Senator Steans

February 6, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans in a committee hearingThis is shaping up to be a busy week in Springfield. In addition to our regularly scheduled committee hearings, the Senate is holding four subject matter hearings. These hearings will include an update from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget on his cost-cutting initiatives, an in-depth look at the legionella outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy, information on the implementation of the evidence based funding model, and a report from the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force.

 

I have included a list of noteworthy bills that are scheduled to be heard in committee this week below. Please note that if a bill is not called in a committee hearing, you need to submit a new witness slip the next time the bill is scheduled to be heard. Each witness slip is tied to a specific committee hearing.

 

There are several reasons why a bill might not be called even though it was posted, such as a scheduling conflict or ongoing meetings with proponents or opponents, among others. For directions on how to submit a witness slip to show your support or opposition to a particular bill, click here.

 

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Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Noteworthy bills in committee this week

 

Commerce and economic development issues

  • Entrepreneur learners permit - SB 2281 expands the Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program to encourage and assist beginning entrepreneurs in certain business sectors by reimbursing them for State fees associated with starting a business. This legislation is sponsored by Sen. Righter and is scheduled in the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Consumer protection issues

  • Resident privacy - SB 572 repeals the requirement for condo boards to maintain a current listing of condo residents' phone numbers and email addresses. Under current law, that information is available to condo residents upon request and for a purpose related to the association. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Raoul and is scheduled in the Judiciary Committee.

  • Net neutrality - SR 1196 and SR 1117 address the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality and urge continued access to free and open internet. Net neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down, charging for, or blocking any content, applications or websites. Both resolutions are scheduled in the State Government Committee.

Education issues

  • Civics - HB 1252 requires every public elementary school to include at least one semester of civics education in its 6th, 7th or 8th grade curriculum. This legislation is sponsored by Senatior Tom Cullerton and is scheduled in the Education Committee.

Pensions and state contract issues

  • State contracts - SB 2279 prohibits the State of Illinois from entering into or awarding any contract if there is not funding in place for the contract. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Murphy and is scheduled in the State Government Committee.

  • Teachers' pensions - SB 2307 eliminates teachers' vehicle allowance from counting as pensionable earnings. This applies to the downstate teachers' pension code. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Morrison and is scheduled in the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee.

Public health issues

  • Tobacco 21 - SB 2332 raises the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Illinois. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Morrison and is scheduled in the Public Health Committee.

  • Alternatives to opioids - SB 336 would allow patients who have been prescribed opioids to apply for a temporary medical marijuana card instead through an expedited process. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Harmon and is scheduled in Executive Committee.

  • Flu vaccine - HB 2984 allows local health departments and facilities to implement a flu vaccination policy, including a mandatory flu vaccine. Employees may be exempt from the flu vaccine for medical or religious reasons. This legislation only applies to local health departments with a jurisdiction of 500,000 or more residents. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Cunningham and is scheduled in the Public Health Committee.

Public safety issues

  • Victims of domestic violence - SB 2330 allows victims of domestic violence to waive the publication requirement when filing a name change petition. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Hutchinson and is scheduled in the Judiciary Committee.

  • Metal detectors in hospitals - SB 2334 requires hospitals to have a metal detector at each public point of entry into the hospital and makes all members of the public subject to screening by a metal detector. This legislation is sponsored by Senator Murphy and is scheduled in the Public Health Committee.

Committee schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 6

All committee hearings are held in the Capitol building unless otherwise noted.

 

  • Senate Education Committee subject matter hearing on the State Board of Education's implementation of the evidence based funding model
    1:30 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Public Health Committee
    1:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Human Services Committee subject matter hearing on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force
    2:30 p.m., Room D-1 Stratton Building
    Please note that this is a joint committee hearing with the House Special Needs Services Committee.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee
    2:30 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 7

 

  • Veterans Affairs Committee subject matter hearing on the legionella outbreak and response at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy
    9 a.m., Room 212
    Please note this is a joint hearing with the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

  • Executive Committee
    1 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
    1 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • State Government Committee
    1 p.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Appropriations I and Appropriations II Committees subject matter hearing on an update from the Governor's Office of Management and Budget on fiscal year 18 revenue, budget implementation and cost-cutting initiatives
    2:30 p.m., Room 212

  • Senate Insurance Committee
    4 p.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Revenue Committee
    4 p.m., Room 212
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

Committee schedule for Thursday, Feb. 8

 

  • Senate Agriculture Committee
    9 a.m., Room 409
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

  • Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee
    10 a.m., Room 400
    To see submitted witness slips for this committee and submit your own, click here.

 

 

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