Policy & Politics
Illinois: STD Legislation Falls Short With Senate Panel
March 13, 2008
The state Senate Public Health Committee on Tuesday failed to endorse a measure that aimed to increase the number of STD-infected persons receiving treatment. Upon seeing that his bill would not advance beyond the committee, Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) withdrew it.
Several lawmakers were unconvinced, however, including Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). She expressed worries about "a situation where we hand out prescriptions for antibiotics with no real knowledge as to where they're going, how they're going to be used," and she questioned who would be liable in the event of an adverse reaction to the drugs.
Koehler said he plans to bring the bill up again next year.
03.12.2008; Adriana Colindres
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.