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Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, and Sen. Melinda Bush, right, D-Grayslake, celebrate passage by Senate of the Reproductive Health Act on Friday in Springfield. 

Smoking in a car with children would be outlawed. Local law enforcement would be prohibited from teaming up with federal immigration authorities. And individuals would not have to identify as male or female on their driver's license.

Those were just three of the 300 bills that sailed under the radar as lawmakers passed a flurry of legislation in the frantic waning days of the Illinois General Assembly's spring legislative session that wrapped up Sunday.

After weeks of concern about the slow pace of progress on the marquee items on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's ambitious agenda -- legal weed, sports betting and capital construction projects, to name a few -- the rookie Democrat scored last-minute across-the-board wins.

In the last week of May and first two days of June, lawmakers approved a $40 billion operating budget, a $45 billion public works construction program and the tax and fee hikes to pay for it, a major expansion of gambling that includes a Chicago casino and legalized sports betting, a proposed amendment to eliminate the Illinois Constitution's flat income tax mandate and the rates that would go into effect if voters approve the change in November 2020, and a controversial abortion rights bill.

While those issues grabbed much of the attention, here are some highlights of other legislation that will be awaiting action from Pritzker.

-- A package of measures intended to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the private sector and at the Capitol received unanimous final approval Sunday in the Senate. Among many other provisions, the legislation would prohibit employers from requiring workers to sign nondisclosure and arbitration agreements related to harassment or discrimination. It also would extend protections against sexual harassment and discrimination to contract workers, require all employers provide annual anti-sexual harassment training, and mandate that hotels and casinos equip certain employees with panic buttons.

State officials, employees and registered lobbyists also would be required to receive annual training. The bill also gives state inspectors general additional time to investigate and file complaints.

The legislation is part of lawmakers' ongoing response to the #MeToo movement, including allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation within Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and government organizations.

-- Recreational pot got all the headlines, but Illinois' medical marijuana program would become permanent through a bill that received final approval Sunday in the Senate. Established as a pilot program in 2013, medical cannabis was set to expire July 1, 2020. In addition to making the program permanent, the bill adds new conditions such as autism, chronic pain and migraines to the list of those that qualify patients for access.

-- A measure enhancing penalties for violating Scott's Law, which requires drivers to slow down and, if possible, move over for vehicles stopped on the side of the road, was given final approval Thursday in the Senate.

For incidents involving emergency vehicles, the bill would increase the minimum fine for a violation that doesn't cause injury or death to $500 from $100 and make a violation that results in damage to a vehicle a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. A violation resulting in injury or death would be a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison.

The legislation was a response to the deaths of Illinois State Police Troopers Christopher Lambert and Brooke Jones-Story in roadside collisions this year. -- Hotels and motels would be required to train employees on how to recognize instances of human trafficking and workers would be required to report it under a measure that received final approval Wednesday in the Senate. The bill also would require additional training for law enforcement officers and includes stronger penalties for businesses that "knowingly benefit" from ventures involving involuntary servitude. -- Local law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from entering into agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce federal immigration law under legislation that received final approval Thursday in the Senate. No such agreements currently exist in Illinois, but the bill's sponsors voiced concerns in light of President Donald Trump's hard-line stance on immigration.

-- The minimum salary for public school teachers would increase to $40,000 by the 2023-2024 school year under legislation given final approval Saturday in the House. The minimum salary would kick in at $32,076 in the 2020-2021 school year and after reaching $40,000 would continue to increase annually based on the rate of inflation. The bill also creates a panel to determine how state funding can be used to help school districts meet the minimum salary requirements. It was one of several measures approved this spring that aim to address the state's ongoing teacher shortage.

-- Smoking would be prohibited in any vehicle carrying someone younger than 18 under a bill that received final approval Saturday in the House. The restriction would apply regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or stopped or whether the windows are down. Police wouldn't be allowed to stop drivers solely for this violation, but it would carry a fine of up to $100 for the first offense.

-- Illinois residents would be able to identify as nonbinary, rather than male or female, on driver's licenses or state identification cards under a bill given final approval Wednesday in the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join a handful of states and Washington, D.C., in offering a gender-neutral option for official identification.

-- Victims of "revenge porn" would be able to sue people who share or threaten to share their private sexual images without consent under a bill that received final approval Friday in the Senate. The measure also would give victims more privacy protections in court filings. It was inspired by the case of former Republican state Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington, who has been charged with allegedly sending explicit images of an ex-girlfriend to other men online.

-- Potential employers would be prohibited from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary histories or seeking the information from an applicant's current or former employer under a measure that received final approval Wednesday in the House. Supporters said the bill is designed to address the wage gap between men and women. Lawmakers passed two earlier versions during the previous administration, but then-Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed both.

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