State Representative Mark Luft (R-Pekin) passed his first legislation as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Luft’s legislation aims to streamline government and remove an outdated law from the books.
House Bill 1926 repeals the City and Village Tuberculosis Sanitariums Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. This obsolete state mandate requires municipalities to operate tuberculosis sanitariums and contagious disease hospitals.
“With a background in local government, I’m glad I can bring a mayor’s perspective to the House of Representatives and help get redundant, obsolete laws off the books,” said Luft, who was sworn in for his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives in January. “This has been a burden on the counties, health departments, and municipalities who have to levy tax and budget for this process. This is just a matter of clean-up. We’re here to add things on to the books to make things better, and we’re also here to remove things off the books to make things better.”
While tuberculosis sanitariums were once common with facilities existing throughout Illinois in communities including Waukegan, North Park Village, Edwardsville, and Peoria, the last closed in the 1970s. Despite the decline in the need for these facilities, this dated law remained on the books, causing unnecessary hurdles for local governments.
Concluding his remarks on the bill, Luft noted what a proud moment this was, following in his father’s footsteps by serving in the General Assembly.
“I’m very proud as a freshman to be here. Just one note, and I promised that I would do this the first time I got to speak on this floor, and it’ll be the last time I say this, but the thing I’m most proud of, standing here today, is to be standing on the same floor that my father did at one time,” said Luft “It makes me very proud, while he is still with us, for him to be able to see me stand on the same floor.”
House Bill 1926 passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Senate for consideration in that chamber.