Senator Steans

May 21, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThis week the Senate is scheduled to hear bills in committee to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, to encourage enrollment into comprehensive health insurance plans, and to provide some immunity for individuals who break into locked vehicles when attempting to rescue animals from a vehicle.

 

Please find a list of noteworthy bills scheduled to be heard in committee this week below. For directions on how to submit witness slips, click here.

 

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

• Court fees - HB 4594 is a comprehensive rewrite of Illinois statues that establish court fees and fines and expands assessment waiver eligibility for those unable to pay.
     o Sponsor: Senator John G. Mulroe
     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 issues

• 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


• Demilitarization - SR 1716 voices a strong opposition to partisan impulses and the lack of adequate solutions surrounding the demilitarization of police agencies and urges the United States Congress to drastically reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of military equipment provided to local law enforcement agencies.
     o Sponsor Senator Mattie Hunter
     o Committee: Senate State Government


• 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


• 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

 

Education issues

• Charter schools - SJR 64 establishes the Task Force on Charter Public Schools Facilities to examine school facility issues.
     o Sponsor: Senator Chuck Weaver
     o Committee: Senate Education Subcommittee on Charter Schools


• Due process - HB 4193 extends the time frame for hearing officers to submit their written decision following the conclusion of a special education due process hearing from 10 days to 10 calendar days excluding Saturday, Sunday and State holidays.
     o Sponsor: Senator Sue Rezin
     o Committee: Senate Education


• Safety - HB 4799 requires school districts that teach Kindergarten through eighth grade to adopt a policy to educate students on effective methods to prevent and avoid traffic injuries while walking or biking.
     o Sponsor: Senator Mattie Hunter
     o Committee: Senate Education


• Consent - HB 5148 requires course material and instruction on sex education to include a discussion of what constitutes sexual consent and what may be considered sexual harassment or sexual assault.
     o Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
     o Committee: Senate Education


• Conflict resolution - HB 5786 provides that in-school suspension may focus on non-violent conflict resolution and positive interactions with other students and school personnel.
     o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
     o Committee: Senate Education


• Common application - SB 3566 establishes a uniform admission process online for all public Illinois institutions.
     o Sponsor: Senator Chapin Rose
     o Committee: Senate Higher Education

 

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


• Coverage - HB 4146 prevents insurers from changing coverage terms during a plan year for patients that are stable on a prescribed drug.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care

 

Human services issues

• Reimbursement - SB 355 requires the Department of Human Services to increase the reimbursement rates to child and day care home providers in the child care assistance program by 7.22 percent next year and by just over 1 percent every year thereafter until fiscal year 2022.
     o Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
     o Committee: Senate Human Services


• 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

 

Labor issues

• Salary history - HB 4163 prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. This aims to break the cycle of the gender wage gap.
     o Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• Wage discrimination - SB 3100 prohibits wage discrimination on the basis of race and sex. It also prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history unless the applicant voluntarily discloses their salary history, their salary history is a matter of public record or if they are a current employee of the employer and applying for a new position with the same employer.
     o Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
     o Committee: Senate Labor


• 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


• 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

 

State government issues

• Priority funding - SB 238 provides that a number of state agencies including the Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health must prioritize funding for communities that have historically suffered from under-investment and experienced high levels of crime, incarceration and community violence.
     o Sponsor: Senator Patricia Van Pelt
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary


• State property - HB 128 allows 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


• 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

 

Committee schedule for Monday, May 21

• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 4:30 p.m., Room 409
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Subcommittee on Charter Schools| 4:30 p.m., Room 212
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Education Committee | 4:35p.m., Room 212
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, May 22

• 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 Judiciary Committee |10 a.m., Room 400
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Human Services Committee | 10 a.m., Room 409
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Higher Education Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
   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 Criminal Law Committee | 4 p.m., Room 400
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Insurance Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 400
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Revenue Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 212
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Wednesday, May 23

• 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 Labor Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
   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 State Government Committee| 4 p.m., Room 409
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 4  p.m., Room 400
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.
• Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care | 5  p.m., Room 400
   To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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