Dear friends,

This week the Senate is scheduled to hear a number of measures in committees on issues ranging from e-cigarettes to Child Care Assistance Program eligibility. For directions on how to submit a witness slip, please click here.

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,

steans

 

 

 

Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th District

Education issues

  • Freshman Success Pilot Program – SB 1303 creates the Freshman Success Pilot Program for underfunded school districts to ensure high school freshmen remain on track for graduation.
    • Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
    • Committee: Education
  • Illinois Virtual School – SB 1212 provides for more affordable courses for needy schools and students through the Illinois Virtual School.
    • Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
    • Committee: Education
  • Teacher evaluations – SB 1213 removes student growth as a mandated factor in the evaluation of teachers and changes the teacher evaluation rating system from the current four-tiered system to a two-tiered system.
    • Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
    • Committee: Education
  • Teaching Excellence Program – SB 1460 prioritizes teachers in underfunded school districts when distributing funds for the Teaching Excellence Program.
    • Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
    • Committee: Education
  • Incident reporting from ISBE – SB 1940 requires ISBE to report the amount of days missed due to suspensions, the number of law enforcement officers assigned to schools and the amount of arrests made on school grounds, among other incidents.
    • Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
    • Committee: Education
  • Student loan refinancing – SB 1342 requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to develop and establish a student loan refinancing program for the purpose of purchasing outstanding federal, state or private student loans for Illinois residents who graduated from an institute of higher learning in the United States.
    • Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
    • Committee: Higher Education
  • Lottery for school technology – SB 1669 requires the Department of the Lottery to offer a special instant scratch-off game for the benefit of school technology by January 1, 2020.
    • Sponsor: Senator Iris Y. Martinez
    • Committee: Executive

Health and insurance issues

  • Mental health telecommunications – SB 25 permits interactive telecommunication system examinations to be used to determine if individuals should be involuntarily committed to a mental health treatment facility.
    • Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
    • Committee: Human Services
  • E-cigarettes – SB 1124 includes electronic cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products.
    • Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
    • Committee: Public Health
  • Needle and Hypodermic Syringe Access Program – SB 1828 creates the Needle and Hypodermic Syringe Access Program Act, which would allow organizations to establish and operate a needle and hypodermic syringe access program and sets forth objectives and specified service requirements under such a program.
    • Sponsor: Senator Melinda Bush
    • Committee: Public Health
  • E-cigarette use in public – SB 1864 includes e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products in the Smoke Free Illinois Act, prohibiting their use in public places and within 15 feet of entrances.
    • Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
    • Committee: Public Health
  • Mental health care coverage – SB 1449 requires insurance coverage parity for mental health and substance use disorders.
    • Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
    • Committee: Insurance
  • Medication costs – SB 1557 prevents pharmacy benefit managers from prohibiting pharmacists from prescribing cheaper medications.
    • Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
    • Committee: Insurance

Child welfare issues

  • Child welfare cases – SB 1116 allows for the disposition of cases regarding abused, neglected or dependent children that were properly filed before a minor’s 18th birthday, even if the minor reaches that age before the dispositional hearing.
    • Sponsor: Senator Laura Fine
    • Committee: Judiciary
  • Recognizing child abuse and neglect – SB 1778 requires mandated reporters to complete training on how to recognize symptoms of abuse and neglect in children.
    • Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
    • Committee: Human Services
  • Care for children aging out of DCFS – SB 1808 requires numerous state agencies to provide preventive services to youth in care of DCFS and young adults who are aging out of or have recently aged out of the department’s care.
    • Sponsor: Senator Robert Peters
    • Committee: Human Services

Consumer and civil law issues

  • Cybersecurity – SB 240 requires Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies to implement cybersecurity programs that are documented and written into policies and procedures to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their information systems.
    • Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
    • Committee: Financial Institutions
  • Collective bargaining – SB 1150 provides graduate assistants the right to collectively bargain.
    • Sponsor: Senator Laura Fine
    • Committee: Labor
  • Tax on checkout bags – SB 1240 institutes a 7 cent tax on paper, plastic or compostable checkout bags at stores.
    • Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
    • Committee: Revenue
  • Immigration status in civil cases – SB 1429 states that evidence of a person’s immigration status is inadmissible in a civil proceeding unless it is essential to prove an element of a case or is voluntarily given by the person.
    • Sponsor: Senator Ram Villivalam
    • Committee: Judiciary

Licensing issues

  • Written exams in foreign languages – SB 1164 requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to administer written examinations in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese upon request.
    • Sponsor: Senator Ram Villivalam
    • Committee: Licensed Activities
  • Licenses for undocumented immigrants – SB 1166 provides that no department shall deny an occupational or professional license based on the applicant’s citizenship status or immigration status.
    • Sponsor: Senator Iris Y. Martinez
    • Committee: Licensed Activities

Civil rights issues

  • Non-discrimination at assisted living facilities – SB 1319 ensures assisted living facilities are not discriminating against residents due to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and HIV status.
    • Sponsor: Senator Ram Villivalam
    • Committee: Human Services
  • Equity in jury service – SB 1378 prohibits anyone from being excluded from jury service on the basis of sexual orientation.
    • Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
    • Committee: Judiciary
  • Immigration status and licensing – SB amends the Civil Administrative Code to prohibit departments from denying an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.
    • Sponsor: Senator Iris Y. Martinez
    • Committee: Licensed Activities

Human services issues

  • Apprenticeship stipends – SB 1525 requires DCFS to provide eligible youth with an apprenticeship stipend to cover the costs associated with entering an apprenticeship.
    • Sponsor: Senator Robert Peters
    • Committee: Human Services
  • Child Care Assistance Program eligibility – SB 1679 raises the eligibility to quality for the Child Care Assistance Program from 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to 200 percent of the FPL.
    • Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson
    • Committee: Human Services
  • Eligibility for Medicaid, SNAP and TANF – SB 1735 exempts financial assistance from determining eligibility for Medicaid, SNAP and TANF benefits.
    • Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    • Committee: Human Services

Criminal justice reform issues

  • Mugshots on social media – SB 1699 prohibits police departments from posting mugshots on their social media accounts.
    • Sponsor: Steve Stadelman
    • Committee: Judiciary
  • Delinquent minors – SB 239 increases the age of delinquent minor from 18 to 21.
    • Sponsor: Senator Laura Fine
    • Committee: Criminal Law

Labor issues

  • Equal Pay Act – SB 1466 expands the Equal Pay Act to prohibit wage discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry.
    • Sponsor: Senator Cristina Castro
    • Committee: Labor
  • Human Rights Act – SB 31 eliminates the exclusion of immediate personal staff from the Human Rights Act.
    • Sponsor: Melinda Bush
    • Committee: Executive
  • State worker residence requirements – SB 1639 requires that state workers must live within the state.
    • Sponsor: Senator Laura Fine
    • Committee: State Government

Revenue issues

  • Sales tax revenue – SB 1132 caps the amount of sales tax revenue retailers may keep at $1,000.
    • Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    • Committee: Revenue
  • Plastic bag tax – SB 1240 institutes a 7 cent tax on checkout bags (paper, plastic or compostable).
    • Sponsor: Senator Terry Link
    • Committee: Revenue
  • Sales tax exemptions – SB 1858 exempts male and female condoms, incontinence products, diapers and baby wipes from the state’s sales taxes.
    • Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    • Committee: Revenue

Transportation issues

  • Cell phones while driving – SB 86 clarifies the ban on using a cell phone while driving.
    • Sponsor: Senator Steve Stadelman
    • Committee: Transportation
  • Digital registration stickers – SB 102 allows the Secretary of State to issue digital registration plates and stickers.
    • Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
    • Committee: Transportation
  • Free public transportation for qualified riders – SB 103 requires free public transportation to be provided for low-income high school students and disabled combat veterans.
    • Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
    • Committee: Transportation
  • License plates – SB 1531 requires only one license plate be issued to registered vehicles rather than two.
    • Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
    • Committee: Transportation

Pension issues

  • Teacher pensions – SB 1315 allows teachers and administrators employed by contract schools to become part of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. Allows paraprofessionals employed by charter or contract schools to become part of the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago.
    • Sponsor: Senator Omar Aquino
    • Committee: Government Accountability & Pensions

Property tax issues

  • Property tax exemption – SB 39 creates a property tax exemption for disabled firefighters and police officers.
    • Sponsor: Senator John Mulroe
    • Committee: Executive

Environmental issues

  • Motor fuel tax funds – SB 198 allows a county, township or municipality to use their allotted motor fuel tax funds for the operational costs of public transportation services; capital improvements designed to improve or enhance bicycle, pedestrian or transit mobility; and infrastructure used to support electric vehicles.
    • Sponsor: Senator Laura Fine
    • Committee: Transportation
  • Microplastics in water – SB 1392 requires the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a definition of “microplastics in drinking water” and set a standard methodology of testing.
    • Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
    • Committee: Environment & Conservation

Animal welfare issues

  • Animal testing – SB 241 bans the importation or sale of new cosmetic products that are used for animal testing.
    • Sponsor: Senator Linda Holmes
    • Committee: Agriculture

Committee schedule for Tuesday, March 5

  • Senate Appropriations II Committee | 11 a.m., Room 212
    Subject Matter On: FY 20 Budget Request For: Illinois State Board of Education, SB 2210

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  • Senate Education Committee| 1 p.m., Room 212

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  • Senate Public Health Committee| 1 p.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 1 p.m., Room 409

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  • Senate Higher Education Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212

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  • Senate Judiciary Committee | 3 p.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Human Services Committee | 3 p.m., Room 409

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  • Senate Transportation Committee | 5 p.m., Room 212

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  • Senate Criminal Law Committee | 5 p.m., Room 400

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Committee schedule for Wednesday, March 6

  • Senate Appropriations I Committee| 9 a.m., Room 212
    FY 20 Budget Request For The Following Agencies: SB 2220- Central Management Services (Including Group Health), SB 2209- IEMA, SB 2176- Procurement Policy Board, SB 2157- Department of Insurance, SB 2220, SB 2209, SB 2176, SB 2157

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  • Senate Local Government Committee| 9 a.m., Room 409

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  • Senate Government Accountability and Pensions Committee| 11 a.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Labor Committee| 11 a.m., Room 212

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  • Senate Financial Institutions Committee| 11 a.m., Room 409

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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 Committee | 2 p.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Revenue Committee| 4 p.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Insurance Committee| 4 p.m., Room 212

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Committee schedule for Thursday, March 7

  • Senate Agriculture Committee | 8 a.m., Room 409

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  • Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee | 9 a.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Appropriations II Committee | 9 a.m., Room 212
    FY 20 Budget Request For The Following Agencies: SB 2236- Court of Claims, SB 2193 Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund, SB 2197- GOMB, SB 2158- Illinois Power Agency, State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, SB 2236, SB 2193, SB 2197, SB 2158

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  • Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 11 a.m., Room 400

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  • Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee | 11 a.m., Room 212

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