May 6, 2018 Update

The Illinois Senate adjourned session for the week last Thursday. The Senate spent the week considering legislation at both the committee level and final passage. The House was not in session last week. Both chambers return to session on Tuesday, May 8th. May 11th is the deadline to pass substantive House Bills out of Senate committees. Four weeks remain in the Spring Legislative Session.
An amendment to create the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill was adopted this week in the Senate (SB337 / Harmon). The sponsor indicated that he is not prepared to call the bill on 3rd Reading at this time.
The Senate approved trailer legislation to the Trust Act passed last year (SB35 / Harmon ). The bill creates safe zones in which immigration enforcement is limited. The measure requires the Attorney General to create a model policy by April 1, 2019, on limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent permissible at locations including state-funded schools, state-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the secretary of state and state courts. The sponsor indicated that the bill was intended to address concerns raised by the law enforcement community. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Senate approved legislation to authorize drone us at large public events (SB2562 /Sandoval). The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Illinois Senate unanimously approved legislation (SB2339/Munoz-Costello) to close a loophole that allows persons arrested for car -jacking to avoid accountability in court. SB 2339 allows “knowledge” that a vehicle is stolen to be inferred from surrounding facts and circumstances, which would lead a reasonable person to believe that the vehicle was stolen. The legislation also creates a new process to deal with minors held for carjacking or possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The change would require minors charged with those crimes to be evaluated and given access to counseling and other recommended services. The bill now heads to the House where its fate is uncertain.
The Illinois Senate narrowly approved legislation (SB2213/Biss) which would require that Illinois environmental laws and regulations, as well as workplace safety laws, remain as strict or more stringent than federal laws in place before January 19, 2017. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
A House committee held a subject matter hearing on a resolution expressing support for a progressive income tax, HR1025 /Madigan. No vote was taken on the matter.  Republicans have introduced a similar resolution opposing a progressive income tax, SR1590 /Connelly and HR975/Durkin. Changing Illinois’ income tax structure requires voter approval of a constitutional amendment. A constitutional amendment to make this change will not meet the deadline requirements to be placed on the November 2018 ballot. Therefore, the soonest such a change could be put before voters is November 2020. Democratic Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker supports a progressive income tax. If he wins in November, it is likely discussions will continue on this issue.
2018 Key Session Dates:
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