Senator Steans

May 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

The General Assembly has just 16 days left until the constitutional deadline for action. That’s 16 more days for legislation and budget packages to pass both the House and the Senate. The deadline for legislation to pass during the regular session is May 31.

 

Senator Steans in a budget hearingI am diligently working with my colleagues on a solution to end the budget impasse. I am optimistic that we will reach a compromise that Republicans in the Senate can agree to. Ultimately the question, though, is if the governor can agree to it.

 

I will keep you updated as we continue to work through budget negotiations. 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

 

• Day laborers – HB 690 makes changes to the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, such as requiring temporary labor service agencies to provide a notice to workers of what type of equipment, protective clothing and training are required for a task, to prevent current abuses. (Martinez)

• Veteran-owned businesses – SB 1620 centralizes the classification of veterans owned small businesses. Currently, veteran business owners must go through a number of processes (sometimes at the state, county and municipal level) to be certified bid on small business contracts. (Hastings)

• Short-term rental properties – SB 1735 creates standards for short-term vacation and rental properties, such as HomeAway, and bars local governments from prohibiting or otherwise regulating short-term rental properties except in circumstances to safeguard public health and welfare. (Munoz)

• Paid sick leave – HB 2771 requires employers with more than one employee provide up to five paid sick time days per year. (Hutchinson)

• Performance evaluation – SB 449 requires the Illinois State Board of Education to convene a Performance Evaluation Advisory Council to advise on the ongoing implementation of teacher and principal evaluations. (Lightford)

• Homeless students – HB 261 Allows school districts to provide housing assistance to homeless students or students at risk of becoming homeless. (Bennett)

• Mental illness training – HB 2545 requires school personnel who work with pupils in K-12 be trained once every two years to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth. (Weaver)

• College savings – HB 3691 creates the Illinois Higher Education Savings Program under the control of the State Treasurer. Starting in 2018, every child born in Illinois will have a 529 college savings account opened in their name and seeded with a $50 investment. The first $150 will be matched at a one-to-one ratio for families with low and moderate incomes. (Lightford)

• Arbitration for long-term care facilities – HB 238 prohibits a long-term care facility from entering into a pre-dispute agreement for binding arbitration with a resident, consumer or their representative. (Aquino)

• Animal rights – HB 2810 prevents returning animals used for fighting purposes to their initial owner. (Manar)

 

Committee schedule, Monday, May 15

 

All committees are in the Capitol unless otherwise stated

  • Senate Revenue Committee
    4:30 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Insurance Committee
    4:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule, Tuesday, May 16

 

  • Senate Education Committee
    9 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

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

  • Senate Public Health Committee
    9 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Higher Education Committee
    10:30 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Human Services Committee
    10:30 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee
    10:30 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule, Wednesday, May 17

 

  • Senate Appropriations I Committee
    8:30 a.m., Room 400

  • Senate Gaming Committee
    8:30 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Local Government Committee
    8:30 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Labor Committee
    10:45 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Transportation Committee
    4 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Criminal Law Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance
    4 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule, Thursday, May 18

 

  • Senate Appropriations II Committee
    9 a.m., Room 212

  • Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee
    9 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee
    11 a.m., Room 212
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  • Senate Executive Committee
    2 p.m., Room 212
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  • Senate State Government Subcommittee on State Designations
    2 p.m., Room 409
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  • Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Subcommittee on Special Issues
    2 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate State Government Committee
    2:30 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
    2:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

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

  • Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care
    4:30 p.m., Room 409
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