Senator Steans

March 13, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThis week the Senate is scheduled to hear legislation ranging from removing lead service lines from community water systems to establishing a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. There are only two more session weeks until the deadline for substantive Senate bills to move out of committee. As such, there are quite a few pieces of legislation posted to committee.

 

I have included legislation that I support and do not support in the list of noteworthy bills below. I encourage you to review the proposals to determine your stance and then submit a witness slip to let legislators know your opinion. For directions on how to submit a witness slip to show your support or opposition to a particular bill, click here. You can listen to committee hearings live by clicking here.

 

After this week, senators will return to work in their districts until April 10, when we are scheduled to reconvene in Springfield. I will send you an email with noteworthy bills in committee when we return.

 

In the meantime, I recently started a Facebook and Twitter account to provide more frequent updates about my legislation, events in the district and developing issues within Illinois government. Follow me @SenatorSteans and like my Facebook page for news on what’s happening in Springfield and in District 7.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

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

 

Noteworthy bills in committee this week

 

Civil law and consumer protection issues

  • Worker's compensation insurance - SB 2973 creates an independent, nonprofit insurance company for worker's compensation liability.
    o Sponsor: Senator Daniel Biss
    o Committee: Senate Judiciary

  • Collections agencies - SB 2485 requires condominium associations to provide written notice regarding unpaid fines and hold a hearing to resolve any disputed fees before sending a unit owner or their agents to a collection agency.
    o Sponsor: Senator Laura Murphy
    o Committee: Senate Judiciary

  • Data breach imageData breach - SB 3007 requires data collectors to report large data breaches to the attorney general's office.
    o Sponsor: Senator Kwame Raoul
    o Committee: Senate Judiciary

  • Immigration status - SB 3103 provides that a landlord cannot require disclosure of, intimidate, harass or evict tenants on the basis of their immigration or citizenship status.
    o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
    o Committee: Senate Judiciary

  • Registering to vote - SB 3167 allows teens who are at least 16 to preregister to vote when they receive their driver's license.
    o Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
    o Committee: Senate Executive

  • Student loans - SB 2529 prevents a professional license from being revoked, removed or suspended for defaulting on a student loan.
    o Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
    o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

Criminal law issues

  • Resentencing - HB 1804 allows someone previously charged with a criminal offense to file a petition for resentencing if the penalty for that offense is reduced or changed.
    o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
    o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

  • Survivor's bill of rights - SB 3404 creates the Survivor's Bill of Rights guaranteeing additional protections to survivors of sexual assault.
    o Sponsor: Senator Kwame Raoul
    o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

  • Felony theft - SB 3257 increases the threshold amount for felony theft to $2,000 from $500 and threshold amount for felony retail theft to $2,000 from $300, along with other conforming changes.
    o Sponsor: Senator Elgie Sims Jr.
    o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

  • Adult Redeploy Illinois - SB 3388 allows individuals with probation-level offenses to be included in Adult Redeploy Illinois programs.
    o Sponsor: Senator James Clayborne Jr.
    o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

  • Prohibited substances - SB 3136 allows the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Corrections to fire employees who test positive for any prohibited substance.
    o Sponsor: Senate President John Cullerton
    o Committee: Senate Executive

  • Criminal justice alternatives - SB 3023 authorizes law enforcement to develop and implement programs that offer alternatives to traditional involvement in the criminal justice system by creating immediate pathways to substance use treatment and other services.
    o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

  • Testimony - SB 2479 regulates the use of incriminating testimony in courts.
    o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
    o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

Education issues

  • ChalkboardInclusive curriculum - SB 3249 requires elementary and high schools to teach students Chalkboardabout the important contributions of LGBTQ individuals.
    o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • PE requirements - SB 2572 requires elementary students to receive at least 150 minutes of physical education each week and high school students to receive a minimum of 225 minutes of physical education. Also states that a sports waiver for physical education can only be in effect for up to two years and cannot be renewed more than twice.
    o Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Emergency door locking - SB 2611 allows a school district to apply for temporary door locking devices to be used in emergency situations.
    o Sponsor: Senator Chapin Rose
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Free lunch - SB 2428 requires schools to provide a federally reimbursable lunch to students who wish to eat lunch, regardless of their ability to pay.
    o Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Concussion protocol - SB 2489 requires the Illinois State Board of Education to adopt rules to administer concussion protocol including rules governing accommodations for students who may have sustained a concussion.
    o Sponsor: Senator Michael Connelly
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Principal's contract - Under SB 3183, if a CPS principal is rated as "exceeding expectations" in an evaluation, the local school council's vote to not renew the principal's contract must be agreed to by at least 90 percent of the council's members.
    o Sponsor: Senator Emil Jones III
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Student information - SB 3099 allows a national assessment provider to rent or sell a student's information if it receives consent and the information is used to provide access to employment or educational opportunities.
    o Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Security breach - SB 3201 requires a school to notify parents within 48 hours of discovering a security breach of student information.
    o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Special education - SB 3514 requires school districts in communities with a population greater than 500,000 to determine special education staffing needs based on the individualized education program minutes, optimal scheduling protocols and other relevant factors. It also prohibits the school board from reducing special education staffing levels of schools where staffing levels are less than 90 percent of the state average.
    o Sponsor: Senator Mattie Hunter
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Dual credit - SB 2527 bars school boards from limiting the number of dual credit courses a student may enroll in or the number of credits a student may receive from dual credit courses.
    o Sponsor: Senator Chuck Weaver
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Teacher shortage - SB 2838 addresses the shortage of substitute teachers by allowing schools to use recruiting firms to find substitutes.
    o Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • School training programs - SB 2856 requires all schools to create training programs for all personnel on cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion.
    o Sponsor: Senator Michael Connelly
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • Teacher salary - SB 2892 sets the minimum salary for a full-time teacher in Illinois at $40,000.
    o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
    o Committee: Senate Education

  • STEM teachers - SB 3047 requires universities to waive tuition, fees and campus housing costs of students who agree to pursue a bachelor's degree in STEM areas for a teaching occupation.
    o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
    o Committee: Senate Higher Education

  • College education - SB 2846 provides that certain youth who do not receive a scholarship or fee waiver from the Department of Children and Family Services shall receive a waiver of all tuition and fees for any community college, university or college maintained by the state.
    o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

Environmental issues

  • Electric buses - SB 3055 earmarks 15 percent of the funds available to the Illinois EPA from the Volkswagen settlement with the US EPA for the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of public electric vehicle charging stations. The remaining funds shall be dedicated to upgrading or replacing eligible trucks and buses.
    o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
    o Committee: Senate Environment and Conservation

  • Solar state contracts - SB 3533 allows state purchasing officers to enter into renewable energy resource contracts and leases that do not exceed 15 years. This is designed to facilitate solar projects statewide.
    o Sponsor: Senator Pam Althoff
    o Committee: Senate State Government

  • Sales tax for coal - SB 3238 extends the sales tax exemption for coal and aggregate exploration, mining, off-highway hauling, processing, maintenance and reclamation equipment until July 1, 2023.
    o Sponsor: Senator Don Harmon
    o Committee: Senate Revenue

  • Emissions testing - SB 2643 allows auto service and repair stations to apply to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for certification as an official emission inspection station.
    o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
    o Committee: Senate Environment and Conservation

Gaming issues

  • Unincorporated areas - SB 1356 allows municipalities and counties to establish additional video gaming rules in non-incorporated areas.
    o Sponsor: Senator Pam Althoff
    o Committee: Gaming

Human service issues

  • TANF - SB 3115 requires DHS to gradually increase the maximum benefit levels provided to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients so that the maximum benefit levels will be annually adjusted to remain equal to 50 percent.
    o Sponsor: Senator Mattie Hunter
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

  • Medicaid applications - SB 2913 establishes an expedited long-term care eligibility and enrollment system to reduce the backlog of pending long-term care Medicaid applications.
    o Sponsor: Senator John Mulroe
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Community care - SB 1628 creates a Community Care Program Medicaid Initiative that provides targeted funding to increase enrollment in Medicaid for qualified Community Care Programs.
    o Sponsor: Senator Iris Martinez
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

  • Dental care for Medicaid patients - SB 2429 requires preventative dental care to be provided to all Medicaid-eligible adults. Currently, services are only available to people under 21 and pregnant women.
    o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

  • Community-based services - SB 2951 requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to create two pilot programs for Medicaid beneficiaries to provide community-based services for young people with mental health conditions and one for young people with substance use disorders.
    o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

  • Community Care Program providers - SB 3511 progressively increases hourly rates for Community Care Program providers to $24.69 by July 1, 2021.
    o Sponsor: Senator Mattie Hunter
    o Committee: Senate Human Services

Pension issues

  • Teacher raises - SB 2517 requires school districts rather than the state to pay the benefit cost of teacher raises after 2019.
    o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
    o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

  • Retired CPD officers - SB 2525 makes the 3 percent increase in pension benefits for retired Chicago Police Department officers over the age of 75 compounded.
    o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
    o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

Public health issues

  • Clean waterLead pipes - SB 3080 requires every community water system to create a plan to remove all known lead service lines within 10 years.
    o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Lactation room - SB 3503 requires facilities that house circuit courtrooms to include at least one lactation room or area for public use.
    o Sponsor: Senator Elgie Sims Jr.
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Mental health coverage - SB 3213 requires insurers to cover evidence-based early treatment of serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances.
    o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
    o Committee: Senate Insurance

  • Water management - SB 272 requires state-operated facilities with residents to create a water management and Legionella sampling plan.
    o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Nursing homes - SB 2232 prioritizes long-term care facilities for restoration of power during a power outage, regardless of reason.
    o Sponsor: Senator Dave Koehler
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Dense breast tissue - SB 2442 requires health care providers to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue.
    o Sponsor: Senator John Mulroe
    o Committee: Senate Public Health

  • Flu vaccine opt out - HB 2984 allows health care employees at health departments with a jurisdiction of 500,000 or more to opt out of the flu vaccination for medical or religious reasons.
    o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
    o Committee: Senate Public Education

State government and revenue issues

  • Truth in hiring - SB 3233 closes a loophole that enables the governor's office to pay its employees using appropriations from other state agencies, even though the employees are doing no work for those agencies.
    o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
    o Committee: Senate State Government

  • Sales tax exemption - SB 2881 exempts condoms, incontinence products, diapers and baby wipes from the state's sales taxes, thereby reducing the tax on these products from 6.25 percent to 1 percent.
    o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    o Committee: Senate Revenue

Committee schedule for Tuesday, March 13

 

  • Senate Education Committee | 1:30 p.m., Room 212
    Subject matter hearing on HB 5812
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Public Health Committee | 1:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 1:30 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee | 3:15 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Higher Education Committee | 3:15 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Human Services Committee | 3:15 p.m., Room 409
    Subject matter hearing on HB 4223
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Criminal Law Committee| 4:45 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Transportation Committee | 4:45 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Wednesday, March 14

 

  • Senate Appropriations I Committee | 8 a.m., Room 400
    Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Gaming Board, Racing Board, Department of Lottery, Property Tax Appeal Board, Prisoner Review Board
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • 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 | 9:15 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Government Reform Committee | 2 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Financial Institutions Committee | 2 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Executive Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate State Government Committee | 3 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 3 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • 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 for Thursday, March 15

 

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

  • Senate Appropriations II Committee | 9 a.m., Room 212
    Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, Governor’s State University and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • 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 Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee | 11 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 11 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee | 11 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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