April 20, 2018 Update

The Illinois General Assembly has adjourned for the week. Both chambers return to session on Monday, April 23rd in the late afternoon and are scheduled to be in session all five days next week. Both chambers spent the week primarily considering legislation for final passage. The Third Reading Deadline for both chambers is Friday, April 27th.
Republican State Senator Sam McCann announced this week that he will run for Governor as a Third-Party Candidate. McCann and his running mate, Veterans’ Rights Activist Aaron Merreighn, will join the Illinois Gubernatorial race as Conservative Party candidates. They will face Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. McCann will need to gather 25,000 valid petition signatures by late June to qualify as a new third-party candidate.
A House Committee approved Floor Amendment # 3 to HB68/Lang which would create a private right of action for patients, providers and other advocacy organizations to sue health plans for mental health parity and creates additional reporting requirements. Floor Amendment 3 is now pending before the full House. HB 68 is currently on 2nd Reading in the House.
After a lengthy debate, the Illinois House approved legislation to create the General Drug Pricing Fairness Act, HB4900/Guzzardi, by a vote of 65-38-1 . An amendment was filed in the House but not considered prior to the passage of the bill. The sponsor pledged that the language of the House amendment would be adopted in the Senate and then the bill will return to the House for concurrence.
Republican Senators McConchie, and Connelly, filed an amendment this week to SB2670 which would allow voters in counties that operate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law the ability to go to voter referendum to lower property levies for local taxing bodies. To force a taxing body in a PTELL county to reduce taxes, voters would need to gather petition signatures equal to 10 percent of the people in the taxing district who voted in the last gubernatorial election. The sponsors argue this bill will empower voters to reign in “high property taxes”. The amendment is assigned to the Senate Revenue Committee. A hearing has not yet been scheduled on the matter. The underlying bill is on 2nd Reading in the Senate.
The Illinois House approved legislation by a vote of 71-39-1 (HB4113 /Ammons) which provides that a retirement system or pension fund must make audio and video available for an open meeting broadcast to the public and maintained on the retirement system or pension fund’s website. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Senator Castro filed and amendment this week in the Illinois Senate (SB 0202 (SFA 0001)) to create the Fair Scheduling Act to require employers to provide work schedules to employees at least 72 hours before the start of the first shift of the work schedule. A similar bill received a subject matter hearing in the House Labor Committee earlier in the session, but was not called for a vote.
Senator Biss filed an amendment this week in the Illinois Senate (SB 0354 (SFA 0001)) to create the Affordable Long-Term Services and Supports for Illinois Families Act. Under the amendment, the State would be required to have, by January 1, 2010, a long-term services and supports benefit or program for those who have a long-term care need consistent with the level of care criteria in place at the time the legislation takes effect for existing long-term care programs. Provides that the benefit is not intended to replace the Community Care Program, the Home Services Program, the Home-Based Support Services Program, or any other long-term services and supports provided under the State’s Medical Assistance Program; and that the benefit must be made available by January 1, 2025. The amendment is pending before the Senate Assignments committee.
The Illinois Senate approved SB 2958/Althoff which is “clean up” legislation for the State Tax Lien Registration Act, and provides that the notice of tax lien shall also include the county or counties where the real property of the debtor to which the lien will attach is located. The legislation provides that a tax lien that is filed in the registry shall be attached to all of the existing and after-acquired real and personal property of the debtor. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The House narrowly approved by a vote of 61-49 legislation, HB 4081/Halpin, which would require any business that moves their call center operations out of the nation or state to notify the Treasurer’s office within 120 days.   Violators would face a $10,000 civil penalty. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
2018 Key Session Dates:
April 27: Third Reading Deadline for bills in first chamber, both chambers
May 11: Senate Committee Deadline, House Bills
May 18: House Committee Deadline, Senate Bills
May 25: Third Reading Deadline for bills in second chamber, both chambers
May 31:   Adjournment