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
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• Senate Education Committee | 4:35p.m., Room 212
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Committee schedule for Tuesday, May 22

• Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee| 9 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Judiciary Committee |10 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Human Services Committee | 10 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Higher Education Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Executive Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 4 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Insurance Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Revenue Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 212
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Committee schedule for Wednesday, May 23

• Senate Local Government Committee | 9:15 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Labor Committee | 10 a.m., Room 212
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• Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee | 11 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 Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care | 5  p.m., Room 400
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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.
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• 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
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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.

 

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

• 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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Senator Steans

May 1, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingPlease find a list of noteworthy bills that will be heard in the Senate this week below. I encourage you to continue to fill out witness slips on issues that are important to you. Witness slips are read into the record at the beginning of each hearing and provide lawmakers with additional information on where the public stands on each 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

 

Criminal law issues

• Parking penalties - HB 3920 lowers the penalty for driving with a driver's license suspended for an unpaid parking ticket, automated camera or unpaid child support to a petty offense.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: Senate Criminal Law


• DCFS employees - SB 2272 expands the offense of aggravated battery to include battery committed against employees of the Department of Children and Family Services
     o Sponsor: Senator Tim Bivins
     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

• School psychologist - HB 4409 streamlines the certification process for school psychologists by stating that a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential suffices.
     o Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford
     o Committee: 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


• Bachelor's degree - HB 4956 works to address the teacher shortage by creating a three-year bachelor's degree in teaching completion program.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Education


• Retired teachers - HB 3080 allows downstate retired teachers to return to work for a school district for a limited time without impairing their retirement status.
     o Sponsor: Senator Andy Manar
     o Committee: Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions

 

Environmental issues

River• 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

 

Finance issues

• Credit unions - HB 4541 adds credit unions to the list of financial institutions from which municipalities may borrow.
     o Sponsor: Senator David Koehler
     o Committee: Senate Financial Institutions


• Pawn - HB 4733 clarifies that when a person is found to be the owner of stolen property that has been pawned, the pawnbroker must return that property at no cost to the owner.
     o Sponsor: Senator Don Harmon
     o Committee: Senate Financial Institutions

 

Human service issues

• Medicaid providers - HB 4383 allows a Medicaid enrollee to switch managed care organizations if their current MCO terminates a contract with their primary care provider in order for the Medicaid patient to stay with their primary care provider.
     o Sponsor: Senator Heather Steans
     o Committee: Senate Human Services

 

Public health issues

• Vaccine information - HB 4440 requires the Department of Public Health to provide all nursing home facilities with educational information on all vaccines recommended by the CDC.
     o Sponsor: Senator John Mulroe
     o Committee: Senate Public Health

 

State government issues

• Use of state funds - HB 4243 prohibits state funds from being paid to any person in exchange for his or her silence or inaction related to an allegation or investigation of sexual harassment.
     o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
     o Committee: Senate Government Reform

• Severance agreements - HB 4242 requires local governments, school districts, community college districts and other local taxing bodies to provide public information about severance agreements with employees or contractors who have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.
     o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary

• Environmental and social policies - SR 1606 urges the members of the General Assembly to come together in a bipartisan manner to develop policies that consider both our environmental and social systems.
     o Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
     o Committee: Senate Judiciary

• Zoning - HB 4711 clarifies that counties, townships and municipalities, as well as the officials serving them, cannot be sued based on zoning violations for acts related to enforcing, administering or implementing zoning regulations unless the violation relates to county-owned property.
     o Sponsor: Senator John Curran
     o Committee: Senate Local Government

• Benefits - HB 5760 freezes the General Assembly's mileage reimbursement and per diem rates and provides that there will be no cost of living adjustment next year for members of the General Assembly.
     o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
     o Committee: Senate Government Reform

• Dissolution of election commission - HB 5123 would allow a county board to dissolve its election commission and transfer its functions to the county clerk.
     o Sponsor: Senator Tom Cullerton
     o Committee: Senate Executive

 

Transportation issues

• Design build - SB 3002 authorizes the Illinois Department of Transportation to use the design-build and construction manager-general contractor delivery method of source selection for highway construction projects.
     o Sponsor: Senator Martin Sandoval
     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


• Rear-facing seat - HB 4377 requires any child under the age of two to be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system.
  Texting while driving   o Sponsor: Senator Michael Hastings
     o Committee: Senate Transportation


• 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

 

Committee schedule for Tuesday, May 1

 

• Senate Education Committee | 3 p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Public Health Committee| 3 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Veterans Affairs Committee | 3 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Higher Education Committee | 4:15 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Judiciary Committee |4:30 p.m., Room 400
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Human Services Committee | 5:15 p.m., Room 409
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Transportation Committee | 5:30  p.m., Room 212
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance | 5:30 p.m., Room 400
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Criminal Law Committee | 5:35 p.m., Room 400
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Wednesday, May 2

 

• Senate Local Government Committee | 9:15 a.m., Room 409
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• Senate Financial Institutions | 10:30 a.m., Room 409
To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

• Senate Government Reform Committee| 10:30 a.m., Room 400
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• Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues | 3 p.m., Room 212
Subject matter hearing on SB 2310, SB 3512 and SB 3542
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• Senate State Government Committee| 3 p.m., Room 409
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• Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee | 3 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Executive Committee | 3:45 p.m., Room 212
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• Senate Insurance Committee | 4:45 p.m., Room 400
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• Senate Revenue Committee | 4:45 p.m., Room 212
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Committee schedule for Thursday, May 3

 

• Senate Environment and Conservation Committee | 10 a.m., Room 409
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