Senator Steans

November 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingIn the wake of widespread sexual harassment claims, the legislature is taking swift action to improve the work environment in Springfield. On Saturday, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed former U.S. Attorney Julie Porter to the position of legislative inspector general. The post had been vacant for two years. The House of Representatives is holding a hearing this week on HJR 83, which urges those in government to change the culture of sexual harassment in Springfield. The House may also consider Senate Bill 402, which would increase sexual harassment awareness training for all staff, lobbyists and members of the General Assembly. I look forward to addressing this issue in the Senate.

 

This week is the Senate’s last chance to take action on legislation the governor vetoed. It is also the last time the Senate will convene until January.

 

At this point, many pieces of legislation that the Senate is likely to take action on have already been debated in committee. As such, bills can move directly to the floor for final action.

 

Some issues that have already been debated in committee and may be addressed this week include:

  • HB 2462, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history. The House overrode the governor’s veto during the last legislative week. It has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 302, which requires insurance companies to periodically check any unclaimed life insurance policies against a state death registry to ensure families are receiving their due life insurance payouts. The House overrode the governor’s veto and the legislation has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 3649, which requires each state agency to provide a report to the State Comptroller that details the liabilities held at the agency. The House unanimously overrode the governor’s veto. This bill has been placed on the Senate calendar.

  • HB 4095, which prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging individuals to freeze or remove a freeze to their credit report. This legislation passed the House following the Equifax data breach.

 

Below please find a list of noteworthy legislation that will be considered in Senate committees this week. You can watch or listen to committee hearings in real-time here. For directions on how to submit a witness slip and make your opinion known on legislation, 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.

 

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

 

Noteworthy legislation in committee this week

 

  • Downstate energy market – SB 2250 creates a market-based bidding process for all energy market participants in downstate Illinois. It allows the Illinois Power Agency to develop procurement plans. Currently the bidding process is conducted by Midcontinent Independent System Operators.

  • Nursing home licensing – HB 1281 extends the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act until Jan. 1, 2028. Currently, the act is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018, which may affect federal matching for Medicaid funding.

  • Opposition to federal tax code changes - SR 1053 states that the Illinois Senate strongly opposes any efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to eliminate the state and local tax deduction. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have discussed removing the state and local deduction, also known as SALT, as a way to pay for their proposed tax cuts for the wealthy. The state and local deduction allows families that pay state and local income or sales tax to deduct those taxes from their federal income tax.

  • Law enforcement eavesdropping – Currently, law enforcement officers with prior State’s Attorney approval are permitted to eavesdrop for up to 24 hours when investigating certain offenses. HB 185 extends this allowance until Jan. 1, 2020.

 

Committee Schedule for Nov. 7

All committee hearings are held in the Capitol building unless otherwise noted.

 

  • Senate Subcommittee on Confined Animal Feeding Operations subject matter hearing on confined animal feeding operation regulations
    9 a.m., Room 409

  • Senate Energy and Public Utilities joint subject matter hearing with the House Energy Committee on SB 2250
    9:30 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Local Government Committee subject matter hearing on SB 2261
    11 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
    1:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate State Government Committee
    1:30 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Public Health Committee
    2:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Criminal Law Committee
    3:15 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee Schedule for Nov. 8

 

  • Senate Public Health Committee subject matter hearing on spinal muscular atrophy
    9 a.m., Room 400

  • Senate Executive Committee
    10 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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Senator Steans

October 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThe Illinois Senate is reconvening for the fall session today. This is an opportunity to address new legislation and legislation that passed both chambers but was vetoed by the governor. In order for legislation to pass during the fall session, it must receive a three-fifths majority in both chambers.

 

Below please find a list of noteworthy legislation that will be considered in Senate committees this week below. You can watch or listen to committee hearings in real-time here. For directions on how to submit a witness slip and make your opinion known on legislation, 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.

 

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

 

 

Noteworthy legislation in committee this week

  • SNAP benefits for college students - SB 351 addresses the governor’s veto of HB 3211. It requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to identify college students who may be eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

  • Running for office - SB 225 would allow a person who has previously been convicted of a felony to hold office under certain conditions, such as if the individual completed their sentence.

     

Committee Schedule for Oct. 24

All committee hearings are held in the Capitol building unless otherwise noted.

  • Senate Executive Appointments Committee
    2 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Human Services Committee subject matter hearing on testimony on the Department of Children and Family Services' hotline and investigative process
    3:30 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee Schedule for Oct. 25

 

  • Senate State Government Committee
    10 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Executive Committee
    10 a.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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Senator Steans

October 19, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

With recent presidential executive orders and a Republican-controlled Congress, I believe it is now more important than ever to make Illinois the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

I encourage you to join me at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 for a free screening of the documentary film “Equal Means Equal,” followed by a panel discussion about the ERA and what comes next. Click here to reserve your ticket.

 

Panelists will include Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Lou Lang, Illinois National Organization for Women President Michelle Fadeley, Val Krejcie from the League of Women Voters and me.

 

The event will take place in the Niles West High School auditorium, 5701 Oakton St., Skokie. Click the video to the right to watch the “Equal Means Equal” trailer.

 

As a bit of background, there is no federal constitutional provision that expressly guarantees equality on the basis of sex under current law. To add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 38 state legislatures must vote to ratify the ERA with a three-fifths majority. To date, 36 states have ratified the ERA, with Nevada voting for it this past spring. I have been working to ratify the ERA in Illinois for several years. This past winter, I introduced SJRCA 4 to work on this effort again.

 

Please join me on Oct. 29 to learn more about the ERA, past efforts and what we can do going forward to add equal rights for women to the constitution.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

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

 

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The Illinois Senate will reconvene for the fall session beginning Tuesday, Oct. 25. If you would like to receive updates about noteworthy bills that are scheduled to be heard in committee, click here to sign up.

 

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Senator Steans

September 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Yesterday the House sent legislation to protect women’s reproductive rights to the governor. He now has 59 days to either sign or veto the legislation. As the Senate sponsor of House Bill 40, it is my hope that he will uphold his commitment to support this legislation, but he needs to hear from you.

 

The governor has changed his position on this legislation several times. As a candidate, he wrote that he would “work to ensure equal access to contraception and abortion services” and that he did not like the restrictions to abortion coverage under Illinois law. This past April, though, he vowed to veto HB 40. As recently as last week, he said he was undecided.

 

I encourage you to join me in this fight for women’s reproductive rights by calling the governor at 217-782-0244 or emailing him and voicing your support for HB 40.

 

Up until yesterday, the Senate had placed a parliamentary hold on House Bill 40 to give the governor time to reconsider his pledge to veto it. I am heartened by recent reports that he has stepped back from his threat. This is his opportunity to stand on the right side of history and reaffirm that Illinois will remain a state where women can legally exercise their right to choose.

 

House Bill 40 will provide women with the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions regardless of their income level, employer or any changes at the federal level. Without this legislation, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion would become illegal in Illinois. Given the uncertainty at the federal level, I believe it is paramount that Illinois law is updated to ensure access to safe and legal reproductive health care.

 

House Bill 40 also extends access to abortion services to women on Medicaid and state health insurance. It is my belief that all women should have access to these services regardless of their income level or employer.

 

Again, you can let the governor know that you want him to sign HB 40 by calling him at 217-782-0244 or emailing him here.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

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

 

 

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