Senator Steans

April 24, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThis Friday is the deadline for Senate Bills to be voted on before we turn our attention to addressing bills the House has passed. If a Senate Bill is on third reading, I encourage you to call your Senator to let them know your stance on the legislation. Please keep in mind that if they are sponsoring or co-sponsoring the legislation, they are likely supportive of it.

 

I have included a list of noteworthy bills that Senators will hear in committee this week. As we progress into May, fewer and fewer bills will be heard in committee as we take final action on bills. Keep an eye out for floor amendments to legislation you care about, as these could alter the contents of the bill.

 

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

Credit card• Credit card surcharge - SB 2657 bans service providers that accept and process credit or debit card payments from imposing a transaction fee on the merchant or consumer.
     o Sponsor: Senator Emil Jones, III
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• 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


• 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


• Ticket quotas - SB 3509 extends the ban on ticket quotas to the Chicago Police Department.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• 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

 

Education issues

• Special education co-ops - SB 2344 allows students with disabilities that attend a special education cooperative in a different school district than their own to continue to attend that co-op if the district withdraws from the co-op.  
     o Sponsor: Senator John G. Mulroe
     o Committee: Senate Education

• School discipline - SB 2347 requires school boards to implement disciplinary protocols, interventions and policies based on restorative justice and trauma-informed practices.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Education

• Sexual assault - SB 2484 requires school districts to report incidents of sexual assault by a student against another student to the State Board of Education.
     o Sponsor: Senator Laura Murphy
     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

• Nursing studies - SB 888 allows a community college to establish a baccalaureate-level nursing education program that would offer students a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
     o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
     o Committee: Senate Higher Education


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 services issues

College classroom• 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


• ABLE exemptions - SB 2017 creates an income tax deduction of up to $10,000 for contributions to an ABLE account. The ABLE investment program provides individuals with blindness or disabilities the option to save for disability-related expenses.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
     o Committee: Senate Revenue


Public Health issues

• Metal detectors in hospitals - SB 2334 requires hospitals to have metal detectors at each public point of entry and makes visitors subject to screening.
     o Sponsor: Senator Laura Murphy
     o Committee: Senate Public Health


Public safety issues

• 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


• Threatening behavior - SB 563 expands the offense of disorderly conduct to include threats made over social media and any other platform. It also provides that individuals who make threats over social media must undergo a mental evaluation before being released if the officer believes a clear and present danger exists.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance


• Airbags - SB 560 enhances the penalty for installing a fake airbag from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class 4 Felony.
     o Sponsor: Senator Scott Bennett
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance


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

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, April 24

 

• 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 and the Illinois Math and Science Academy
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.


• Senate Higher Education Committee | 11 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Education Committee | 4 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Public Health Committee| 4 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Human Services Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Judiciary Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Transportation Committee | 6:15 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance | 6:15 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 6:20 p.m., Room 400
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Committee schedule for Wednesday, April 25

 

• Senate Appropriations I Committee | 8 a.m., Room 400
Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: State Employees Retirement System, General Assembly Retirement System, Judges Retirement System, State Universities Retirement System, Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, Department of Military Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs and Illinois Arts Council.
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 Labor Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate State Government Committee | 4 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 4 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Executive Committee | 4 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Insurance Committee | 5 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Revenue Committee | 5 p.m., Room 212
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Committee schedule for Thursday, April 26

 

• Senate Appropriations II Committee | 9 a.m., Room 212
Subject matter regarding FY 19 budget request for the following agencies: Illinois Department of Transportation, Capital Development Board, Toll highway, Court of Claims, State Fire Marshal, Executive Ethics Commission, Legislative Ethics Commission, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.


• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 11 a.m., Room 409
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• 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.

 

 

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