Sen. Martinez PhotoSPRINGFIELD — Last Friday, two legislative proposals that were sponsored in the Illinois Senate by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) were signed into law.

Both initiatives updated language in outdated laws.

Senate Bill 1319 updates the state’s school code.

“I was pleased to work with the Illinois State Board of Education to make sure the school code is appropriately revised,” Martinez said.

Language regarding the divisions of the Illinois State Board of Education will now be updated to adequately reflect the organization’s operating structure.

Additionally, the term “children of limited English-speaking ability” was deleted and replaced with “English learners,” the culturally acceptable terminology.

The second piece of legislation, Senate Bill 749, modernizes licensing requirements for geologists.

“With the act that regulates geologists set to expire next year, it was important that the legislature take action to make sure that we had an updated law in place for this profession,” Martinez said.

Under the new law, interns with certain qualifications will be able to take the geologist licensing exam without first applying for licensure.

Language governing the geologist profession will now be aligned with other professions regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Senate Bill 749 extends the Professional Geologist Licensing Act to January 1, 2026.

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