(The Center Square) – Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed four bills that range from requiring restaurants to include milk in children’s meals with calorie limits, to half-time flag protocols.
Lawmakers passed several bills in October during what is traditionally the fall veto session. On Friday, Pritzker’s office announced that four of the bills are now law. There were about ten tickets left on his desk. At least one could face a veto.
Among the bills that Pritzker signed on Friday are Bill 3490, which says that if a restaurant includes milk as a default drink in a child’s meal, the drink should be cow’s milk and not contain more than 130 calories per container or per serving. The law comes into force immediately.
Another invoice, Bill 3372, aligns state procedures and opportunities with federal law and practice relating to when the American flag is hoisted mid-length, effective June 1, 2022.
He also signed Bill 106 House his office said “creates emergency authority for secretary of state to extend expiration dates for driver’s licenses, permits and identity cards” and “make changes to residential sound insulation program “.
He also signed Senate Bill 1040, which impacts payments to hospitals that reopen previously closed facilities within certain parameters.
Among the measures remaining on the governor’s office is Senate Bill 2778, which would give school staff the option of taking days off as administrative days, rather than sick days, if it is COVID.
School administrators actively opposite the measure.
Peg Agnos, legislative director of the South Cooperative Organization for Public Education, told a committee the measure would exacerbate staff shortages.
“We are concerned that one of the unintended consequences is more closures and a return to distance learning,” Agnos said at a committee hearing in October.
It was said during the debate that the Pritzker administration opposed the bill. If he does not veto it before the end of January, the measure would become law.
Lawmakers return on January 4.