January 5, 2018

The 100th General Assembly remains adjourned until later this month.  The Illinois House will reconvene January 23rd.  The Illinois Senate will reconvene on January 30th.  The bill drafting deadline for both chambers is February 2nd.  The deadline to file substantive legislation in both chambers is February 16th. Members in both chambers are filing legislation for consideration during the 2018 legislative session.
State Representative Lou Lang filed legislation this week (HB4214) to legalize and regulate sports betting in Illinois.   The bill is a shell bill at this time and does not yet contain substantive language.
The Illinois House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and IT Committee created a new subcommittee on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers.  The cryptocurrency subcommittee will be chaired by Representative Mike Zalewski.  Representative Zalewski has been working on legislative oversight of Bitcoin and the blockchain to ensure the innovative economic tools can be fully and securely implemented in Illinois.  The subcommittee is intended to be a vehicle for policymakers to better understand Bitcoin technology.
On January 22nd, committees in both the House and Senate will be conducting a joint hearing to discuss legislation to create the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (SB316 , HB2353 ).  The hearing will be held at 10am in Room C600 in the Bilandic Building in Chicago.
Committees in both the House and the Senate will be holding subject matter hearings in the coming weeks to discuss the redesign of the hospital assessment program.  Below is a complete listing of hearing information on these and other upcoming committee hearings.

 

Upcoming House Hearings:
1/9/2018
10:00 AM
Veterans’ Affairs Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Quincy Veterans’ Home Legionella Outbreak and Response.
JOINT HEARING WITH SENATE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
1/11/2018
2:00 PM
Appropriations-Human Services Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: HFS and IHA presentation on the redesign of the hospital assessment program.
1/12/2018
11:00 AM
Mental Health Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Addiction Parity
1/18/2018
10:00 AM
Appropriations-Human Services Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: HFS and IHA presentation on the redesign of the hospital assessment program.
1/19/2018
10:00 AM
Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: CPS’ Special Education Policy
Upcoming Senate Hearings:
1/9/2018
10:00 AM
Veterans Affairs
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: Quincy Veterans Home Legionella Outbreak and Response
JOINT HEARING WITH HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1/18/2018
10:00 AM
Appropriations I
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: HFS and IHA presentation of the redesign of the Hospital Assessment Program.
JOINT HEARING WITH HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS- HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
1/22/2018
10:00 AM
Appropriations I
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: Public Health and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. SB 316, HB 2353
Joint Hearing with Senate Public Health Committee, House Appropriations- Public Safety Committee, House Mental Health Committee, and House Health and Healthcare Disparities Committee
10:00 AM
Public Health
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: Public Health and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. SB 316, HB 2353
Joint Hearing with Senate Appropriations I Committee, House Appropriations- Public Safety Committee, House Mental Health Committee, and House Health and Healthcare Disparities Committee
2018 Key Session Dates:
January 31: Governor’s State of the State Address
February 2:  LRB Deadline, both chambers
February 14: Governor’s Budget Address
February 16:  Bill Introduction Deadline, both chambers
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

December 22, 2017 Update

The 100th General Assembly remains adjourned until January of 2018.  The Illinois House will reconvene January 23rd.  The Illinois Senate will reconvene on January 30th.  Below is a list of key deadlines for the upcoming Spring Session. Note the bill drafting deadline for both chambers is February 2nd.  The deadline to file substantive legislation in both chambers is February 16th.
Governor Rauner signed SB0867 (T. Cullerton/Sente) which reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs).  Under the new law, the filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. The law takes effect immediately.
Democratic State Representative Dan Bieser resigned his legislative seat effective December 17th.  A replacement has not been named at this time.
This week, Illinois opted into to the national First Responder Network, a communications network that is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. FirstNet, short for First Responder Network Authority, is an independent authority established within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  More information can be found here.
Eleven pieces of legislation passed during the 2017 Fall Veto Session are still awaiting action from the Governor.  The Governor has 60 days from receipt of the legislation to act upon the bill.
Bills Pending Governor Action (1st Yr)
b
LOCAL GOVERNMENT-TECH
12/07/2017
House
Sent to the Governor
h
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
12/07/2017
House
Sent to the Governor
h
PUBLIC AID-TECH
11/21/2017
House
Sent to the Governor
h
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
12/06/2017
House
Sent to the Governor
h
MITIGATION-POST-PARTUM DEPRESS
12/08/2017
House
Sent to the Governor
s
REGULATION-TECH
11/27/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
b
STUDENT ONLINE PROTECTION ACT
11/09/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
b
GO BOND AUTHORIZATION
11/09/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
h
HOME MEDICAL EQUIP-VARIOUS
11/07/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
b
SMHRF-PROVISIONAL LICENSES
12/07/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
b
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES MONITOR
11/09/2017
Senate
Sent to the Governor
2018 Key Session Dates:
January 31: Governor’s State of the State Address
February 2:  LRB Deadline, both chambers
February 14: Governor’s Budget Address
February 16:  Bill Introduction Deadline, both chambers
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

I want to with you a  Merry Christmas and hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.

December 15, 2017 Update

By way of a brief update – Governor Rauner signed legislation this week to require licensed prescribers to register with and use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, a database that records patient prescription histories.  The legislation is designed to make it harder for patients to “doctor shop” for opioid prescriptions.
Governor Rauner’s Cabinet on Children and Youth announced it is now using a new database dashboard that is designed to help policymakers and the public make better-informed decisions about the health safety, education and work readiness for Illinoisans under the age of 25. The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology created the dashboard to advance the aims of cabinet member agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and the departments of Public Health and Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  The new dashboard will track data in four categories – education, self-sufficiency, safety and health.  Education data points will include post-secondary retention rates and reading levels. Self-sufficiency measures include education attainment levels, median earnings for youth at 25 and student debt default rates. The safety data will track the percentage of youth living in “safe” neighborhoods, rates of domestic violence, incarceration and recidivism rates among other subjects.
The Illinois Department of Revenue is calling on the General Assembly to enact legislation to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations requiring that all revenue from State and local taxes on aviation fuel be spent on airports or airport systems. The General Assembly has been unable to agree on legislation that would either exempt aviation fuel from the affected taxes, or create a system to track tax revenue generated from aviation fuel sales for spending on airports.  According to the Department, failure to comply could cost the state as much as $129 million in federal sanctions in 2018 alone, and make the state ineligible for more than $67 million in federal assistance block grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). While the deadline for compliance has passed, revenue officials hope Illinois can avoid sanctions if the legislature passes legislation to bring the State into compliance as soon as possible.  In the meantime, IDOR has created a new tax form specifically for aviation fuel sales so that the State can begin tracking this revenue.

Upcoming House Hearingsm

12/18/2017
10:00 AM
Appropriations-Human Services Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Expenditures and Obligations of the Medicaid MCO Contracts.
12/19/2017
10:00 AM
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Cost of Maintaining Existing Infrastructure
1/12/2018
11:00 AM
Mental Health Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Addiction Parity

December 8, 2017 Update

Even though the General Assembly is not in session, we wanted to give you a brief update on some things that are happening in Illinois.  On Tuesday, the state’s chief procurement officer ruled that the recent $12.5 million no-bid contract with McKinsey and Company is not exempt from the state’s competitive bidding rules.  McKinsey was hired as part of a $60 billion program to expand managed health care for Medicaid patients. The Department argued that McKinsey’s services are exempt from competitive bidding because they are necessary to prepare for “an expected lawsuit”.  As a result of the ruling, Comptroller Susana Mendoza notified the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Wednesday that she would not pay the $12.5 million contract with consultant McKinsey for Medicaid-program assistance. The General Assembly continues to review and discuss the new MCO contracts through a series of committee hearings.
The candidate filing deadline for the 2018 elections is now closed.  Here is a link to the updated listing from the State Board of Elections that lists candidates that filed for statewide, congressional and legislative offices.
Two sitting legislators filed petitions this week to challenge incumbent state-wide officers.  Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives filed petitions this week to challenge first-term Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in the March 2018 primary election.  Ives argues she is offering a conservative alternative and promises to deliver on the policy revolution that voters were promised. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Michael Hastings filed petitions to challenge long-time incumbent Secretary of State Jesse White. White was first elected to office in 1999. Hastings indicated that he plans to run for the office in the event that White, who is 83 years old, decides to retire.  Secretary White confirmed he intends to run for re-election.
Senator Sam McCann announced this week that he will not seek reelection in the fall of 2018.  He will continue to serve until his term expires in January of 2019.
Upcoming House Hearings:
12/12/2017
1:00 PM
Appropriations-Human Services Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: HFS contract with McKinsey & Co.
12/19/2017
10:00 AM
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Cost of Maintaining Existing Infrastructure

Novermber 17, 2017 Update

The Illinois General Assembly remains adjourned until late January when the Legislature will begin the second year of the two-year 100th General Assembly.  Committees in both the Senate and the House have scheduled a series of legislative hearings.  See below for a complete listing of upcoming hearings.
This week, Senate Leaders announced appointments to the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.  Senate Democratic appointments are:  Senator Omar Aquino, Senator Scott Bennett, Senator Melinda Bush, Senator Bill Cunningham, Senator Mattie Hunter, Senator Toi Hutchinson, Senator Heather Steans, Julie Curry, Rikeesha Phelon, and Polly Poskin.  Two Senate Democratic appointments are pending.  Senate Republican appointments are Senator Pam Althoff, Senator Karen McConnaughay, Senator John Curran, Senator Jil Tracy, and Senator Dale Righter.  The Task Force will conduct a comprehensive review of legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment in both the public and private sectors. The Task Force will study and make recommendations on combating sexual discrimination and harassment in workplaces, educational institutions, and in State and local government.
Illinois House Leaders also made appointments this week to the House Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment.  House Democratic appointments are:  Representatives Kelly Burke, Kelly Cassidy, Deb Conroy, Sara Feigenholtz, Natalie Phelps Finne, Laura Fine, Mary Flowers, Robyn Gael, Latoya Greenwood, Will Guzzardi, Greg Harris, Lisa Hernandez, Fran Hurley, Stephanie Kifowit, Rob Martwick, Rita Mayfield, Christian Mitchell, Michelle Mussman, Carol Sente, Julianna Stratton, Katie Stuart, Litesa Wallace, Chris Welch, Ann Williams and Mike Zalewski.  House Republican Appointments are Representatives:  Sara Jimenez, Steve Andersson, Mark Batinick, Patricia Bellock, Avery Bourne, Terri Bryant, Tim Butler, Norine Hammond, Micahel McAuliffe, Tony McCombie, Margo McDermed, David Olsen, Lindsay Parkhurst, Nick Sauer, Allen Skillicorn, Barb Wheeler and Christine Winger.
Upcoming Senate Hearings
11/15/2017
12:00 PM
Telecommunications and Information Technology
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: The Illinois State Board of Elections’ Participation in the Interstate Crosscheck Program.
JOINT HEARING WITH HOUSE ELECTIONS & CAMPAIGN FINANCE COMMITTEE
11/28/2017
10:00 AM
Appropriations I
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: Economic Development and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. (SB316/HB2353)
Joint Hearing with Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee
10:00 AM
Commerce and Economic Development
C600 Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
Subject Matter On: Economic Development and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. (SB316/HB2353)
Joint Hearing with Senate Appropriations I Committee
Upcoming House Hearings
11/15/2017
12:00 PM
Elections & Campaign Finance Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Illinois State Board of Elections’ Participation in the Interstate Crosscheck Program
JOINT COMMITTEE WITH THE SENATE TELECOMM & IT COMMITTEE
11/16/2017
11:00 AM
Restorative Justice Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Parole and Probation in Illinois
CANCELED
11/21/2017
11:00 AM
Community College Access & Affordability Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: College Completion: City Colleges
CANCELED
11/28/2017
10:00 AM
Appropriations-Public Safety Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Economic Development and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. (SB 316/HB2353).
JOINT HEARING
10:00 AM
Economic Opportunity Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Economic Development and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. (SB 316/HB2353).
JOINT HEARING
10:00 AM
Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Economic Development and the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. (SB 316/HB2353).
JOINT HEARING
12/4/2017
11:00 AM
Mental Health Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Reported Barriers to Mental Health and Addiction Coverage by Illinois Providers.
12/5/2017
12:00 PM
Appropriations-Public Safety Committee
C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building – Chicago, IL
SUBJECT MATTER: Safety in DJJ and DOC.