Senator Steans

May 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingWe are down to the final three weeks of the legislative session. With last week’s deadline for House Bills to be voted on in committee, fewer and fewer bills will be heard in committee hearings and our time in Springfield will increasingly be used for floor votes.

 

I encourage you to contact your Senator and Representative to voice your support or opposition on bills that are on third reading. To listen to live Senate committee hearings and floor action, click here.

 

Typically, the Senate proposes a budget around the middle of May after the Appropriations committees have concluded the process of holding public hearings to discuss the budget requests from all state agencies and commissions. I continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to negotiate a budget.

 

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 issues

• 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 issues

• License rescission - HB 5042 mandates that any court order to rescind the suspension of a driver's license must contain a factual basis for the rescission.
     o Sponsor: Michael Connelly
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• 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


• Eavesdropping - HB 5793 provides an exemption to the eavesdropping statute for doorbells or intercommunication devices with audio and/or video capabilities installed with the consent of the owner or lessee.
     o Sponsor: Senator Iris Martinez
     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

 

Education issues

Head in hands• Training - HB 4658 expands existing training for identifying warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior.
o Sponsor: Senator David Koehler
o Committee: Senate Education


• E-learning - HB 4860 makes the electronic learning pilot program permanent. The program is set to expire after the current school year.
o Sponsor: Senator Michael Connelly
o Committee: Senate Education

 

Environmental issues

• Gasification - HB 5198 provides that a facility that collects, separates, stores or converts post-use polymers into crude oil, fuels or other products through gasification or pyrolysis is exempt from Pollution Control Facility regulations.
     o Sponsor: Senator Pat McGuire
     o Committee: Senate Environment and Conservation

 

Health and insurance issues

• Short-term health insurance - HB 2624 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


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

 

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


• 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

 

Labor issues

• 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

 

Pension issues

• Defined contribution - HB 5137 requires the Teachers Retirement System and the State Universities Retirement System to create an optional defined contribution benefit plan for active members.
     o Sponsor: Senator Dan McConchie
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

 

State government issues

• 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

 

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

 

Transportation issues

Construction work• Contracts - SB 276 requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to evaluate each contractor that performed work for the department at the end of the construction season.
     o Sponsor: Senator James Clayborne, Jr.
     o Committee: Senate State Government


• Out-of-state drivers - HB 4472 prohibits an out of state driver from operating a vehicle without insurance.
     o Sponsor: Senator John Curran
     o Committee: senate Transportation


• Safety test - HB 4944 allows truck tractors, semitrailers or property-carrying vehicles that weight 10,000-26,000 pounds to be tested for safety every 12 months. Currently, only truck tractors in combination with a semitrailer are allowed to be inspected every 12 months.
     o Sponsor: Senator Jil Tracy
     o Committee: Senate Transportation


• Dutch Reach - HB 5143 requires the "Dutch Reach" method to be included in the Rules of the Road. The Dutch Reach method of opening the driver's side vehicle door involves checking the rear-view mirror, checking the side-view mirror, and then opening the door with the right hand.  This is intended to reduce instances of injuring bicyclists.
     o Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
     o Committee: Senate Transportation

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, May 15

 

• Senate Education Committee | 1 p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Public Health Committee| 1 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Judiciary Committee |5 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Human Services Committee | 5 p.m., Room 409
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Committee schedule for Wednesday, May 16

 

• Joint Senate Appropriations I and II Committee| 8:30 a.m., Room 212
Subject matter hearing on the governor's FY 19 cost-saving initiatives for higher education and local government.
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• Senate Local Government Committee | 9:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Labor Committee | 10:30 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Executive Committee | 2 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate State Government Committee| 2 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 2 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Insurance Committee | 3:30 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 4:45 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Transportation Committee | 4:45 p.m., Room 212
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Committee schedule for Thursday, May 17

 

• Senate Agriculture Committee | 8:30 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee| 9 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 3 p.m., Room 409
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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