March 9, 2018 Update

The Illinois House has adjourned until Monday, April 9th. The Senate returns to session on Tuesday, March 13th for three days. The primary election is March 20th.
The relatively quiet session continued this week and we expect it to continue until after the primary election on March 20th.
The House did take up a few items of note:
The Illinois House approved trailer legislation (HB5812 /Davis) to clean-up the education funding bill approved last year. The bill was suggested by the State Board of Education for the purposes of cleaning up the evidenced based funding formula. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House narrowly approved, by a vote of 66-11, HB4743 (Ford) which amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to provide that no employer may discriminate between employees by paying wages to an African-American employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee who is not African-American for the same or substantially similar work on a job that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The House Labor Committee approved legislation (HB4595/Fine) by a vote of 15-9 which would create a state-run worker’s compensation fund. The bill is now pending before the full House.
As of this writing, the Governor has not yet acted upon the hospital assessment and managed care organization reforms sent to him last week on SB 1773 and SB 1573.
The Illinois House did not consider legislation this week 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. HB 4081/Halpin is still pending before the full House. No further action was taken this week on the gun legislation pending before the full House. Negotiations continue and further amendments are likely.
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