February 23, 2018 Update

The Illinois Senate adjourned for the week. The Illinois House was not in session this week. Both chambers return to session for three days beginning Tuesday, February 27th at noon. Over the next few weeks, the Illinois General Assembly will continue to review legislation at the committee level. The primary election is March 20th. The deadline to pass substantive legislation out of committee in the first chamber is April 13th.
The Senate Financial Institutions Committee unanimously approved legislation, HB 4905 (G. Harris), to prohibit a consumer reporting agency from imposing a charge on a consumer for placing a freeze or removing a freeze on his or her credit reports.  The legislation is in response to the Equifax data breach. HB 4905 is now pending before the full Senate.
The Senate Executive Committee approved legislation, SB 2275(Cunningham), to create the Marijuana Legalization Referendum Act. Under the bill, a statewide, non-binding referendum would be submitted to voters in the 2018 general election asking whether individuals support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by those 21 and older.  The bill now heads to the full Senate.
A Senate committee approved legislation(SB2544 /T. Cullerton) which will speed up the local governmental consolidation process by decreasing the waiting period from 150 days to 60 days after the first county audit is performed. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House Appropriations – Human Services Committee will hold a subject matter hearing on the hospital assessment program on February 27th at 9:30 am in Room C-1 of the Stratton Building. In addition, the Senate Human Services Committee will hold a subject matter hearing on the same topic on February 27th at 3:15 pm in Room 409. No additional hospital assessment amendments have been filed at this time.
Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey will leave her position in March to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. The executive inspector general investigates misconduct complaints against the executive branch, multiple state agencies and more than 300 boards and commissions. A replacement has not been named.
2018 Key Session Dates:
March 20: Primary Election
April 13: Committee Deadline, both chambers
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