January 27, 2019 Update

On Tuesday, January 29, the Illinois General Assembly will convene at noon. Three Session days are scheduled for both chambers this week. The bill drafting deadline is Friday, February 1st for both chambers. For spring session, any legislation must be submitted to the Legislative Reference Bureau for drafting by the February 1 deadline.Governor’s Action
Recently signed Executive Orders:
Veteran’s Health and Safety: Executive Order 19-04 regarding the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs – a complete audit of the health, safety and security process with a report due within 120 days. That report should include a comprehensive review of opportunities for improvement as well as weaknesses and strengths at all Illinois Veterans’ Homes. Required details include policies, protocols and procedures related to: identification and remediation of health and safety issues; communication between state, federal and local agencies; communication with residents, family members and the public; and facility maintenance schedules that protect the health and safety of residents and workers.
Veterans Affairs will continue work with the Illinois Department of Public Health and consult state and national experts, residents and their family members and employees involved in providing critical care to residents. On January 22, 2019, the Manteno Veterans’ Home received the first preliminary water sample test results. These results showed low levels of Legionellosis at three fixtures. Additional testing was performed on January 23, 2019.
HB 40/Women’s Right to Choose: Executive Order 19-05 regarding Central Management Services – a review of all state employee group health insurance plans, barriers to women exercising their right to choose, and recommendations to bring all health insurance plans into compliance with the law within the next 60 days. Pritzker received media attention with his emphasis that this action will ensure the state is fully implementing HB 40 (Public Act 100-0538).
Environment: Pursuant to Executive Order 19-06 regarding the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – Illinois will join the U.S. Climate Alliance and commit to the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement. IEPA is to monitor the Trump Administration’s environmental proposals and identify opportunities to protect Illinoisans from environmental harm. Takes effect immediately.
Immigrant Rights:Executive Order 19-07 regarding Department of Human Services – expands access to welcoming centers and informs immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers of any state programs that promote human and civil rights and social and economic opportunity. Requires Human Services to review state appropriations for this specific purpose and report if they are being fully appropriated. The Department must coordinate with other state agencies to develop and disseminate a “know your rights” resource sheet.Governor’s Appointments

  • St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brenden Kelly will lead the Illinois State Police. Kelly currently serves as the State’s Attorney of St. Clair County, a post he’s held since 2010.
  • Illinois National Guard’s Chief of the Joint Staff, Col. Peter Nezamis, will serve as the Acting Assistant Adjutant General – Air and be promoted to brigadier general replacing retiring Maj. Gen. Ronald Paul.

Other Business
Some Senate Committees will meet next week. All members have been appointed to Senate committees. A listing of committee membership can be accessed here.  The House will adopt governing rules and finalize committee assignments.
Legislation to increase the minimum wage, SB1 (Lightford), is now assigned to the Senate Floor. This shell bill was assigned directly to Second Reading and bypassed the committee process. No substantive language to implement the minimum wage has been filed to the legislation at this time.
Assault ban legislation was filed in the Senate. SB107(Morrison) makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the Department of State Police in the time provided. The bill is pending in the Senate Assignment committee.
Rabbi Yehiel Kalish has been selected to replace Rep. Lou Lang who resigned from his Democrat House seat earlier this month. Kalish is the first ordained rabbi to serve in the Illinois General Assembly.
Key Session Dates February 1- DEADLINE for Senate and House LRB requests.February 15- DEADLINE for introduction of Substantive Senate and House bills.February 20- Governor’s Budget Address.February 26 – Consolidated Primary Election.March 22- DEADLINE for Substantive Senate bills out of Senate Committee.March 29 – DEADLINE for Substantive House bills out of House Committee.April 2- Consolidated Election.April 12- DEADLINE for third reading Substantive Senate bills and Substantive House bills.May 10- DEADLINE for Substantive bills out of Committee in 2nd chamber.May 24- DEADLINE for third reading Substantive bills in 2nd chamber.May 31- ADJOURNMENT.