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Child-safe e-cigarettes December 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 572 Under the Illinois Poison Prevention Packaging Act, "electronic cigarette" or "e-cigarette" refers to battery-operated devices that contain nicotine, flavor, or chemicals, or a combination thereof, which are transformed into vapor for the purpose of inhalation.
Increased fees for plumber licensure December 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 572 The Department of Public Health has adopted amendments to the Plumbers Licensing Code in accordance with recommended changes from the Plumbing Code Advisory Council. 68 Ill. Adm. Code 750 (eff. Sept. 23, 2014).
Minors may use personal tanning equipment in private residences August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 On January 1, 2014, the Tanning Facilities Code ("Code") took effect, prohibiting anyone under eighteen years old from using tanning equipment in tanning facilities.
New guidelines for group psychotherapy services June 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 272 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Illinois may bill for group psychotherapy sessions so long as specific timing, size, scope, and documentation requirements are met. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 140 (eff. Mar. 13, 2014).
Changes to the Communicable Disease Code May 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 220 The Illinois Department of Public Health updated the Communicable Diseases Code to provide a list of reportable diseases and conditions, timeframes to report those diseases and conditions, and the reporting entities and procedures. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690 (eff. Feb. 11, 2014).
License required for distribution of medications in shortage January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act has been amended to require wholesale distributors of drugs in shortage to be specially licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
New act allows for interstate cooperation between emergency aid providers January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The recently enacted Interstate Mutual Emergency Aid Act allows local municipalities to establish mutual aid agreements with government units from other states for the purpose of addressing "emergencies that extend or exceed a jurisdiction's emergency response capabilities."
New underage tanning ban January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 After January 1, 2014, tanning facilities may no longer permit individuals less than 18 years of age to use tanning equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation or electromagnetic radiation (with wavelengths between 200-400 nanometers).
Changes to the Child Health Examination Code November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to rules that specify required immunizations for students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 665.
Changes to the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 Effective July 31, 2013, the Department of Public Health (the "Department") amended the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code by modifying its definitions section. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code. 661.
Amendments to the long-term care assistants and aides training programs Code October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 The Illinois Department of Health ("the Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing the training of Certified Nursing Assistants, Child Care/Habilitation aides, and Developmental Disabilities Aides.
Required disclosure under the Pertussis Vaccine Act October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 In addition to providing the parents or guardians of newborn children receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit with an informational pamphlet, hospitals must also now inform the parents or guardians about the importance of parents, guardians, and immediate family members being immunized against pertussis and where they can obtain the appropriate vaccine. 410 ILCS 235/4.
Home-brewing rules added to the Liquor Control Act. PA 098-0055 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Liquor Control Act of 1934 has been amended to account for the increasingly popular practice of "home-brewing."
Parental Notice of Abortion Act withstands challenge under Illinois Constitution September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 On July 11, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held (1) the privacy clause is not the basis for the right to abortion under the Illinois Constitution; (2) the due process clause in the Illinois Constitution guarantees protections equal to those guaranteed by the due process clause in the United States Constitution; and (3) the statutory requirement that minors must give notice to an adult family member or obtain a judicial waiver to receive an abortion is not unduly burdensome on that minor's right to have confidential medical information.
New written risk-reduction policy requirements for long-term care facilities July 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 Amendments to the Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities Code (the "Code"), effective March 29, 2013, mandate additional minimum written resident care policies and procedures for long-term care facilities. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code 300.610.
Amendments to pregnancy termination reporting May 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing reporting requirements for pregnancy terminations. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 505.
Shark fins banned in Illinois. PA 097-0733 May 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 As of January 1, 2013, the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade, or distribution of shark fin is prohibited in Illinois. 515 ILCS 5/5-30 new.
Amendments to sewer discharge criteria April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 The Illinois Pollution Control Board (the "Board") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing wastewater pretreatment regulations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 307.
New sex education requirement for schools. PA 097-1147 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require new sex education curricula in schools. 105 ILCS 110/3.
New law prohibits use of BPA in children’s food and beverage containers sold in Illinois. PA 097-1101 March 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The General Assembly has enacted the "Toxin-Free Toddler Act" regulating the presence of bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, in children's food and beverage containers.
Changes to the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center Code April 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 184 The Illinois Department of Public Health ("Department") recently amended the provisions of the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center Code by adding a new section concerning critical care transport services. 77 Ill Adm Code 515.
Lessors of dwelling units must disclose radon hazards to current and prospective tenants. PA 097-0021 January 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Radon Awareness Act has been amended to require lessors of dwelling units to disclose any radon hazard to lessees. 420 ILCS 46/25 new.
Patients’ immunization records to be collected, analyzed and released by the Department of Public Health. PA 097-0117. September 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 440 Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Immunization Data Registry Act, which will be implemented by the Department of Public Health.
Administrative Agencies, Regionalized Perinatal Health Care Code, Public Health May 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 The Illinois Department of Public Health recently overhauled its rules regarding the Regionalized Perinatal Health Care Code. 77 Ill Adm Code 640.
New regulations for grant program to aid community health centers October 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 508 The Illinois Capital Development Board recently set forth guidelines detailing requirements for community health centers to meet when requesting grant funding allocated under the Community Health Center Construction Act (30 ILCS 766/10.1 et seq).
Illinois implements heightened safety standards for pools and spas May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois Department of Public Health recently adopted heightened safety standards on pools and spas.
The POA Act amendment that wasn’t By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.
Colorectal cancer screening and treatment pilot program approved. PA 096-0325 February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Colorectal cancer results in the death of nearly three thousand Illinoisans each year. It is the third most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the state of Illinois. 
Illinois adopts adverse health care event reporting rules January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Department of Public Health (the department) recently created new rules implementing the Illinois Adverse Health Care Events Reporting Law of 2005.  
Public smoking restrictions amended. PA 095-1029 May 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The Illinois general Assembly amended several sections of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. 410 ILCS 82/10 et seq. Section 15 of the Act was amended to provide that an owner of a place of employment, public place, or government vehicle, as those terms are defined by the Act, "shall reasonably assure that smoking" is prohibited unless specifically allowed under section 35 of the Act.