Latest Bill Tracking Update: March 16, 2018
Latest Legislative Update: March 15, 2018
United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) tracks legislation pending before the Illinois General Assembly that is of interest to county government. Access to currently proposed legislation being tracked is available through the reports listed below. A schedule, by date, of those pieces of legislation being tracked by UCCI that are currently set for committee hearing is provided for your review and information, as well as, a listing of all bills that have passed both chambers.
SENATE 2018 Session Calendar HOUSE 2018 Session Calendar
LEGISLATIVE NEWS ... Latest Update, March 15, 2018
2018 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Session
As previously reported, the House is adjourned until Monday, April 9. The Senate was in session this week, but has now also adjourned, and will return to Springfield on Tuesday, April 10.
The Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20.
In some way, shape or form 609 pieces of legislation impact county government.
Governor Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address on February 14th, before a joint session of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives. Highlights of the various points made by the Governor in his Budget Address, as prepared by Mischa Fisher, Advisor to the Governor, Chief Economist, can be found here.
SB2638 ... Auditing Standards for Units of Local Government
Senate Local Government Committee addresses SB2638
SB2638 Synopsis as introduced, Senator James Clayborne, Jr., sponsor ... Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act. Provides that an audit report based on the governmental unit's selection of the accrual, cash, or modified cash basis of accounting meets all requirements for conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, including the certification of the accountant or accountants making the audit that the audit has been performed in compliance with generally accepted auditing standards. Effective immediately.
SB2638 Committee Hearing Update ... SB2638 was addressed in Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, May 14th. After a long discussion between the Comptroller's office and those supporting SB2638, it was agreed that SB2638 would be held on Second Reading and the interested parties would meet, discuss ... and, hopefully, come up with agreed-to language that can then be addressed by the full Senate chamber.
Public Act 100-554 ... Requirement to Establish a Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment
The provisions of Public Act 100-554 require each governmental entity to adopt, by January 16, 2018, an ordinance or resolution establishing a policy to prohibit sexual harassment. The requirements of what that policy should include are specifically spelled out in Section 70-5.
UCCI legal counsel, Giffin-Winning-Cohen-Bodewes, has prepared both a model ordinance and a model policy designed specifically for counties to adopt, in tandem, that strictly address the requirements of the Act.
You may find, or already be aware of, other "boilerplate" models circulating around. County Board Members should carefully consider any models proposed to their Boards to determine if they are consistent with existing policies and meet their particular needs.
Access UCCI Model Ordinance here.
Access UCCI Model Policy here.
Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act ... SB1451 HA#2
House Amendment #2 to SB1451 was offered on Tuesday, November 7th.
Below is a summary of this amendment, and what it does and does not do.
Addresses concerns with public safety conflicts
- Requires critical information about equipment be provided as part of application process
- Creates a process to address interference issues between commercial and public safety equipment at the wireless provider’s expense
- Allows local government to terminate permits if interference issues not resolved
Provides additional authority for local governments to regulate deployment
- Enhances protections in residential/mixed use neighborhoods and designated historic/landmark areas
- Allows local governments greater flexibility to recommend alternative locations
- Provides ability to regulate equipment size and height
- Requires appropriate stealth measures where applicable
- Prevents non-wireless providers or other private companies from accessing local government facilities
- Provides process to address abandoned equipment
- Extends timeframe to review new pole applications
Alleviates fiscal impact on local taxpayers
- Increases permit fees to compensate local taxpayers for the cost of performing highly technical permit reviews - $1,000 for installing a new pole and $650 for a single collocation application and $350 each for applications that are batched in groups of 2-25 (Senate version was $350 for all permit fees which did not take into account unique costs of reviewing new poles or standalone collocation requests)
- Preserves the terms of existing agreements between local governments and wireless providers for two years from enactment (Senate version only six months)
- Provides a three year “sunset” to address issues that emerge from the impact of deployment
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