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Legislative Bill Tracking Latest Update March 20, 2020


Legislative News Section

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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Legislative Bill Tracking

Public Act Highlights

Session News/2020 House & Senate Session Calendars

UCCI Newsletter

Other News of Interest


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) ... Impacting County Boards   

Obviously, the Coronavirus is a fluid and rapidly developing situation, so it is best for County Boards to be familiar with the guidelines and adjust accordingly to specific scenarios as they arise. UCCI will provide updates and additional information to the information below periodically.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, ILLINOIS

Additional Information & References

NACo/Local Leader Conference Call Briefings on COVID-19
 Updates here

NACo/Statewide Associates
COVID-19 2020 State Government Overview Report
March 16, 2020

U.S. House of Representatives Passes
'Families First Coronavirus Response Act'
H.R. 6201
March 14, 2020

'What's Included in the Coronavirus Response Package'
CBS New Article by Grace Segers
March 14, 2020

UCCI Illinois Counties Code/OMA Memo ~ County Board Holding of Meetings
March 12, 2020

Briefing Call with State & Local Elected Officials
White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
March 12, 2020
William F. Crozer, EOP/WHO

Job-Protected Leave
Forbes Article (Excerpt)


Legislative Bill Tracking

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. 


Public Act Highlights
UCCI Tracked Legislation Recently Signed into Law

Public Act 101-0593 (SB1557) Recreational Cannabis
(Clean-up language on previously passed recreational cannabis legislation) 

Public Act 101-0177 Illinois Equal Pay Act NOTICE

Public Act 101-0544 (SB1236) Legislation Summary

Public Act 101-0419 (SB1806) Audits


Session News/2020 House & Senate Session Calendars

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPRING SESSION …
An Era of Orderly Timeframe for Legislative Review is in Jeopardy

The Illinois General Assembly has for many years established an orderly calendar, wherein the legislative review of pending proposals is established weeks, if not months, in advance. The meeting dates for the 101st Session/2020 were established in November of 2019. That calendar contains various dates that call for the deadline of the introduction of legislative proposals (with a mechanism to make adjustments), the last date to hear such a proposal in a committee, the last date to pass a proposal in the chamber of origin, dates to meet similar timeframes in the second chamber … and, finally, the date for adjournment.

Many of these dates can be altered by agreement within the members of the General Assembly. Some, however, are cast in stone and backed by the Illinois Constitution. An example would be an amendment to the Illinois Constitution. Such an amendment must be voted on by the people of Illinois, and the wording of that proposed constitutional amendment must have passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly 180 days prior to the November general election. This date falls during the first week of May. The fiscal year for the State of Illinois is July 1. Failure to meet this date causes untold problems.

During the current medical crisis gripping our nation, very little legislative activity has taken place to date. Next week was to be the date wherein all bills in the chamber of origin were to be acted upon by committees with oversight of the subject matter addressed by those individual proposals. This will not happen in either the Illinois Senate or the House of Representatives. Session has been cancelled until some unknown future date.

Each chamber does have a window of nonscheduled activity (spring break) and they could meet in that timeframe … provided the current medical crisis abates enough to have meetings of large numbers of people. The suggestion to allow legislators to meet by electronic means has been met with hostile outcries from many corners, claiming to do so would deny interested parties from participating in the legislative process.
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March 27th deadline for bills to be considered in CommitteeHundreds of bills have been assigned for committee action. However, progress is moving at a slow pace with many bill sponsors not necessarily showing a sense of urgency in having scheduled hearings held. Three legislative weeks remain before the House and Senate deadline for bills to be considered in committee and sent to the full chamber for consideration.
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Budget AddressGovernor Pritzker delivered his Budget Address on February 19th, providing additional details on his administration's plans and proposals.

State of the State Address, January 29 … Governor Pritzker reflected on the accomplishments of his first year in office, reported on the current fiscal condition of the state, and provided a look into the priorities of his administration in the coming months … ethics reforms for Illinois General Assembly members and the lobbying community; property tax reforms; renewable/clean energy programs; and, social/criminal justice system reforms.

Harmon Elected as Senate President ... The Senate convened on Sunday, January 19, 2020, and elected Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) to replace retiring Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago).

Harmon was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and now serves as the 39th President of the Illinois State Senate. 

President Harmon announced his leadership team on the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session.   


See the 2020 Session Calendars below for a complete listing of both the House and Senate Spring Session events.

SENATE 2020 Session Calendar             HOUSE 2020 Session Calendar


UCCI Newsletter

2020 Newsletter
     January Issue
     February Issue
     March Issue


Other News of Interest

President Trump Commutes Sentence of former Governor Blagojevich