Senator Steans

May 8, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThis week the Senate is scheduled to hear legislation addressing issues ranging from short-term health insurance to fair scheduling for workers and regulating blockchain technology. This Friday is the deadline for House bills to be voted on in Senate committees. For directions on how to submit a witness slip, please click here.

 

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

 

 

Noteworthy bills in committee this week

 

Civil law issues

• Rental security deposit - HB 4951 requires that in a written residential lease, costs associated with damage to the property must be for damages beyond normal wear and tear and be reasonable to return the property to its initial condition when the lease began. This bill is designed to ensure that landlords cannot make deductions from security deposits for ordinary wear and tear or improvements to the rental unit that exceed the original condition of the unit.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kwame Raoul
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary

 

• Frail family - HB 4309 allows people to petition courts for visitation when a caregiver has refused to let them see their frail family member. It also requires caregivers to notify the individual's family of hospitalizations and relocations.
    o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
    o Committee: Senate Judiciary

 

Criminal law and public safety issues

• Jail time - HB 4077 allows offenders with Class 4 felony and misdemeanor convictions to credit the time they spend in jail awaiting a trial or plea toward their time on probation.
     o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

 

Dog in a hot car• Animal rescue - HB 4191 provides limited civil immunity for individuals who cause damage to a locked vehicle when attempting to rescue a dog or cat from a vehicle.
     o Sponsor: Senator Michael Connelly
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

 

• Crime victims - HB 5267 allows victims of who have had identifying or graphic information posted on a pornographic website to receive compensation under the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

 

• Sexual misconduct - HB 5597 expands the offense of custodial sexual misconduct to include law enforcement officers who engage in sexual conduct or sexual penetration with individuals in custody.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law

 

• License plates - SB 880 establishes that recorded license plate recognition system data can only be used for legitimate law enforcement purposes.
     o Sponsor: Senator Antonio Munoz
     o Committee: Senate Executive

 

• Incarcerated voter access - HB 4469 increases voter access for individuals who are incarcerated but not convicted by requiring election authorities in counties with more than 3 million people to work with county jails to facilitate voting by mail requires Cook County to establish temporary branch polling in their county jails.
     o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
     o Committee: Senate Executive

 

Education issues

• Charter schools - SJR 64 establishes the Task Force on Charter Public School Facilities to examine public charter school facilities.
     o Sponsor: Senator Chuck Weaver
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Equity targets - SR 1647 urges the state's P20 council to update the state's goal of 60 percent of adults holding degrees by 2025 to include equity-focused targets aimed at closing institutional racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Medical cannabis in schools - HB 4870 would permit the administration of medical cannabis infused products on school premises or on a school bus to students who participate in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Parenting education - HB 4442 requires the Illinois State Board of Education to implement and administer a three-year pilot program to provide support to school districts that hold a unit of instruction on parenting education.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Dental exams - HB 4908 requires all children entering ninth grade at any public, private or parochial school to have a dental exam.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

Children in a classroom• Class size - HB 5481 requires all school districts to report class size data to the Illinois State Board of Education each year and requires ISBE to publish the data on its website. It also sets class size goals for the 2020 school year.
     o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Grants - HB 4208 authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to award school safety grants to school districts that implement alternatives to law enforcement involvement for school-based offenses.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Board - HB 4284 requires three of the nine board members of the State Board of Education to be representatives of the education community.
     o Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Substitute teachers - HB 4742 allows schools to use recruiting firms to recruit substitute teachers.
     o Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Concussion - HB 4226 requires the Department of Public Health to publish and disseminate a brochure to education the public on the effects of concussions in children and how to look for concussion warning signs.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kwame Raoul
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Manufacturing - HB 5062 requires the Illinois State Board of Education to establish a program to facilitate education in advanced manufacturing technical skills.
     o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Salary - HB 5175 increases the minimum salary for full-time teachers to $40,000 per year beginning July 1, 2019.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Transportation - HB 5195 allows schools to provide transportation to students living within 1.5 miles of the school if they  would have to walk through dangerous areas to get to school.
     o Sponsor: Senator James Clayborne, Jr.
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Mental health - HB 5770 requires school boards to notify students and their parents or guardians that a student with a mental health diagnosis may be eligible to receive supportive health services from the school district.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Education

 

• Grow your own - HB 4882 creates the Grow Your Own Teacher education initiative and allows a participating institution of higher education to offer high school students a dual credit course under the program.
     o Sponsor: Senator Iris Martinez
     o Committee: Senate Higher Education

 

• Bridge program - HB 5696 allows a bridge program for underrepresented students to be established at Illinois universities.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Higher Education

 

Credit cards• Student credit cards - HB 4710 creates the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force, which will seek to reduce the amount of credit card debt Illinois students face after graduating from institutions of higher education.
     o Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
     o Committee: Senate Financial Institutions

 

• Broadband - SB 2312 appropriates $16.3 million for broadband expansion in school districts.
     o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
     o Committee: Senate Appropriations II

 

Environmental issues

• Foxconn - SR 1600 urges Wisconsin to consider the environmental and public health concerns over Foxconn. The Wisconsin legislature approved a measure that would allow Foxconn to discharge dredged materials or fill wetlands without a permit and forego environmental impact statements. The location of the Foxconn development sits in the Des Plaines watershed, which extends into Illinois.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Environment and Conservation

 

• Pipelines - SR 1534 requires the Department of Natural Resources to compile a report on the current regulations for oil and gas pipelines in Illinois and to make recommendations for changes to improve public safety.
     o Sponsor: Senator Chapin Rose
     o Committee: Senate Environment and Conservation

 

Health and insurance issues

• Short-term health insurance - SB 2388 creates the Short-Term, Limited Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act to protect consumers and encourage enrollment into comprehensive health insurance plans. It establishes a maximum coverage period for short-term coverage of 90 days.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Insurance


• Dense breast tissue - HB 4392 requires every provider of mammography services to notify a patient if they have dense breast tissue.
     o Sponsor: Senator John Mulroe
     o Committee: Senate Public Health


Prescription• Prescriptions - HB 4146 prevents insurers from changing coverage terms during a plan year for patients stable on a prescribed drug. It prohibits insurers from increasing the out-of-pocket costs for a covered drug, moving a drug to a more restrictive tier and removing a drug from a formulary.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care


• Opioids - HB 4707 creates the Prescription Drug Task Force to study the extent of over prescription of opioids to patients and make recommendations to address the issue.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Public Health


• Mental health professionals - HB 5111 creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force to address Illinois' mental health professional shortage.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Public Health

• Patient brokering - HB 4949 bans the practice of "patient brokering," where companies use false or misleading advertising to direct patients to mental health or addiction recovery facilities outside the state where the patient's insurance may not be accepted.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• Mental health loans - HB 5109 provides loan repayment assistance to mental health professionals who practice in underserved or rural, federally designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• Sexual assault survivors - HB 5245 outlines improved medical treatment for sexual assault survivors.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• Fertility treatment - HB 2617 requires insurers to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee.
     o Sponsor: Senator Laura Murphy
     o Committee: Senate Insurance


• Hearing aids - HB 4516 mandates that insurers cover prescribed hearing aids and medically necessary related services and repairs for minors.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Insurance

 

Human service issues

• Pharmacy reimbursement - HB 3479 requires managed care community networks to establish a fair and reasonable reimbursement rate to pharmacy providers for prescription drugs.
     o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• Human trafficking - HB 4340 requires massage establishments, certain public event organizers and all primary and secondary schools to post notices of a helpline to assist any person who is subject to human trafficking.
     o Sponsor: Senator Michael Connelly
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• DSP pilot program - HB 4665 requires the Department of Human Services to implement a direct support person credential pilot program to assist and attract individuals into the field.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Human services

• Child care - Under HB 4885, families with children under five who have an open Department of Children and Family Services case would be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program.
     o Sponsor: Senator Pat McGuire
     o Committee: Senate Human Services

• Child care redetermination - HB 4965 re-determines eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program every 12 months instead of the current policy of every six months.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     o Committee: Senate Human Services

• Child care eligibility - HB 5599 requires the income eligibility threshold for the Child Care Assistance Program for working families to be no less than 185 percent of the current federal poverty level.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Human Services

• Scholarship - HB 5122 provides a tuition and fees waiver to certain youth who do not receive a scholarship or fee waivers from the Department of Children and Family Services to attend a public post-secondary school in Illinois.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Senate Human Services

• Preferred drug list - HB 4096 prohibits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services from requiring Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to use a preferred drug list and from negotiating drug pricing concessions or rebates on any drug with pharmaceutical companies.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care

 

Labor issues

• Workers' comp - HB 4595 creates the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Company, a nonprofit workers' comp insurance option.
     o Sponsor: Senator Daniel Biss
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


Calendar• Fair scheduling - SB 202 would create the Fair Scheduling Act and seeks to limit unfair and unpredictable work scheduling practices that make it difficult for low-wage workers to schedule childcare, work a second job or pursue education.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Joint Senate and House Labor

 

• Paramedics - HB 126 extends bargaining rights to paramedics.
     o Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• Benefits - HB 127 extends health coverage and educational benefits to paramedics, EMTs and their families if the paramedic or EMT suffers a catastrophic injury or is killed in the line of duty.
     o Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• Break time - HB 1595 requires employers to provide paid break time for nursing mothers.
     o Sponsor: Senator William Haine
     o Committee: Senate labor


• Wage rulings - HB 4324 requires the Department of Labor to rule on all wage claims within 30 days of a claim and employers to deposit 10 percent of the disputed wage claim into an escrow account before the decision is made.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• Wage discrimination - HB 4743 prohibits wage discrimination against African Americans.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• Ford culture - SR 1561 condemns Ford Motor Company's pervasive and ongoing culture of sexual harassment within its production plants.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Labor

 

Revenue issues

• Tax credit - HB 4237 creates a dollar for dollar income tax credit for individuals who donate to the state treasury and a dollar for dollar property tax credit for individuals who donate to a county treasury. This legislation is designed to address the federal tax cuts, which limited state and local tax deductions.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Revenue


• Property tax freeze - SR 1598 calls for each local government to hold a public meeting by July 1, 2019 to discuss the specific effects of a property tax freeze.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Revenue

 

State government issues

• State property - HB 128 would allow a village to lease or sell a formerly state-owned property for private purposes. If the property is leased, the village must pay 50 percent of proceeds after expenses to the state.
     o Sponsor: Senator Emil Jones, III
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• Consolidation - HB 5777 allows for the consolidation of two or more contiguous municipalities into one city or village.
     o Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
     o Committee: Senate Local Government


• Gender-neutral - HB 1010 makes elected offices gender neutral, i.e. chairperson rather than chairman.
     o Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
     o Committee: Senate Government Reform


• Springfield - HB 4295 would make Springfield the default location for employees of most state agencies and the governor's office.
     o Sponsor: Senator William Brady
     o Committee: Senate State Government


• Bonuses - HB 5309 creates the State Agency and Grantee Bonus Prohibition Act, prohibiting state agencies and hospitals from paying a bonus to employees.
     o Sponsor: Senator Don Harmon
     o Committee: Senate State Government


Cyber security• Cyber security - HB 5547 requires the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit state agencies and their cyber-security practices on a biennial basis.
     o Sponsor: Senator Iris Martinez
     o Committee: Senate State Government

 

Telecommunication issues

• Blockchain - HB 5553 provides for permitted uses and limitations of blockchain technology in transactions and proceedings. It also restricts local governments' ability to tax, impose a fee or otherwise regulate the use of blockchain technology.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     o Committee: Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology


• Broadband - HB 5752 creates the Broadband Advisory Council to expand access to broadband services and technology.
     o Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
     o Committee: Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology

 

Transportation issues

• Texting while driving - HB 4846 makes the first offense of using a cell phone while operating a moving vehicle a moving violation. Currently, the first offense results in a warning.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Senate Transportation


• Two-year registration - HB 4259 permits the Secretary of State to register motor vehicles for a two-year period.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
     o Committee: Senate Transportation

 

Veterans’ issues

 

• Lease - HB 4317 allows family members of armed service members killed in action to terminate a lease.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dave Koehler
     o Committee: Senate Veterans Affairs

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, May 8

 

• Senate Subcommittee on Charter Schools| 1:45 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Education Committee | 2 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Public Health Committee| 2 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 2 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Higher Education Committee | 3:30 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Judiciary Committee |3:30 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Human Services Committee | 3:45 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Transportation Committee | 5:15  p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 400
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Committee schedule for Wednesday, May 9

 

• Senate Appropriations I and II Committee| 8:30 a.m., Room 212
   Subject matter hearing on the governor's FY 19 cost-saving initiatives
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• Senate Local Government Committee | 9:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Financial Institutions | 10:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Government Reform Committee| 10:30 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Labor Committee | 10:30 a.m., Room 212
   Subject matter hearing on SB 202
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• Senate State Government Committee| 2:30 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 2:30 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Executive Committee | 2:30 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care | 4 p.m., Room 400
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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, May 10

 

• Senate Agriculture Committee | 8:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Appropriations II Committee| 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 Environment and Conservation Committee | 10 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee| 10 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Labor  Committee | 11 a.m., Room 212
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