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Full Text of HB4707  100th General Assembly


Sen. Melinda Bush

Filed: 5/18/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4707 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Prescription Drug Task Force Act.
6    Section 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that:
7    (1) Prescription opioid abuse is endemic in this State.
8    (2) Some medical studies have shown that the use of opioid
9versus non-opioid medication therapy did not result in
10significantly better pain-related function over the trial
12    (3) While opioid abuse is an endemic public health problem,
13there are patients in pain who may need opioids for legitimate
14medical reasons.
15    (4) It has the right to regulate the licensing of health
16care professionals and has enacted various licensing Acts for



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1that purpose authorizing the Department of Financial and
2Professional Regulation to license and discipline these health
3care professionals.
4    (5) A legislative Task Force is necessary to study
5prescription opioid abuse, and to make recommendations of
6future legislation to address this issue.
7    Section 10. Prescription Drug Task Force.
8    (a) The Prescription Drug Task Force is created. The Task
9Force shall be composed of 25 members appointed as follows:
10        (1) one member of the House of Representatives
11    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
12        (2) one member of the House of Representatives
13    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
14    Representatives;
15        (3) one member of the Senate appointed by the President
16    of the Senate;
17        (4) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
18    Leader of the Senate;
19        (5) the Secretary of Human Services or his or her
20    designee;
21        (6) one member from each of the following organizations
22    appointed by the Secretary of Human Services from nominees
23    made by the respective organization:
24            (A) a statewide organization representing advanced
25        practice registered nurses;



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1            (B) a statewide organization representing
2        hospitals;
3            (C) a statewide organization representing retail
4        merchants;
5            (D) a statewide organization representing
6        dentists;
7            (E) a statewide organization representing
8        physician assistants;
9            (F) a statewide organization representing
10        health-system pharmacists;
11            (G) a statewide organization representing
12        optometrists;
13            (H) a statewide organization representing
14        pharmacists;
15            (I) a statewide organization representing
16        pharmaceutical manufacturers;
17        (7) 2 members who are parents whose children have died
18    from drug overdoses, appointed by the Secretary of Human
19    Services;
20        (8) 2 members who are selected from county sheriffs,
21    municipal police chiefs, and State's Attorneys, appointed
22    by the Attorney General;
23        (9) one member who is a peace officer specializing in
24    the enforcement of laws prohibiting the illegal
25    manufacture, delivery, and possession of controlled
26    substances and methamphetamine, appointed by the Director



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1    of State Police;
2        (10) 2 members who are representatives of providers of
3    addiction treatment services, appointed by the Secretary
4    of Human Services;
5        (11) 2 members who are public defenders, appointed by
6    the Attorney General; and
7        (12) 2 members who are physicians licensed to practice
8    medicine in all its branches, including one physician
9    specializing in pain management and one physician
10    specializing in emergency medicine, nominated by a
11    statewide organization representing physicians licensed to
12    practice medicine in all its branches, appointed by the
13    Secretary of Human Services.
14    (b) The Task Force shall choose its chairperson from among
15its members and any other officers it deems appropriate.
16    (c) The Task Force shall initially meet within 30 days
17after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Task
18Force shall receive no compensation for their services as
19members of the Task Force but may be reimbursed for expenses
20from appropriations made by law.
21    (d) The Task Force may seek the assistance of the
22Departments of Financial and Professional Regulation and
23Public Health in performing its duties.
24    (e) The Task Force shall:
25        (1) study prescription opioid abuse in this State;
26        (2) study the over-prescription of opioids such as



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1    Hydrocodone and Oxycodone; and
2        (3) recommend any legislation, including amendments to
3    the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, that would have the
4    effect of reducing opioid addiction and abuse.
5    (f) The Task Force shall focus its efforts in a manner that
6best utilizes the unique skills and perspectives of the experts
7on the Task Force.
8    (g) The Task Force shall submit a report of its
9recommendations to the General Assembly on or before December
1031, 2019. The report to the General Assembly shall be filed
11with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the
12Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner
13that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct.
14    (h) The Department of Human Services shall provide
15administrative and other support to the Task Force.
16    (i) This Act is repealed on January 1, 2021.
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.".