October 26, 2017 Update

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its first week of the two-week Fall Veto Session.  Both chambers return to Session on Tuesday, November 7th.
This week, the House overrode 10 of the Governor’s total and amendatory vetoes while the Senate overrode 4 of the Governor’s total and amendatory vetoes.  Neither chamber moved to accept any of the Governor’s specific recommendations for change outlined in the 8 amendatory veto messages pending before the General Assembly.  The Illinois House failed to override only three of the veto overrides considered by the chamber this week:  SB 1905 (right to work), HB 3216 (3rd party state contracts) and HB 2622 (work comp state fund) which are all detailed below.
Senate Veto Action:
The Illinois Senate voted 42-13 Tuesday to override the Governor’s veto of SB1905 (Silverstein/Moylan) which would ban local governments from setting up their own “right to work” zones. On Wednesday, the Illinois House failed by one vote (70-72-1) to override the veto of that measure.  The bill remains in the House on the order of Total Vetoes.  It is procedurally possible that this bill could be called again for a vote during the second week of the veto session; however, it is unknown if there would be enough votes to override the total veto.
The Illinois Senate also voted 42-9 to override the Governor’s total veto of SB419 (Link/Martwick) which rectifies a fire fighter pension issue. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Illinois Senate voted 37-19-0 to override the Governor’s veto of SB1351   (Biss/Guzzardi) which creates a student loan bill of rights specifically regarding the servicing of student loans.  The bill would require loan servicing firms to task specialists with explaining repayment terms and debt management options to student borrowers. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Illinois Senate also voted 49-7-1 to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of SB1462 (Holmes/Kifowit) which establishes the entrepreneur learner’s permit pilot program.  The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
House Veto Action:
The Illinois House failed to override (65-50-1) the Governor’s veto of HB2622 (Fine/Biss) which creates a state worker’s compensation fund.
The Illinois House also failed to override (67-47) the Governor’s veto of HB3216 (Wallace /Manar) which requires third party contracts entered into by the state to be in the best interest of the state.
The Illinois House voted unanimously 112-0-0 to override the Governor’s veto of the Debt Transparency Act, HB3649  (Crespo/Manar).  The bill requires all state agencies to report to the Comptroller the dollar amount of any bills that they receive and to indicate whether funding has been committed to pay off the obligations. The bill is an initiative of Comptroller Susana Mendoza.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 75-36 to override the Governor’s veto of HB3419 (Andrade/Martinez) which prohibits the state from doing business with expatriate entities. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 86-29 to override the Governor’s veto of HB688 (Zalewski/Cunningham) which allows firefighters to transfer credit to the Chicago fund in certain situations.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 71-40 to override the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of HB302 (Martwick/Collins) which would require life insurers to search their records for unpaid death benefits dating back to 2000.  The bill is an initiative of the State Treasurer.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 77-34 to override the Governor’s veto of HB732 (D. Burke/Martinez) which limits new roofing work to licensed workers only.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 79-36 to override the Governor’s veto of HB1797 (Davis/Trotter) which forgives the port authorities repayment of a state loan.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 80-33 to override the Governor’s veto of HB2462 (Moeller/Biss) which prohibits employers from asking for prior wage information during the hiring process.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 86-29 to override the Governor’s veto of HB2778 (Willis/Jones) which addresses fire protection annexation. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 77-36 to override the Governor’s veto of HB2977 (Welch/Lightford) which mandates the teaching of cursive writing in Illinois schools.  The bill now heads to the
Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House voted 73-41 to override the Governor’s veto of HB3143 (Gabel/Hunter) which adds youth services organizations to the Prompt Pay Act.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House unanimously voted 110-0 to override the Governor’s veto of HB3298 (Scherer/Manar) which addresses the substitute teacher shortage in Illinois.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Ann Williams indicated she will not seek an override vote of the Governor’s veto of her Geolocation Privacy Legislation contained in HB3449.
Other Legislative Action:
The Illinois House unanimously approved HB 4095/Harris in response to the massive Equifax data breach.  Under the legislation, credit reporting agencies would be prohibited from charging consumers to freeze or lift a freeze of their credit report.  The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration.
The Illinois House approved legislation (HB 185/Sims) to extend the sunset of the current eavesdropping exemption for law enforcement.  The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration.
A House committee approved legislation to ban bump stock modifications for firearms,  HB4117/Moylan, by a vote of 7-5.  Critics of the legislation argue that the bill goes beyond a bump stock ban because it addresses the broader issue of “trigger modification”.  The bill failed by a vote of 48-54 on Third Reading in the House.
Legislation to require training in sexual harassment for legislators, staff and lobbyists was filed in both chambers this week.  The bills follow an open letter from statehouse women outlining their account of what the letter deems “rampant sexual harassment in Illinois politics”.  The legislation is found on SB 0402 (HFA 0002) (Madigan), SB2248 (Biss) and HB4134(Wallace).  Additionally, Representative Feigenholtz filed a resolution, HJR83, which urges those in government to commit to working to change the culture that breeds sexual harassment.   The amendment to SB 402 is assigned to the House Personnel and Pensions Committee and will presumably be posted for a hearing in the coming weeks.
First-term Republican Governor Rauner announced this week that he will be seeking re-election in November 2018.