Legislative Bill Tracking Latest Update April 19, 2021
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lEGISLATIVE BILL TRACKING 102nd Illinois General Assembly
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.
Session News/2021 House & Senate Session Calendars
HOUSE SESSION SCHEDULE UPDATE ~ Spring Break
SENATE SESSION SCHEDULE UPDATE ~ Spring Break
ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOUSE & SENATE COMMITTEES
The 102nd Illinois General Assembly House Committees and Chairs have been announced by Speaker Welch, including six new committees to work on pressing priorities facing Illinois residents during this time of crises.
* The House Committee Chairs list can be found here. Speaker Welch’s memo to his members, in which he also talks about committee hearings being held throughout the week instead of just Tuesday through Thursday can be reviewed here.
The 102nd Illinois General Assembly Senate Committees list combined the two previous Appropriations committees into one, established the following new committees ... Behavioral & Mental Health, Health, Healthcare Access & Availability, Human Rights, Public Safety, Redistricting, and Tourism & Hospitality ... while eliminating the Human Services and Public Health Committees.
* The full Senate Committees list is available here.
The Senate's new rules now allow for bills to be assigned to multiple committees for hearings, and when that happens those bills will have to be approved by all the committees which are given jurisdiction before they can be heard on the Senate floor.
The Parliamentary Rules adopted by the Senate are also available.
CONTACTING SPONSORS OF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS
From time to time, UCCI will be requesting that our members contact the primary sponsor of various legislative proposals, be they proposals that might be beneficial to local government or proposals that would be detrimental.
This can be done electronically, which is maybe not the best method but the one that is available to us during the current COVID-19 environment.
When opposing a legislative proposal, you should not only indicate your opposition but also state your reasons why! It is an appropriate courtesy to extend to the sponsor.
As elected county board members you expect your constituents to express the basis of their opposition or support. We should extend the same to members of the Illinois General Assembly.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & POLICE REFORMS ... HB3653, the criminal justice and police reforms bill, was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on February 22, 2021.
Among the policy reforms is the elimination of monetary bail, which allows judges to release people before trial, with the exception of those charged with certain felonies or if the accused person presents a risk of harming others or fleeing.
The package also includes a requirement that all police officers wear body cameras by 2025, a ban on all police chokeholds, new guidelines for decertification of police officers, and an end to suspended licenses for failure to pay, among several other changes.
Different sections of Public Act 101-0652 have different effective dates. A table showing when specific sections will become effective is available at this link.
Full HB3653 UCCI Summary is available at this link.
SENATE 2021 Spring Session Calendar
HOUSE 2021 Spring Session Calendar
Members of the 102nd Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
State of the State Address/Budget Address …
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker delivered a combined State of the State Address and Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget Address. The documents below are provided for your review and information:
The Budget Address, as required by the Illinois Constitution, is an important early step in the budget process. However, it is ultimately up to the Illinois General Assembly to pass a budget.
MADIGAN ANNOUNCES HIS RESIGNATION
On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Mike Madigan submitted his resignation as State Representative of the 22nd Illinois House District, effective at the end of the month. Madigan served 36 years as Speaker of the House and 50 years as a State Representative.
The resignation announcement comes a month after Representative Emanuel 'Chris' Welch replaced Madigan as Illinois House Speaker.
Read Madigan's resignation statement here.
PUBLIC ACT HIGHLIGHTS
UCCI Tracked Legislation Signed into Law
Public Act 101-0653 (HB4276)
Signed by Governor Pritzker February 26, 2021
Extends protections to first responders/frontline workers COVID-19
Public Act 101-0652 (HB3653) Criminal Reform
Signed by Governor Pritzker February 22, 2021
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
'CONNECT ILLINOIS' News & Updates
Office of Broadband
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Resources for Rural America
DCEO/Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Newsletter
Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to Launch by May 1
February 22, 2021 'Amidst a Winter Freeze'
January 25, 2021 'Seizing the Broadband Moment'
January 11, 2021 'New Data on Illinois' Digital Divide
December 21, 2020
December 7, 2020
November 23, 2020 "Illinois' Digital Equity Push'
2020 U.S. Census … Your Response Matters
The Census is more than a population count.
It's an opportunity to shape your community's future.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way, as they are currently scheduled:
- By December 31, 2020: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President as required by law.
- April 1, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Click here to learn more
Census Bureau Intergovernmental Affairs Update/Quality Assessments for 2020 Census (12-9-20)
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.
Get the latest Federal, State and Local Government COVID-19 information here.
Minimum Wage Bill .. Public Act 101-0001
Illinois law provides that the minimum wage will increase gradually to $15 by 2025, with the first increase from $8.25 to $9.25 having gone into effect on January 1, 2020. On July 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00, followed by one-dollar increases on January 1st each year until it hits $15 in 2025.
Public Act Archives
Public Act 101-0640
Government Emergency Administration Act
Public Act 101-0631
Allows restaurants and bars to serve cocktails-to-go to provide establishments with financial relief in the wake of COVID-19 challenges
Public Act 101-0593 Recreational Cannabis
(Clean-up language on previously passed recreational cannabis legislation)
Public Act 101-0177 Illinois Equal Pay Act NOTICE
Public Act 101-0544/Legislation Summary
Public Act 101-0419 Audits
Illinois Law Prohibits Employers from Asking for Wage History (October 2019)
Pursuant to Public Act 101-0177, the Illinois Equal Pay Act bans employers and employment agencies from asking about applicants’ past wage and compensation histories.
This law became effective on September 29, 2019.
Employers can be penalized for asking the applicant or the applicant’s current or former employers for wage or salary history. Employers are reminded to review their employment applications to make sure they do not ask for salary and wage history. They should also train those involved in hiring on this law.
For more information you may contact the Illinois Department of Labor at the Equal Pay Hotline 866-372-4365.
Prevailing Wage UPDATE (May 2019)
Amendments to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act made by Public Act 100-1177 became effective on June 1, 2019. Some of the changes to the Act can be found in this May 23, 2019 Prevailing Wage Update prepared by UCCI Legal Counsel.
All prevailing wage information can be found on the Illinois Department of Labor’s website. https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Pages/prevailing-wage-act.aspx.
You will note on the Department of Labor's website, how they post the prevailing wage rates has changed from fixed text on a page to an interactive table.