrli (R), Rep. Kalish (D), Rep. Batinick (R), Rep. Stava-Murray (D), Rep. Sosnowski (R), Rep. Keicher (R) Rep. Parkhurst (R), Rep. Frese (R), Rep. Mayfield (D), Rep. Demmer (R), Rep. Reick (R), Rep. Bourne (R), Rep. McAuliffe (R), Rep. Welter (R), Rep. Edly-Allen (D), Rep. Pappas (D)
  • HB 92, ham002: Protects survivors with warrants for non-violent offenses from arrest when they report sexual assault or seek emergency medical treatment or medical forensic services. Hb 92 Fact Sheet 4 3 19
    • Sponsors: Rep. Kalish (D)
  • HB 3550: Provides that course materials and instruction for sex education in grades 6-12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on the meaning of consent.
    • Sponsor & Chief Co-Sponsors: Rep. Williams (D), Rep. Costa Howard (D), Rep. Conyears-Ervin (D), Rep. Villa (D), Rep. Jones (D)
  • HB 3191: Allows court to order that a pro se defendant must question victim through a court-appointed attorney in cases of criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse when victim's testimony will describe an act or attempted act of sexual conduct, and court finds direct questioning will cause victim to suffer serious emotional or mental distress.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Connor (D). Rep. Costa Howard (D) Rep. Manley (D), Rep. Kalish (D), Rep. Cabello (R)
  • HB 2412: Establishes sexual assault by deception, a Class 3 felony, if a person commits an act of sexual penetration and the victim submits under the belief that the person is someone known to the victim other than the accused, and such belief is induced by deception by the accused.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Stuart (D), Rep. Kifowit (D), Rep. Halpin (D), Rep. Kalish (D), Rep. Pappas (D), Rep. Bristow (D), Rep. Moeller (D), Rep. Andrade (D), Rep. Chapa LaVia (D), Rep. Mah (D), Rep. Stava-Murray (D), Rep. Mason (D)
  • HB 2997: Grooming includes in-person (not just online) seduction, solicitation, luring, or enticing of a child or a child's guardian to commit any sex offense as defined in the Sex Offender Registration Act, to distribute photographs depicting the sex organs of the child, or to otherwise engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a child or a person believed to be a child.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Davidsmeyer (R), Rep. Sosnowski (R)
  • HB 2142: Increases counseling or psychotherapy provided to an adult under guardianship, before consent of the guardian must be obtained, to 12 (rather than 5) sessions, lasting 60 (rather than 45) minutes.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Davis (D), Rep. Carroll (D)
  • HB 3299: Provides access to sex education for persons admitted to a developmental disability facility, including related resources and treatment planning that supports their right to sexual health and healthy sexual practices and to be free from sexual exploitation and abuse.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Davis (D), Rep. Kalish (D), Rep. Cassidy (D), Rep. Gabel (D)
  • HB 3584, ham001: Clarifies that victim statements submitted to the Prisoner Review Board are confidential and privileged.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Slaughter (D)
  • HB 1447: Addresses forensic testing backlog. Provides that forensic testing that would result in the complete consumption of an evidentiary sample shall be permitted if the testing utilizes methods that have gained general acceptance and testing was not conducted in bad faith.
    • Sponsors: Rep. Gordon-Booth (D)

Senate Bills ICASA Supports

  • SB 1588: Establishes a Sexual Harassment No Contact Order.
    • Sponsors: Sen. Melinda Bush (D), Sen. Iris Martinez (D), Sen. Omar Aquino (D), Sen. Cristina Castro (D), Sen. Heather Steans (D), Sen. Mattie Hunter (D), Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D), Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D)
  • SB 31: Includes members of the immediate personal staffs of elected public officials as “employees” under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
    • Sponsors: Sen. Melinda Bush (D), Sen. Linda Holmes (D), Sen. Mattie Hunter (D), Sen. Laura Fine (D), Sen. Julie Morrison (D)
  • HB 252: Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to provide that “employer” includes any person employing one (instead of 15) or more employees within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks with in the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation.
    • House Sponsor: Rep. Guzzardi; Senate Sponsor: Sen. Castro

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