Senator Steans

May 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

As we quickly approach the end of the legislative session, fewer and fewer bills will be heard in committee. At this point in the legislative process, legislation is being amended and bills will increasingly be read a third and final time before being voted on. The Senate has started to hear testimony on bills that have passed the House and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.

 

Please note that if a bill is reassigned to a new committee and is scheduled for a hearing, previous witness slips will not be announced. Each witness slip is tied to that specific committee hearing. If a bill will be heard again, please submit a new witness slip for the new corresponding committee. For directions on how to submit a witness slip, click here.

 

In addition to a list of noteworthy legislation below, I wanted to invite you to participate in an online forum to collect questions about the budget for senators to pose to the governor’s top budget appointees this week.

 

Like many of you, I am frustrated with the ongoing budget impasse. While I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Senate to find a bipartisan approach to balancing the budget, we’ve also been asking the governor’s agency heads what budget cuts they could offer and to identify waste, fraud and abuse in our government. So far, they’ve been unable to do so.

 

Now it’s your turn to ask the questions.

 

Recent budget hearings revealed millions of dollars in Rauner administration executive bonuses, secretive lease deals and fast-tracked patronage hiring. We know Illinoisans have a lot of questions for Governor Rauner and his administration, and as your state senator, I want to help you get your questions answered.

 

Do you have a question about the Rauner administration’s budget priorities? Submit your question anonymously here and committee members might ask it in an upcoming Senate budget hearing.

 

Together, we can make our government more transparent and get to the bottom of inefficiencies and mismanagement. Again, click here to submit your question.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns. Lastly, if someone forwarded this message to you and you’d like to sign up for this list, click here.

 

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

 

Noteworthy legislation in committee this week

 

Criminal Law and Public Safety

• Use of suppressors – SB 50 allows the use of suppressors while hunting. (Haine)

• Juvenile records – SB 2021 creates a procedure for nonviolent crimes to be expunged from juvenile records. (Hastings)

• Release after a DUI – SB 2185 states that anyone under 21 arrested for a DUI can only be released into the custody of a responsible adult. (Manar)

• Sentencing – HB 1804 allows someone charged with a criminal offense to file a petition for resentencing if the penalty for that offense has since been reduced or changed. (Hutchinson)

• Protection orders – HB 3718 consolidates provisions regarding obtaining and issuing orders of protection and no contact orders. This bill creates a criminal offense for the violation of no contact orders and allows the State’s Attorney to petition for protective orders on behalf of the victim. (Bush)

• Gay panic defense – SB 1761 states that sexual orientation cannot be considered a mitigating factor and does not constitute serious provocation in murder cases. (Biss)

 

Education issues

• Lottery Funds – HB 213 states that State Lottery Funds that are transferred to the Common School Fund won’t supplement or replace any other money due to be transferred to the Common School Fund. (Lightford)

• School salaries – HB 425 changes the salaries of chief administrative officers and their appointed assistants at suburban Cook County intermediate service centers to be uniform with those of the Regional Offices of Education. (Lightford)

• Social workers in schools – HB 826 allows school districts to employ enough social workers to reach a 250 to 1 ratio. (Koehler)

• Test scores – HB 2378 removes the requirement that test scores be entered on student transcripts. This would allow local school districts to determine whether to enter SAT or ACT scores on student transcripts automatically, at the request of parents or not at all. (Jones)

• Due process – HB 2618 sets guidelines for parents or guardians to request a due process hearing from a school district regarding special education services when mediation is not used to resolve a disagreement. (Harmon)

• Guaranteed funding for the U of I – SB 222 requires the University of Illinois to meet certain benchmarks in attendance, retention and performance in return for guaranteed funding for the next five years. (Cunningham)

• Removal of board officers – SB 1945 establishes a process for removing and replacing elected university and community college boards. (Tracy)

• Criminal history during admission – HB 3142 states that public colleges and universities may not consider an applicant’s criminal history during the admission process except as required by federal or state law regarding medical school applicants. After admission, a college may reveal criminal history for purposes of offering counseling. (McGuire)

 

Elections

• Automatic voter registration – SB 1933 establishes automatic voter registration in Illinois by July 1, 2018. (Manar)

 

Family Issues

• Homeless minors – HB 3212 allows homeless minors between the ages of 16 and 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated by a court of law. (Trotter)

 

Human Service and Public Health Issues

• Social Service Contracts – HB 3110 creates the Social Services Contract Notice Act, which allows a State agency or authorized social service provider to terminate, suspend, or reduce the contract for any reason upon 30 days prior written notice to the other party. (Steans)

• Food stamps for college students – HB 3211 requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to identify college students who are potentially eligible to receive food stamp benefits and work to increase available information to students who may be eligible. (Morrison)

• Child Care Assistance Program – HB 3213 expands eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program to include families taking part in education and training programs. (Hutchinson)

• Prescription costs – SB 73 requires insurers to provide notice of a drug cost increase to pharmacies 30 days before it takes effect. (Silverstein)

 

Insurance Issues

• Car insurance – SB 1706 prohibits automobile insurers in Illinois from using a consumer’s credit score to determine auto insurance premiums. (Collins)

 

Labor Issues

• Family leave – SB 1721 allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of family leave following the birth or adoption of a child, placement of a foster child, or to care for a seriously ill family member. (Biss)

• Small business grant – HB 736 creates a small business grant program that will provide money to low-income individuals on public aid who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. (Hunter)

 

Committee schedule, Tuesday, May 2

 

All committees are in the Capitol unless otherwise stated

• Senate Appropriations I Committee subject matter hearing on the FY18 budget request for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Budget Request
9 a.m., Room 212

• Senate Education Committee
2:30 p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
2:30 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Public Health Committee
2:45 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Higher Education Committee
3:45 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Human Services Committee
3:45 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Judiciary Committee
3:45 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Transportation Committee
5:15 p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Criminal Law Committee
5:15 p.m., Room 400
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule, Wednesday, May 3

 

• Senate Appropriations I Committee subject matter hearing on the FY18 budget request for IDFPR, DCFS, TRS and IDOC
8:30 a.m., Room 400

• Senate Local Government Committee
9 a.m., Room 409
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Labor Committee
11 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Government Reform Committee
11 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Executive Committee
2 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate State Government Committee
2 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
2 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care
3:30 pm., Room 400
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• Senate Revenue Committee
4:30 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Insurance Committee
4:30 p.m., Room 400
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Committee schedule, Thursday, May 4

 

• Senate Agriculture Committee
8:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Appropriations II Committee subject matter hearing on the FY18 budget requests for the IEPA, IPA, and ICC
9 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee
9 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Telecommunications and Info Technology Subcommittee on Cyber Security
10:30 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee
11 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee
11 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Telecommunications and Info Technology Committee
11 a.m., Room 400
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