Legislative Bill Tracking Latest Update January 8, 2021
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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.
Session News/2021 House & Senate Session Calendars
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, HB3653, the criminal justice and police reforms bill, was passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor for signature.
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.
To view the full text, please click here.
Also, different sections of the legislation have different effective dates. A table showing when specific sections will become effective is available at this link.
Members of the 102nd Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
SENATE 2021 Spring Session Calendar
HOUSE 2021 Spring Session Calendar (TBA)
PREVIEW TO JANUARY 2021 LAME DUCK SESSION
The Illinois House of Representatives has announced their intention to convene in Springfield on January 8, 2021. The Illinois Senate has not made such an announcement … yet. The Illinois Senate will most likely convene if the House of Representatives favorably acts on a series of bills that were initially approved by House leadership for consideration on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
This broad range of legislative proposals are now scheduled to be heard in House Committees on January 8 and 9, 2021. The hearings will be in meeting rooms of the Springfield Convention Center. The subject matter of the proposals to be heard include Healthcare Availability, Higher Education, Property Taxation, Local Government, Criminal Justice, Child Care, Energy Storage Systems, State Fiscal/Budget, and many other topics.
The outcome of this “lame duck” session could have a direct bearing on how the House and Senate chambers proceed on January 13, 2021 for the scheduled organization and selection of the House Speaker and the Senate President. Keep in mind, that a chamber cannot conduct any business until its presiding officer is elected. And that means NO VOTING … on resolutions, legislative proposals, or any form of business.
In accordance with Illinois operational provisions, the Secretary of State (Secretary Jesse White) will serve as presiding officer of the House of Representatives until a Speaker of the House is elected by the newly sworn in members of the Illinois House of Representatives. Governor J.B. Pritzker will serve as the presiding officer of the Senate until the Senate members elect a Senate President.
Should there be a failure to elect a presiding officer on the first or subsequent roll calls, the acting presiding officer will have no choice other than to “recess to a future date”. This has happened before! At that time, in 1974, it took the House of Representatives almost three weeks and 98 roll call votes before the House elected Representative William Redmond as Speaker.
The next two weeks could be very interesting!
FALL VETO SESSION was cancelled in its entirety.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY '2020 SPRING SESSION RECAP’
Spring Session AGENDA
As a result of the medical crisis that is currently gripping our nation, very little legislative activity had taken place prior to Wednesday, May 20th, when lawmakers returned to Springfield for the 2020 Spring Special Session.
The Speaker of the House and the Senate President identified in a Joint Proclamation the issues to be undertaken during the scheduled 'special session' were the COVID-19 pandemic or other disasters; the State Budget and its implementation; economic recovery, infrastructure projects and funding thereof; the explanation, arguments for and against, and the form for constitutional amendments as required under the Illinois Constitutional Amendment Act; laws or authority scheduled to be repealed prior to June 1, 2021; the 2020 General Election and the State Board of Elections; and, the hospital assessment program.
The three-day scheduled session extended into a fourth day, on Saturday. Lawmakers worked into the early morning hours of Sunday to reach agreement on the FY2021 State Budget; and, following final approval of the FY2021 Spending Plan, the 2020 Spring Session adjourned.
With the adjournment of the 'highly abbreviated' Spring Session of the 101st Session of the Illinois General Assembly, the State of Illinois now has a patchwork series of revenue and expenditure proposals that will carry the state through the balance of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic havoc left in its wake.
The links below summarize the legislation passed that deals with The Operation Budget for FY2021, The Capital Expenditures for FY2021, the Supplemental Appropriation for FY2020 for the emergency relief due to COVID-19, and the FY2021 education expenditures; and, also the FY2021 Budget Implementation Bill (HB357 as amended by Senate Floor Amendment #1).
Spring Session Recap (May 25, 2020)
Spring Session Recap HB64 State Budget Summary (May 25, 2020)
Spring Session Recap HB357 BIMP Summary (May 25, 2020)
Relevant points within the FY2021 budget legislation include:
(1) Creates programs for the disbursing of Federal CARES Act funds.
(2) Programs for counties under 500,000 population.
(3) THE EVENTUAL CREATION OF EMERGENCY RULES BY THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOR THE DISBURSAL OF THESE FUNDS. (UCCI is involved in this process)
Lawmakers most likely will not return to Springfield until the Fall Veto Session.
Budget Address … Governor 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.
PUBLIC ACT HIGHLIGHTS
UCCI Tracked Legislation Signed into Law
Public Act 101-0640 (SB2135)
Government Emergency Administration Act
Public Act 101-0631 (HB2682)
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 (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
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
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.
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