Senator Steans

April 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingAs many of you know, last week the Senate voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (SJRCA 4) which I sponsored. Illinois is one step closer to becoming the 37th state to ratify this amendment. In order to ensure it passes the House, I encourage you to reach out to your local representatives and ask for their support and co-sponsorship of this important legislation. Rep. Cassidy and Rep. Greg Harris, have already signed on as co-sponsors.

 

Now that the deadline has passed for Senate Bills to move out of committee, these hearings will increasingly focus on House Bills. Some Senate Bills that did not pass last week received a deadline extension. In addition to hearing those bills, there are also several subject matter hearings scheduled this week.

 

I have included a list of noteworthy bills that will be heard in committee this week as well as the schedule below.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on my legislation and what’s happening in the district.

 

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

 

Noteworthy bills in committee this week

 

Civil law and consumer protection issues

Biometrics• Biometrics - SB 3053 allows businesses to use biometrics for time keeping purposes as long as the business does not share that data.
    o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
    o Committee: Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology


• State caps – SB 2481 removes the $100,000 limit on awards in tort cases for all claims against the state.
     o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• Price transparency – SB 2953 requires automotive repair facilities to post the hourly charge for labor, charges and conditions for storage, prices for commonly used repair parts, and the charge for diagnosing a malfunctioning vehicle.
     o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• Data 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


Criminal law issues

• Legal immunity – SB 2294 provides legal immunity to individuals who forcibly enter a locked vehicle to save a child or animal they perceive to be in danger.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law


• Stalking – SB 2288 allows courts to recommend or require individuals in stalking no contact or civil no contact cases to go through counseling.
     o Sponsor: Senator Jil Tracy
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

 

Education

• Pension cost shift – SB 2517 requires school districts, instead of the state, to pay the benefit cost of teacher raises after 2019.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions


• Preschool teachers – SB 1829 creates an alternative certification process for preschool teachers teaching somewhere besides a public school.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     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


• Shared resources – SB 3418 provides that a school board may enter into a joint agreement with other school boards to share the services of a superintendent or administrators.
     o Sponsor: Senator Sue Rezin
     o Committee: Senate Education


• School bus drivers – SB 3003 allows individuals from Mexico who provide appropriate documentation from their former state of residence and meet other permitting requirements to be issued a school bus driver permit.
     o Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
     o Committee: Senate Transportation

 

Election issues

• Fair maps – Under SJRCA 26, Illinois’ legislative boundaries would be drawn by a commission appointed by members of the Illinois Supreme Court rather than the General Assembly or governor.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Executive Subcommittee on Special Issues

 

Environmental issues

• 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

 

Human service issues

Students• Tuition waiver – SB 2846 provides that certain youth would receive a tuition waiver ay any public community college or university. This applies to youth who the Department has court-ordered legal responsibility for, have aged out of care at age 18 or older, were formerly under care and were the subject of an adoption assistance agreement, or were the subject of a subsidized guardianship agreement.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• Quarterly reporting – SB 3075 requires the Department of Human Services, the Department of Children and Family Services, Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections to submit a quarterly report regarding workplace assaults on staff.
     o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
     o Committee: Human Services

 

Labor 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

 

Pension issues

• Benefits for CPD officers – SB 2525 compounds the 3 percent pension benefit increase for retired Chicago Police Department officers who have reached age 75.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions


• Alternative annuity – SB 2607 lowers the minimum age at which Tier 2 state police officers are eligible for the alternative annuity under the State Employee Retirement System from 60 to 50.
     o Sponsor: Senator John G. Mulroe
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions


• Annual increases – SB 3154 removes the date of birth requirement for the Chicago Fire Fighter Pension 3 percent annual annuity increase.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions


• Pensions for private schools – Under SB 3181, members of the Teachers Retirement System may establish credit for up to two years of service as a teacher or administrator in a private school that is recognized by the Illinois Board of Education.
     o Sponsor: Senator Paul Schimpf
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

 

Public safety issues

• Assault weapons – SB 2314 allows municipalities to regulate assault weapons.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary

Drone
• Bump-stock ban – SB 2247 bans importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring and possessing a bump-stock.
     o Sponsor: Senator Chris Nybo
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• Drones – SB 2562 allows law enforcement to use drones to prepare for or monitor safety at large events.
     o Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary

 

State government issues

• Sexual harassment policies – SB 405 requires companies that make a bid under the state’s procurement code to have a sexual harassment policy in place. Under SB 405, companies that claim EDGE credits would also be required to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual state report.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     o Committee: Senate State Government


• Elections – SB 2299 provides that a person elected to a township position cannot be employed by the township in any other capacity other than their elected position.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dave Syverson
     o Committee: Senate Local Government


• Storm shelter – SB 2458 requires mobile home parks to include a storm shelter.
     o Sponsor: Senator Ira Silverstein
     o Committee: Senate Local Government


• Suspending grant payments – SB 2540 requires the Comptroller and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget to establish a system to suspend grant payments.
     o Sponsor: Senator Jason Barickman
     o Committee: Senate Government Reform

 

Transportation issues

• Design build – SB 3002 authorizes the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Tollway to use the design-build and construction manager-general contractor delivery method of source selection for highway construction projects.
     o Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
     o Committee: Senate Transportation

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, April 17

 

• Senate Appropriations I Committee | 9 a.m., Room 212
Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission.
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

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

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

• Senate Human Services Committee | 4 p.m., Room 409
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Transportation Committee | 5 p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee | 5:30 p.m., Room 400
Subject matter hearing on carbon pricing
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Wednesday, April 18

 

• Senate Appropriations I Committee | 8 a.m., Room 400
Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: Department on Aging, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Corner Training Board, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Local Government Committee | 9 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Government Reform Committee | 10 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 10:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee | 10:30 a.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
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• 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 Executive Subcommittee on Special Issues | 3 p.m., Room 212
Subject matter hearing on SJRCA 26
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Insurance Committee | 4:30 p.m., Room 400
Subject matter hearing on SB 3213
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• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 400
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Committee schedule for Thursday, April 19

 

• Senate Agriculture Committee | 8 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Appropriations II Committee | 9 a.m., Room 212
Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency/Pollution Control Board, Illinois Principals Association, Drycleaners, Illinois State Police Merit Board, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard Board, Supreme Court, Illinois Commerce Commission, and Illinois State Police.
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee | 9:30 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Executive Appointments Committee | 11 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212
Subject matter hearing on the Quincy Veterans Home capital needs assessment
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Friday, April 20

 

• Senate Public Health Committee | 10 a.m., 1103 Malcolm X College, Chicago
Subject matter hearing on community safety record keeping
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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