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March 16, 2019 Update | Roger C. Marquardt & Co., Inc.

March 16, 2019 Update

Governor’s Highlights
Governor Pritzker continues to promote his graduated income tax. This week, he released a new “tax calculator” that will allow taxpayers to see what their taxes would be under his proposed graduated income tax proposal.
Meetings are underway between the Governor’s office and legislative working groups to discuss video gaming and legalizing cannabis. Both are part of revenue sources for Governor’s proposed FY 20 budget. This week, the Senate assigned their cannabis legalization vehicle bill (SB7/Steans) to the Senate Executive Committee.
Governor Pritzker joined Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in opposition to President Trump’s proposed 90 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Their joint statement: “The Great Lakes hold 21 percent of the world’s freshwater, and they are among the most vital ecological and economic resources in America. Slashing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90 percent would cost our states thousands of good-paying jobs, hurt our tourism and recreation industries, and jeopardize public health. This is a risk we simply can’t afford to take.”
101st General Assembly
Barbara Hernandez, a member of the Kane County Board, was sworn in as new representative of the 83rd House District. Hernandez, of Aurora, replaces Democratic State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, who resigned her legislative seat to become director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
A bill (HB345 /Lilly) that would raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from age 18 to 21 was fast-tracked this week in the Illinois General Assembly. TheHouse approved the legislation by a vote of 82-31 on Tuesday. Once arriving in the Senate, the Senate Assignments committee bypassed committee and sent the bill directly to the Senate Floor. On Thursday, the legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 39-16-1. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.
The Illinois House approved SB 1596 (Sims) by a vote of 70-40-1 before adjourning Thursday. The bill passed the Senate last week. SB 1596 is targeted towards workers who have developed latent illnesses or injuries after coming in contact with asbestos, radiation or beryllium in the workplace.  Specifically, the bill amends the Worker’s Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act to provide that provisions limiting recovery do not apply to injuries or death resulting from an occupational disease as to which the recovery of compensation benefits under the Act would be precluded due to the operation of any period of repose or repose provision. SB 1596 is headed to the Governor’s desk.
The LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Bill, HB246 (Moeller), passed the Illinois House by a vote of 60-42. The bill is now headed to the Illinois Senate. The House Transportation Committee approved HB2276(Carroll) which prohibits smoking in a car when a person under 18 years of age is present. HB 2276 is now headed to full House. HB252 (Guzzardi), which expands the Human Rights Act to employers with one or more employees, passed the House by a vote of 74-40. HB 252 is now headed to Senate. The Senate Environment and Conservation Committee approved legislation (SB2020 /Steans) which requires business, environmental and power agencies to work together to create a plan to make Illinois’ energy industry completely carbon-free by 2030. The bill now heads to the full Senate. The Illinois House also approved legislation (HB834/Moeller) by a vote of 86-28 which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about salary history. Two previous versions were vetoed by former Governor Rauner. The House Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee will hold a hearing on March 19 at 3:00 pm in Room C-1 of the Stratton Building to discuss conditions of Illinois bridges. Senate Appropriations I will hold a hearing on March 19 at 10 a.m. in Room 212 of the Capitol to discuss Department of Healthcare and Family Services FY 20 proposed budget. The House Revenue & Finance Committee will hold a hearing on March 21st at 8:30 am in Room 122B of the Capitol to discus local sales taxes and motor fuel tax. The House Personnel & Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on March 21st at 10:30 am in Room 118 of the Capitol to discuss downstate police and fire consolidation. Coming UpThe Illinois General Assembly stands adjourned for the week. Both chambers will reconvene on Tuesday, March 19at noon and will continue reviewing legislation at the committee level. March 22is committee deadline in the Senate. March 29 is committee deadline in the House.
Key Session DatesMarch 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 of 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 of Substantive Bills in 2nd chamber.May 31- ADJOURNMENT.