peters hb1641gSpringfield - A measure to help medical professionals get more tests into the hands of individuals who battle opioid addiction cleared the General Assembly thanks to State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago). 

“This measure will help save lives,” Peters said. “We still have a long way to go, but removing these penalties is a responsible way to address the opioid crisis and to create real public safety for all instead of continuing the misguided policies of the past.” 

House Bill 4556 is designed to expand on a 2019 law, the Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Act, which authorized government agencies and non-governmental organizations to create needle and hypodermic syringe exchange programs.  This measure would increase the number of persons and professions in the medical community who would not be penalized for possessing a limited residual amount of a controlled substance as part of the drug testing process. 

Additionally, the supplies would be required to be stored at a medical office with limited access and would be available to designated workers such as an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant.  

“We need to ensure that all communities in our state are protected and that they know what is going into their body,” Peters said, “I’m glad that the General Assembly is taking this important step to make sure that people will not be left to the wolves of the fentanyl overdose crisis.” 

The measure passed the Senate on Thursday.

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Peters Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmationSpringfieldThe historic vote to confirm the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court will bring one of the most able and qualified jurists to the nation’s highest court. State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), the Senate chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, released the following statement:


“Justice Brown Jackson is one of the most, if not the most, qualified jurist to be appointed to our nation’s highest court. She is a symbol of hope and progress for our nation and will be an advocate for equal justice under the law.”

“This is a historic appointment and I am overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that Black girls throughout Illinois and the nation will have a role model to know that they too can aspire to our nation’s high court and beyond.”

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PetersfentanyltestingSpringfield - A measure to help medical professionals get more tests into the hands of individuals who battle opioid addiction cleared an important hurdle thanks to State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago).

“This measure will help get more tests into the hands of more patients and it will save lives,” Peters said. “We still have a long way to go, but removing these penalties is a responsible way to address the opioid crisis and to create real public safety for all instead of continuing the misguided policies of the past.” 

House Bill 4556 is designed to expand on a 2019 law, “the Overdose Prevention and  Harm Reduction Act,” which authorized government agencies and non-governmental organizations to create needle and hypodermic syringe exchange programs.  This measure would increase the number of persons and professions in the medical community who would not be penalized for possessing a limited residual amount of a controlled substance as part of the drug testing process.

Additionally, the supplies would be required to be stored at a medical office with limited access and would be available to designated workers such as an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant. 

Read more: Peters measure to expand access to fentanyl testing advances

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life saving ringSpringfield- Piers and public access points to Lake Michigan will soon be safer thanks to a measure advanced by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) that will help install essential rescue equipment.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe when they head to the beach this summer,” Peters said. “I am glad that the General Assembly is taking an essential step to protect our families who visit beaches  on Lake Michigan.”

House Bill 4165 requires owners of  piers or drop-offs on Lake Michigan to install public rescue equipment .  The measure also establishes tracking and reporting requirements for local governments that own a pier or drop-off on Lake Michigan.

Nationally, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5, the second leading cause for children under 15, and the third leading cause for people under 30.  There are significant disparities between Black and white populations in drowning death rates, with African American males from ages 15 to 19 facing the highest per-capita rates of drowning. 

The measure originated from a controversy  between residents of the Rogers Park neighborhood and the Chicago Park District over a lack of life saving rings on lakefront piers.

“We have had too many tragic and, in many cases, preventable deaths on Lake Michigan,” Peters  said. “This is a long overdue safety measure that will help make all of us safer when we enjoy the lake this summer.”  

The measure passed the Senate on Tuesday.  It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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