Senator Steans

March 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

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I have included a list of noteworthy pieces of legislation that have been posted to committee this week below along with the committee schedule. This list includes legislation introduced by both democrats and republicans. I support some of the pieces of legislation below and do not support other pieces. I have included both so that you can stay informed and decide which pieces you’d like to support or oppose.

 

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Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Legislation to watch in committee this week

 

• Tuition reimbursement – SB 1897 establishes a tuition reimbursement grant for full-time in-state undergraduate students attending a state university. (McGuire)

• Drug testing for SNAP benefits – SB 79 requires drug testing for to receive SNAP benefits and state medical assistance. (McCarter)

• Disabled services – SB 84 provides home-based and long-term community-based services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid assistance. (Steans)

• Officer-involved shootings – SB 58 requires police officers involved in shootings to submit to drug and alcohol testing within one hour to ensure they were not impaired while discharging a firearm. (Hunter)

• Attorneys at bail hearings – SB 1690 allows attorneys to be present at bail hearings and requires the court to appoint an attorney if a person cannot afford it. (Raoul)

• Sexual orientation as a criminal defense – SB 1761 bars sexual orientation or gender identity from being considered mitigating factors or serious provocation in murder cases. (Biss)

• Emissions testing – SB 836 requires emissions test stations within 5 miles of residents subject to testing instead rather than 12 miles required under current state law. (Mulroe)

• Dark money in politics – SB 2089 requires politically active non-profit organizations like the NRA and unions to register as political committees and report their donors. (Harmon)

• U.S.-Mexican wall contractors – SB 2091 prohibits state agencies from contracting with businesses that contract with the federal government to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. (Sandoval)

• Paid sick time – SB 1296 requires employers to provide paid sick time to full- and part-time employees. (Hutchinson)

• Minimum wage – SB 1738 increases the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. (Lightford)

• Equal pay – SB 981 strengthens the Illinois Equal Pay Act and prohibits employers from asking job applicants what their previous salary was in an effort to reduce the gender wage gap. (Biss)

• Right to work – SB 1905 prohibits local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances. (Silverstein)

• Clean coal – SB 1840 establishes a clean coal technology grant program. (Manar)

• Protecting bees – SB 673 bans the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on public lands and residential settings. (Harmon)

• Plastic bag ban – SB 1597 bars the use of non-compostable plastic bags in Illinois. (Link)

 

Committee schedule, Tuesday, March 7

(All committees are in the Capitol unless otherwise stated)

• Senate Education Committee subject matter hearing on Federal Every Student Succeeds Act 10:30 a.m., Room 212

• Senate Education Committee subject matter hearing on testimony from ISBE on the governor's FY18 proposed budget
1 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Public Health Committee subject matter hearing on testimony from the Department of Public Health on the governor's FY18 proposed budget
1 p.m., Room 400

• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
1 p.m., Room 409

• Senate Higher Education Committee
2:30 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Judiciary Committee
2:30 p.m., Room 400

• Senate Human Services Committee subject matter haring on testimony from the Department of Human services, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Department on Aging on the governor's FY18 proposed budget
2:30 p.m., Room 409

• Senate Transportation Committee
4:30 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Criminal Law Committee
4:30 p.m., Room 400

 

Committee Schedule, Wednesday, March 8

 

• Senate Appropriations I Committee subject matter hearing on the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Public Health on fiscal year 2017 liabilities
8:30 a.m., Room 400

• Senate Gaming Committee
9 a.m., Room 212

• Senate Local Government Committee subject matter hearing on testimony from mayors on the effects of the budget impasse for municipal governments
9 a.m., Room 409

• Senate Executive Committee
1 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Licensed Activities Committee
1 p.m., Room 400

• Senate State Government Committee
1 p.m., Room 409

• Senate Labor Committee subject matter hearing on testimony from the Department of Labor on the governor's FY18 proposed budget
3 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Government Reform Committee
3 p.m., Room 400

• Senate Revenue Committee
4:15 p.m., Room 212

• Senate Insurance Committee
4:15 p.m., Room 400

• Joint Senate Appropriations I, Appropriations II and Revenue Committee Hearing Subject Matter On: COGFA's 2018 Economic Forecast and Revenue Estimate and FY 2017 Revenue Outlook Update
5:15 p.m., Room 212

 

Committee Schedule, Thursday, March 9

 

• Senate Agriculture Committee
8:30 a.m., Room 409

• Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee
9 a.m., Room 400

• Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee
10:45 a.m., Room 212

• Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee
10:45 a.m., Room 400

• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee
10:45 a.m., Room 409

• Senate Criminal Law Committee subject matter hearing on testimony from the Department of Corrections and the Department of State Police on the governor's FY18 proposed budget
12 p.m., Room 400

 

 

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