• March 6, 2020
     
    This Week in Illinois 
     
     
    The House and Senate will both be out-of-session next week for the Illinois Primary Election. Both Chambers will resume on Wednesday, March 18th. 
     
    The Illinois Chamber's Chamber Day will also be taking place on March 18th. The Chamber hopes to see many of you there. 
     
    Legislative Update 
     
    The House and Senate were both in session this week, Tuesday through Thursday. 
     
    Senate 
     
    SB2457 has been placed on the Senate Calendar for third reading. This bill provides that group or individual policies of accident and health insurance or managed care plans amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 shall provide coverage for medically necessary epinephrine injectors. 
     
    SB2800 was placed on the Senate Calendar for a third reading. This bill provides that, for taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2020, the maximum student-assistance credit is $1,000 per contributing employee per taxable year (currently, $500).
     
    SB3452 was placed on the Senate Calendar for a third reading.  This bill provides that the abatement for property located in an area of urban decay also applies to newly remodeled single-family or duplex residential dwelling units (currently, only newly constructed single-family or duplex dwelling units). Provides that provisions requiring the abatement to be reduced in 20% increments annually during the last 4 years of the abatement period apply only to abatements granted prior to the effective date.
     
    SB3334  has been placed on the calendar for a third reading. As introduced the bill amends the Illinois Income Tax Act and provides that certain sports wagering winnings are allocable to this State. As amended, the bill adds provisions amending the Illinois Income Tax Act to restore certain provisions concerning the calculation of base income for an exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code.
     
    SB2561  passed out of the Senate Insurance Committee this week and has been placed on the calendar for a second reading. This bill requires an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance that provides telehealth services to provide reimbursement for such services at the same rate that such services are reimbursed for an in-person consultation and to reimburse a facility fee to the originating site, passed out of the committee. SB2561 is now placed on the Senate Calendar for a second reading. 
     
    SB1410 was postponed within the Senate Public Health Committee.  Provides that a hospital shall maintain a metal detector at each point of entry into the hospital. Provides that a hospital shall ensure that all members of the public, other than the employees of the hospital who display proper credentials, who enter the hospital at a point of entry are subjected to screening by a metal detector.
     
    SB3014 was postponed within the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
     
    SB3429 was assigned to the Senate Revenue Committee. This bill provides that the State earned income tax credit shall be: (i) 19% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2022 and beginning before January 1, 2023; and (ii) 20% of the federal credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2023. 
     
    SB3591 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill deletes language that a prevailing party may recover damages against a private entity that negligently violates the Act for each violation of the Act.provides that a prevailing party may recover liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, and that such damages for a negligent violation by a private entity shall be recovered only for a single collection of each aggrieved party's biometric identifier or biometric information. This is a Chamber Initiative. 
     
    SB3592 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill deletes the provision regarding a right of action. Provides instead that any violation that results from the collection of biometric information by an employer for employment, human resources, fraud prevention, or security purposes is subject to the enforcement authority of the Department of Labor. This bill is a Chamber Initiative.
     
    SB3593 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill provides that if within the 30 days the private entity actually cures the noticed violation and provides the aggrieved person an express written statement that the violation has been cured and that no further violations shall occur, no action for individual statutory damages or class-wide statutory damages may be initiated against the private entity. This bill is a Chamber Initiative. 
     
    SB3623 was assigned to the Commerce & Economic Development Committee. This bill provides that every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in the State and having annual worldwide gross receipts that exceed $100,000,000 shall disclose its efforts to eradicate slavery, human trafficking, and child labor from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale.
     
     
    House 
     
    HR0690 was placed on the House Calendar order of Resolutions. This resolution states the belief that no community is to be left behind, and that any climate policy language must address environmental injustice by prioritizing climate solutions and other policies that are aimed at reducing pollution in these communities at the scale needed to significantly improve their public health and quality of life.
     
    HB3493 was tabled within the House. This bill creates the Prescription Drug Affordability Act and Prescription Drug Affordability Board.
     
    HB5204 is posted to the Commercial Law Subcommittee. This bill creates an affirmative defense for every covered entity that creates, maintains, and complies with a written cybersecurity program that contains administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for the protection of personal information. The Chamber supports this legislation. 
     
    HB1459 was assigned to the House Workforce Development Subcommittee. This bill ratifies and approves the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows for the issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states. 
     
    HB2533 was assigned to the Job Growth, Preservation and Training Subcommittee. This bill provides that an employer that is situated in Cook County and for which an average of 20 or more full-time employees work for compensation shall offer a program that allows a covered employee to elect to exclude from taxable wages and compensation the employee's commuting costs incurred for the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit up to a maximum level allowed by federal tax law.
     
    Four different red light camera bills that ban the use of the devices have been assigned to the Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee. 
    HB 4353 (Stava-Murray)- Statewide red light camera ban
    HB 4402 (Skillicorn)- Statewide red light camera ban
    HB 4671 (Ortiz)- Statewide red light camera ban
    HB 4921(Sosnowski)- Statewide red light camera ban
     
    Both the House and the Senate will resume session on Wednesday, March 18th.