Each year, thousands of bills are introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. IMA reviews every bill for its potential affect on manufacturing and works directly with elected officials to encourage passage or defeat. Listed below are bills we are actively working on. IMA members are encouraged to contact their state elected officials and let them know our position. For more information, contact Mark Denzler at 217.522.1240 extension 3008, or email: mdenzler@ima-net.org

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June 4, 2015 UPDATE

In the 2015 spring legislative session, lawmakers introduced a total of 6,375 individual pieces of legislation and nearly 1,800 amendments were filed. At the end of May, the General Assembly successfully passed 495 bills to the Governor’s desk for action.

Here is a summary of key bills impacting manufacturers that passed the General Assembly and await action by the Governor:

Budget, Tax Policy & Pensions

** Democrat lawmakers approved a $36.3 billion budget before the May 31 adjournment date. However, they publicly acknowledge that the budget is not balanced and has a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion. Governor Rauner threatened to veto the budget and it is currently being retained in the General Assembly using a parliamentary procedure.

The budget is comprised of many bills including HB 3763, HB 4146, HB 4147, HB 4148, HB 4151, HB 4153, HB 4154 HB 4158, HB 4159, HB 4160, HB 4165, HB 4166, SB 2029, SB 2030, SB 2031, SB 2033, SB 2034, SB 2035, SB 2036, and SB 2037.

SB 507 (Biss/DeLuca): Amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act to relieve a retailer from liability for any tax that becomes due and payable if the tax is represented by amounts that are found to be worthless or uncollectible, have been charged off in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and have been claimed as a deduction pursuant to Section 166 of the Internal Revenue Code.

SB 777 (Cullerton/Currie): Amends the Chicago Police and Chicago Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to reduce the City of Chicago’s required pension payment for payment years 2016 through 2020. Extends the date by which Chicago police and firefighter pensions must be 90 percent funded from 2040 to 2055. Creates a new minimum retirement annuity based on the federal poverty level while establishing a mechanism to enforce the full funding of pension payments.

SB 842 (Cullerton/Currie): Amends the State Finance Act to provide that in FY16, the State of Illinois shall appropriate the full pension payment to the pension funds. Allows the Comptroller to transmit required pension contributions to the funds if the employers (State of Illinois, Cook County, Cook County Forest Preserve, Downstate police, Downstate fire and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District) fail to transmit the full payment.

HR 451 (Manley): Urges the Department of Revenue to collaborate with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and other members of the business community to reach a resolution on the double taxation of Illinois residents. All stakeholders will work on a system creating a threshold for the filing and taxation of nonresident employees.

Environment & Energy 

HB 437 (Wheeler/Althoff): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to allow counties and municipalities to approve one-day compostable waste collection events and permanent compostable waste collection points.

Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that generators and transporters of hazardous waste and facilities accepting hazardous waste are not required to submit copies of hazardous waste manifests to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

HB 1326 (Ammons/Bennett): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that no person shall dispose of waste from the remediation of a manufactured gas plant site or facility in a waste disposal site (other than a permitted hazardous waste facility) unless the waste is (1) tested using a specific method, and (2) that analysis demonstrates that the waste does not exceed the specified regulatory levels for any contaminant.

HB 1445 (Nekritz/Koehler): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that exceptional quality biosolids that have not been bagged shall not be subject to the same regulation as sludge and other waste if they are used on agricultural land in a manner that follows recommended agronomic rates.

HB 1455 (McAsey/Holmes): Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (E-Waste) to increase collection goals for electronics manufacturers in 2015, 2016, and 2017 under a new bifurcated system with manufacturers collecting either 50 percent or 80 percent depending on the product. Registered recyclers and refurbishers may not charge a fee to individual consumers or units of local government unless they provide a coupon that is of equal or greater value. Creates a tiered penalty for manufacturers that do not meet their annual collection goals and establishes a recycling credit for collections in excess of the goals.

HB 2495 (Yingling/Morrison): Amends the Solid Waste Management Act to require the Department of Commerce & Economic Development to work with nationally based consumer groups and trade associations to support the development of nationally recognized logos that may be used to indicate whether a container or any other consumer products are recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable.

HB 3341 (Tryon/McConnaughay): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that a stationary source means any building, structure, facility, or installation that emits or may emit any regulated air pollutants or any pollutant listed under Section 112(b) of the Clean Air Act, except those emissions resulting directly from an internal combustion engine for transportation purposes or not a non-road engine or non-road vehicle.

HB 3624 (Verschoore/Steans): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to extend the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s fast-track rulemaking from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019.

HB 4007 (Hoffman/Clayborne): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that beneficial use determinations does not apply to dust suppressants applied to material that is (1) burned for energy recovery, (2) used to produce a fuel, or (3) otherwise contained in a fuel.

SB 679 (Steans/Williams): Amends the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act to require the collection of loose mercury ampoules. Beginning on January 1, 2016, no person shall demolish a commercial building unless (1) all mercury thermostats have been removed from the building and (2) a person who removed the thermostats has arranged for them to be delivered to a collection site.

SB 793 (Holmes/Williams): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that beginning on July 1, 2015, no person may knowingly mix sharps, including but not limited to, hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles, syringes, or other medical household waste with any other material intended for collection as a recyclable material by a residential hauler. State agencies, local governments, businesses, and not-for-profits may establish sharp disposal programs.

SB 1421 (Koehler/Gordon-Booth): Amends the Public Utilities Act to allow a public utility that provides both water and wastewater service to request in a general rate proceeding that the Illinois Commerce Commission allocate a portion of the public utility’s water service revenue requirement or wastewater revenue requirement for recovery through wastewater base rates. The Illinois Commerce Commission may approve the allocation if it can be demonstrated to be in the public interest.

SB 1672 (Rezin/Nekritz): Amends the Environmental Protection Act to provide that the Pollution Control Board shall adopt regulations establishing permit programs for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Non-Attainment New Source Review Permits (NA NSR) meeting the applicable requirements of specified provisions of the Clean Air Act. Regulations adopted by the Board to establish a PSD permit program shall incorporate by reference, specified provisions of federal regulations. The issuance or any denial of a PSD permit or any conditions imposed therein shall be reviewable by the Board. Any complete permit application submitted to the Agency for a PSD permit shall be granted or denied by the Agency not later than one year after the filing of such completed application.

SB 1803 (Rezin/Mautino): Creates the LaSalle County Transportation Study Act to require the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a transportation study on the effects of agricultural, manufacturing, mining and other industrial operations in LaSalle County and its surrounding counties. A report shall be submitted to the General Assembly by January 1, 2016.

General Business/Miscellaneous

HB 363 (Welch/Hastings): Amends the General Not for Profit Corporation Act to permit the Secretary of State to dissolve any corporation administratively if it has failed to elect and maintain at least three directors in accordance with the Act or failed to appoint a registered agent in Illinois.

HB 1429 (Sente/Link): Amends the Illinois Procurement Code to provide that an otherwise qualified bidder or offeror shall (now may) be given a preference over other bidders through the use of products made of recycled supplies provided the cost included in the bid is equal to or less than the other bids and offers.

HB 3887 (Wheeler/Bertino-Tarrant): Amends the Business Assistance and Regulatory Reform Act to require all state agencies under the executive branch to scrutinize its rules, administrative regulations, and permitting processes as they pertain to small businesses (50 or fewer employees or sales of less than $4 million) in order to identify those rules, regulations, and processes that are unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, or onerous. Each state agency must submit its reports to the Governor and General Assembly.

SB 44 (Morrison/Phelps): Creates the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force that includes representation from law enforcement, manufacturing, insurance, agriculture, and real estate. The “Drone Task Force” will consider commercial and private use of drones, landowner and privacy rights, and general rules and regulations for the safe operation of drones. The Task Force must submit its report to the Governor and General Assembly by July 1, 2016.

SB 96 (Sullivan/Phelps): Two-year extension of the Telecommunications Act. Amends the Emergency Telephone Safety Act and the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act to create a single statewide 9-1-1 system administered by the Illinois State Police.

SB 659 (Morrison/Beiser): Provides that the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity shall create and maintain a website to help persons wishing to create new businesses or relocate business to Illinois.

SB 1229 (Harmon/Smiddy): Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that with respect to collective bargaining agreements expiring between June 30, 2015 and July 1, 2019 between the State of Illinois and unions representing those employees that either side may request mediation that shall be initiated within 30 days. If a mediator is unable to reach agreement within 30 days, either party may initiate impasse arbitration procedures and waive the right to strike or lock out workers.

SB 1304 (Raoul/Sims): Creates the Police and Community Relations Act to provide for the use of police body cameras, create policies and training of law enforcement officers, establish new guidelines for independent reviews of police-involved felonies, and bans the use of chokeholds by law enforcement.

SB 1833 (Biss/Williams): Amends the Personal Information Protection Act to expand the scope of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing and geolocation information. The threshold for a notice to the Attorney General or impacted consumers is 250 or more residents of Illinois. Entities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) are deemed to be in compliance.

HR 11 (Thapedi): Urges Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority and encourages the United States Trade Representative to conclude the negotiations and recommend ratification of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

HR 273 (Leitch) and SR 218 (Manar): Urges President Obama and the United States Senate and House of Representatives to reauthorize the Import-Export Bank of the United States before June 30, 2015.

Health Care & Insurance

HB 1 (Lang/Kotowski): Comprehensive opioid (heroin) reform that allows pharmacists to dispense opioid antagonists to someone claiming a heroin overdose pursuant to policies developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency may distribute grants for drug take-back programs. Training programs are authorized for law enforcement, school officials, firefighters, and others to administer the opioid antagonists.

HB 235 (Fine/Cullerton): Creates a new health care mandate requiring insurance policies to cover anesthetics provided by a dentist for children under the age of 19 years.

HB 1335 (Harris/Connelly): Creates the Right to Try Act that a manufacturer may provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to an eligible patient with a terminal illness. The manufacturer may provide the drug, product or device without receiving compensation. Health insurance policies are not required to provide coverage for eligible patients seeking such a drug, product or device.

SB 455 (Munoz/Acevedo): Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act to allow pharmacists to substitute an interchangeable biological product (biosimilar) for a prescribed biological product if certain conditions are met. The interchangeable biological product must be FDA approved and be therapeutically equivalent. The pharmacist may substitute a biologic product if not prohibited by the prescribing physician and must notify the patient within five days.

SB 788 (Steans/Harris): Medicaid reform proposal that reduces provider rates, increases assessments on hospitals, and maintains ACEs and CCEs as managed care providers to leverage $400 million in federal funding.

Labor & HR

HB 3122 (Pritchard/Hastings): Creates the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act. Allows a private employer to adopt and apply a voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy if (1) the policy is in writing, (2) the policy is publicly posted by the employer at the place of employment or on any website maintained by the employer, (3) the job application informs all applicants of the veterans’ preference employment policy, and (4) the private employer applies the veterans’ preference policy uniformly for all employment decisions regarding the hiring or promotion of veterans or the retention of veterans during a reduction in force. Provides that nothing in the Human Rights Act shall prohibit an employer, employment agency or labor union from giving preferential treatment to veterans.

HB 3619 (Soto/Noland): Amends the Equal Pay Act to provide that it applies to all employers (previously employers with 4 or more employees). Creates a tiered penalty system for violations with fines for small employers (less than 4 employees) ranging from $500 for a first offense to $5,000 for a third or subsequent offense. Fines for all other employers range from $2,500 for a first offense to $5,000 for a third or subsequent offense.

SB 1571 (Haine/Kay): Amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to provide that nothing in the Act requires an employer or a property and casualty insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of cannabis. 

 

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HB 106

Short Description:  REVENUE-FINANCIAL TRANSACTION

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Financial Transaction Tax Act. Beginning September 1, 2015, imposes a tax on the privilege of engaging in a financial transaction on any of the following exchanges or boards of trade: the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Provides that the tax is imposed at a rate of $1 per contract for all transactions for which the underlying asset is an agricultural product and $2 per contract for all other contracts. Provides that the term “financial transaction” means a transaction involving the purchase or sale of a stock contract, futures contract, swap contract, credit default swap contract, or options contract, but does not include a transaction involving securities held in a retirement account or a transaction involving a mutual fund. Effective immediately.

 

HB 108

Short Description:  IL UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers-Carol Ammons-Will Guzzardi

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Illinois Universal Health Care Act. Provides that all individuals residing in the State are covered under the Illinois Health Services Program for health insurance. Sets forth the health coverage benefits that participants are entitled to under the Program. Sets forth the qualification requirements for participating health providers. Sets forth standards for provider reimbursement. Provides that it is unlawful for private health insurers to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the coverage of the Program. Provides that investor-ownership of health delivery facilities is unlawful. Provides that the State shall establish the Illinois Health Services Trust to provide financing for the Program. Sets forth the requirements for claims billing under the Program. Provides that the Program shall include funding for long-term care services and mental health services. Provides that the Program shall establish a single prescription drug formulary and list of approved durable medical goods and supplies. Creates the Pharmaceutical and Durable Medical Goods Committee to negotiate the prices of pharmaceuticals and durable medical goods with suppliers or manufacturers on an open bid competitive basis. Sets forth provisions concerning patients’ rights. Provides that the employees of the Program shall be compensated in accordance with the current pay scale for State employees and as deemed professionally appropriate by the General Assembly.

 

HB 124

Short Description:  MIN WAGE-$15 PER HOUR

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour on October 1, 2015. Effective immediately.

 

HB 125

Short Description:  MEDICAID-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Removes a provision requiring the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to impose limitations on prescriptions drugs such that the Department shall not provide reimbursement for more than 4 prescriptions, including 3 brand name prescriptions, for distinct drugs in a 30-day period, unless prior approval is received for all prescriptions in excess of the 4-prescription limit; and removes certain exemptions to the 4-prescription limit.

 

HB 133

Short Description:  FOOD LABELING-SEAFOOD

House Sponsors

Rep. André M. Thapedi

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Provides that any label of fresh, frozen, or processed fish or shellfish, wild or farm raised, offered for sale at wholesale or retail shall clearly identify (1) the species of fish or shellfish by its common name, (2) whether the fish or shellfish was farm raised or wild caught, and (3) whether the fish or shellfish was caught domestically or imported. Provides that a retail food facility that sells or offers for sale any fresh, frozen, or processed fish or shellfish, wild or farm raised, may not knowingly misidentify or misbrand (1) the country of origin of the fish or shellfish or (2) whether the fish or shellfish was farm raised or wild caught. Sets forth provisions concerning misbranding and the presumption of knowledge.

 

HB 144

Short Description:  INC TX-EMPLOYEE CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr., Martin J. Moylan and Ed Sullivan

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer who employs a long-term unemployed person during the taxable year is entitled to an income tax credit of: (1) $500 in the taxable year in which the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; (2) $750 in the first taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; and (3) $1,250 in the second taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer. Provides that the credit for individuals who are employed by the taxpayer for a partial year shall be calculated based on the number of weeks of employment. Provides that the credit may be carried forward. Provides that the term “long-term unemployed person” means a person who was unemployed for a period of at least 27 consecutive weeks ending on the Saturday immediately preceding the date he or she was hired by the taxpayer, was an Illinois resident on the date he or she was hired by the taxpayer, is employed by the taxpayer during the taxable year as a full-time employee, and was not enrolled as a full-time student at a public or private high school, community college, or university at any point during the 27-week period immediately preceding the date he or she was hired by the taxpayer. Provides that the credit is exempt from the Act’s automatic sunset provisions. Effective immediately.

 

HB 145

Short Description:  INC TX-WITHHOLDING

House Sponsors

Rep. Anna Moeller-Will Guzzardi and Michelle Mussman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides for a credit against the withholding tax liability of an employer with fewer than 15 full-time employees in an amount equal to $2,000 for each employee who is moved from part-time to full-time employment status and who maintains that full-time employment status for a period of 12 consecutive calendar months. Effective immediately.

 

HB 166

Short Description:  FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE PROGRAM

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Family Leave Insurance Program Act. Requires the Department of Labor to establish and administer a Family Leave Insurance Program that provides family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child, a newly adopted or newly placed foster child, or a family member with a serious health condition. Sets forth eligibility requirements for benefits under the Act including that the employee must (i) establish that he or she has been employed for at least 680 hours in employment during the employee’s qualifying year and (ii) document that he or she has provided the employer with written notice of the employee’s intention to take family leave. Defines “employer” to mean (a) any person, partnership, corporation, association, or other business entity that employs 50 or more employees for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the year in which the leave is to be taken or in the year immediately preceding the year in which the leave is to be taken; and (b) the State of Illinois and any other unit of local government. Contains provisions concerning disqualification from benefits; premium payments; the amount and duration of benefits; the recovery of erroneous payments; hearings; defaulted premium payments; elective coverage; employment protection; coordination of family leave; defined terms; and other matters. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Family Leave Insurance Account Fund.

 

HB 171

Short Description:  LLC-REDUCED FEES-VETERANS

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack-John D. Anthony-Steven Andersson-Jack D. Franks-Patricia R. Bellock, Michael W. Tryon, Thomas Morrison and Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Limited Liability Company Act. Provides that the Secretary of State shall reduce the amount of any fee imposed under the Act by 50% if a majority of the membership interests in the domestic or foreign limited liability company responsible for paying the fee are, and the domestic or foreign limited liability company provides proof satisfactory to the Secretary of State that those interests are, held by one or more honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces of the United States. Provides that the Secretary of State shall adopt any rules necessary to implement this provision.

 

HB 176

Short Description:  INC TX-RATES

House Sponsors

Rep. David McSweeney

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, reduces the rate of tax to 3% for individuals, trusts, and estates and 4.8% for corporations. Makes corresponding changes concerning the distribution of tax proceeds. Provides that, if the State exceeds certain specified spending limitations, the Auditor General shall post a copy of the supplemental spending report on his or her website. Effective immediately.

 

HB 199

Short Description:  REVENUE-INC TX-REDUCE LLC FEE

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. In provisions providing that a unitary business group does not include members whose business activity outside the United States is 80% or more of that member’s total business activity, provides that the phrase “United States” means only the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and any area over which the United States has asserted jurisdiction or claimed exclusive rights with respect to the exploration for or exploitation of natural resources, but does not include any territory or possession of the United States (currently, for those purposes, “United States” means only the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but does not include any territory or possession of the United States or any area over which the United States has asserted jurisdiction or claimed exclusive rights with respect to the exploration for or exploitation of natural resources). Amends the Limited Liability Company Act. Reduces the fees for filing articles of organization, applications for admission, and restated articles of organization to $125 for a series LLC (currently, $750) and $75 for all other LLCs (currently, $500).

 

HB 207

Short Description:  RIGHT TO TRY ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Right to Try Act. Provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase 1 of a clinical trial, but has not been approved for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Provides that a manufacturer may, but is not required to, provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient, either with or without receiving compensation. Provides that an accident and health insurer may, but is not required to, provide coverage for an eligible patient seeking such a drug, product, or device. Provides that an entity responsible for Medicare certification may not take action against a health care provider’s Medicare certification based solely on the health care provider’s recommendation that a patient have access to an investigational drug, biological product, or device. Defines required terms. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit of a physician to practice medicine based solely on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device.

 

HB 215

Short Description:  UNEMPLOYMENT-EMPLOYER REPORTS

House Sponsors

Rep. Jay Hoffman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Deletes provisions requiring employers to file, on a monthly basis, reports regarding employee wages.

 

HB 230

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-MOTOR FUEL EXEMPT

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that motor fuel is exempt from taxation under the Acts. Effective immediately.

 

HB 250

Short Description:  ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS RECYCLING

House Sponsors

Rep. Grant Wehrli

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that, if manufacturers meet their recycling goals prior to the end of the year and recyclers no longer pick up CEDs and EEDs without charge, municipalities, townships, and other units of local government that are acting as collectors shall be allowed to collect a fee from consumers who drop off CEDs and EEDs for recycling. Effective immediately.

 

HB 295

Short Description:  INC TX-BILL PAYMENT

House Sponsors

Rep. William Davis

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an addition modification in an amount equal to the deduction for qualified domestic production activities allowed under Section 199 of the Internal Revenue Code for the taxable year. Makes changes concerning the definition of “unitary business group”. Provides that moneys attributable to those changes shall be deposited into the Bill Payment Trust Fund. Provides that moneys in the Fund shall be used to make payments to certain bona fide creditors of the State. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Fund. Effective immediately.

 

HB 300

Short Description:  EPA-LUST-REMEDIATION LETTERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Jay Hoffman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency shall issue to the owner or operator of an underground storage tank a no further remediation letter if (i) the owner or operator submits to the Agency a certification from a licensed professional engineer that the work described in the approved corrective action plan has been completed successfully to a boring level acceptable to the Agency, (ii) the groundwater at the site will not be used for human consumption, (iii) the site is zoned for non-residential use, and (iv) the site is located in a municipality with a population of not more than 50,000.

 

HB 314

Short Description:  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP

House Sponsors

Rep. Joe Sosnowski-Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Illinois Economic Development Corporation Act. Creates the Illinois Economic Development Corporation. Creates the board of directors of the Corporation and sets forth the membership of the board. Provides that the board shall develop and implement economic programs to provide business support and expertise and financial assistance to companies that are investing and creating jobs in Illinois and to support new business start-ups and business expansion and growth in Illinois. Sets forth the powers of the board. Creates the Illinois Small Business Development Center within the corporation to provide business counseling and educational programs developed at the local, regional, and State level to support Illinois small business creation and growth. Provides that the Center shall provide assistance, in the form of training, counseling, and information resources, to startup businesses and job-creator firms regarding the startup process. Provides that the board shall submit annual reports to the members of the General Assembly. Effective immediately.

 

HB 319

Short Description:  CONCEALED CARRY-PARKING LOT

House Sponsors

Rep. Ed Sullivan

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. In the provision that a licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle’s trunk, deletes language that the licensee must ensure that the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle. Effective immediately.

 

HB 325

Short Description:  LLC FEE SCHEDULE

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol A. Sente

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Limited Liability Company Act. Reduces some fees in the fee schedule for limited liability companies filing documents with the Secretary of State to match the fees for similar documents in the fee schedule for corporations. Effective immediately.

 

HB 336

Short Description:  MEDICAID-RX LIMITS-EXEMPTIONS

House Sponsors

Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that drugs in the following therapeutic classes shall not be subject to prior approval as a result of the 4-prescription limit: immunosuppressant drugs, oncolytic drugs, anti-retroviral drugs, “antipsychotic drugs, and, on or after July 1, 2015, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs” (rather than immunosuppressant drugs, oncolytic drugs, anti-retroviral drugs, and, on or after July 1, 2014, antipsychotic drugs). Effective immediately.

 

HB 343

Short Description:  EDGE-INCENTIVE PAYMENTS

House Sponsors

Rep. David Reis-Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Provides that an applicant who has been awarded a Credit under the Act may, in the applicant’s sole discretion, opt to retain taxes withheld under the Illinois Income Tax Act in lieu of an income tax credit. Provides that the amount of withheld taxes retained by the applicant in a taxable year may not exceed the amount of the Credit awarded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for that taxable year. Provides that each employee whose taxes were withheld by an employer who retains amounts under this subsection must receive credit for 100% of the taxes withheld from his or her pay. Requires the Department to report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the progress of the incentive payment program. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to make corresponding changes concerning tax withholding. Effective immediately.

 

HB 344

Short Description:  MANUFACTURING JOB CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. David Reis-Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Manufacturing Job Destination Tax Credit Act and amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides for a credit of 25% of the Illinois labor expenditures made by a manufacturing company in order to foster job creation and retention in Illinois. Authorizes the Department of Revenue to award a tax credit to taxpayer-employers who apply for the credit and meet certain Illinois labor expenditure requirements. Sets minimum requirements and procedures for certifying a taxpayer as an “accredited manufacturer” and for awarding the credit. Effective immediately.

 

HB 345

Short Description:  INC TX-TRAINING EXPENSE

House Sponsors

Rep. David Reis-Dwight Kay

 

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reinstates the training expense credit for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2015 and prior to December 31, 2025. Increases the amount of the credit from 1.6% of training expenses to 2% of training expenses. Provides that the training expense credit earned on or after December 31, 2015 may be carried forward. Effective immediately.

 

HB 348

Short Description:  UTIL-REMOVE BAN-NUCL CONST

House Sponsors

Rep. David Reis-Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Public Utilities Act. Deletes language that provides that no construction shall commence on any new nuclear power plant to be located within the State, and no certificate of public convenience and necessity or other authorization shall be issued therefor by the Illinois Commerce Commission, until the Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency finds that the United States Government, through its authorized agency, has identified and approved a demonstrable technology or means for the disposal of high level nuclear waste, or until such construction has been specifically approved by a statute enacted by the General Assembly. Deletes the definition of “high level nuclear waste”. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 359

Short Description:  FIREARM CONCEALED CARRY-SIGNS

House Sponsors

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch and Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a person shall not carry a concealed firearm onto private real property of any type without prior permission from the property owner. Provides that a real property owner shall indicate permission to carry concealed firearms onto the property by clearly and conspicuously posting a sign at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property under his or her control, except this posting is not required if the property is a private residence. Provides that the sign shall be at least 4 inches by 6 inches in size (rather than exactly that size). Effective immediately.

 

HB 363

Short Description:  LLC-DISSOLUTION-COMPANY NAME

House Sponsors

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. Permits the Secretary of State to dissolve any corporation administratively if it has failed to elect and maintain at least 3 directors in accordance with a specified provision of the Act. Amends the Limited Liability Company Act. Adds the following terms to the list of terms a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company shall not use in its name: (i) “Company”, except as the final word in the complete phrase “limited liability company”; (ii) “Limited Liability Limited Partnership”; (iii) “L.L.L.P.”; (iv) “Limited Liability Partnership”; and (v) “L.L.P.”. In a provision concerning grounds for administrative dissolution, provides that the Secretary of State may dissolve any limited liability company administratively if it has failed to appoint and maintain a registered agent in Illinois in accordance with the provisions of the Act (rather than if it has failed to appoint and maintain a registered agent in Illinois within 60 days after a registered agent’s notice of resignation). Provides that except in the case of a foreign limited liability company that has adopted an assumed name, the name of the series with limited liability must commence with the entire name of the limited liability company, as set forth in its articles of organization (rather than articles of incorporation). Effective July 1, 2015.

 

 

HB 376

Short Description:  COMMISSION ECON DEVELOPMENT

House Sponsors

Rep. Rita Mayfield

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Commission on the Future of Economic Development of the African American Community within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Provides that the Commission’s purpose is to maintain and develop the economy within the African American community and to provide opportunities for this community that will enhance and expand the quality of their lives. Requires that the Commission consult with appropriate legislative committees about the State’s economic development needs and opportunities in the African American community. Requires that the Commission submit to the Governor and General Assembly a comprehensive statewide economic development strategy for the African American community with a report on progress from the previous comprehensive strategy by October 1 of each even-numbered year. Provides that the Commission shall consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor, with representatives from production agriculture; transportation, construction, and logistics; travel and tourism; financial services and insurance; information technology and communications; and biotechnology, as well as manufacturing and small business. Provides that the Commission meet at least 4 times a year. Provides that the Commission make recommendations to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity concerning the award of grants from amounts appropriated to the Department from the African American Community Economic Development Fund. Creates the African American Community Economic Development Fund. Amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Provides that $20,000,000 be transferred annually from the State Gaming Fund into the African American Community Economic Development Fund.

 

HB 391

Short Description:  CORPORATIONS-FRANCHISE TAXES

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris-Robert W. Pritchard

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Business Corporation Act of 1983. Removes the terms “franchise tax” and “franchise taxes” from the provisions of the Act. Repeals provisions concerning (i) franchise taxes payable by domestic and foreign corporations; (ii) the basis for computation of franchise taxes payable by domestic and foreign corporations; (iii) the rates of franchise taxes payable by domestic and foreign corporations; and (vii) computation and collection of annual franchise taxes by the Secretary of State. Makes other changes. Amends the Public Utilities Act, the State Housing Act, and the Illinois Vehicle Code by changing all references to franchise taxes imposed under the Business Corporation Act of 1983 to conform with the changes made to the Business Corporation Act of 1983 under this amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB 394

Short Description:  ESTATE TAX-REPEAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes-Robert W. Pritchard

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Provides that no tax shall be imposed under the Act for persons dying on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or for transfers made on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB 395

Short Description:  INC TX-R AND D CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. Effective immediately.

 

HB 418

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-BENEFIT CHARGES

House Sponsors

Rep. Joe Sosnowski

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act concerning an employer’s benefit charges. Provides that an employer is not regarded as having caused a claimant to become unemployed by reduction of work offered if: the claimant performed services for the employer in each of the 6 weeks immediately preceding the claimant’s current benefit year and those services did not result in the claimant ceasing to be an unemployed individual, and the claimant performed services for the employer in each week of the claimant’s current benefit year and those services did not result in the claimant ceasing to be an unemployed individual for more than 2 weeks during the claimant’s current benefit year.

 

HB 420

Short Description:  RAIL CROSSING BLOCKING

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly Burke-Frances Ann Hurley and Linda Chapa LaVia

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Rail Crossing Blocking Act. Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Department of Transportation to annually study railroad crossings in municipalities of 100,000 or more to identify crossings which if blocked for longer than 10 minutes would pose significant public safety concerns by impeding emergency, fire, and police. A municipality, under 100,000, may petition to have a crossing included in the study. The Commission shall use the study to designate Essential Rail Crossings. Provides a person or entity may not physically block an Essential Rail Crossing in a manner which obstructs traffic for a period longer than 10 minutes or in excess of a total of 10 minutes during a 30 minute period in a municipality in a county of more than 1,000,000, unless the blocking of the crossing is by reason of circumstances over which the person or entity has no reasonable control, is necessary for maintenance of the crossing, or is otherwise allowed or required under State or federal law, rule, or regulation. Provides exemptions and a petty offense penalty for blocking 15 minutes or less and a business offense penalty for blocking exceeding 15 minutes. Provides graduated fines and that all fines collected shall be deposited into the Rail Crossing Blocking Fund. Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Allows the Department to grant funds to any railroad, rail user, or owner or lessee of a railroad right-of-way for improvement or construction of railroad crossings, but only those not in violation of the Rail Crossing Blocking Act or those agreeing to reduce violations of the Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Illinois Vehicle Code to make conforming changes.

 

HB 428

Short Description:  NEGLIGENT HIRING-LIMITATIONS

House Sponsors

Rep. Thomas Morrison

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Limitations on Actions for Negligent Hiring Act. Provides that a cause of action may not be brought against a party solely for hiring an employee or independent contractor who has been convicted of a nonviolent, non-sexual offense. Provides that in a negligent hiring action for the acts of an employee or independent contractor, the fact that the employee or independent contractor was convicted of a nonviolent, non-sexual offense before the beginning of the employee’s or independent contractor’s employment or contractual obligation may not be introduced into evidence. Provides that the new provisions do not preclude any existing cause of action for failure of an employer or other person to provide adequate supervision of an employee or independent contractor, except that the fact that the employee or independent contractor has been convicted of a nonviolent, non-sexual criminal offense may be introduced into evidence in the suit only if: (1) the employer knew of the conviction or was grossly negligent in not knowing of the conviction; and (2) the conviction was directly related to the nature of the employee’s or independent contractor’s work and the conduct that gave rise to the alleged injury that is the basis of the suit. Provides exceptions in certain situations.

 

HB 434

Short Description:  ESTATE TAX-REPEAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Ed Sullivan

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Provides that no tax shall be imposed under the Act for persons dying on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or for transfers made on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB 437

Short Description:  EPA-COMPOST DROP OFF

House Sponsors

Rep. Barbara Wheeler-Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the Environmental Protection Agency may approve the operation of one-day household composting collection events. Establishes requirements for the compost collection events. Requests for approval shall be submitted on forms prescribed by the Agency. Provides that the Agency shall establish a pilot program to permit the operation of no more than 3 permanent drop-off sites for household organic waste collection. Establishes requirements for the permanent drop-off sites. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 485

Short Description:  INC TX-CREDITS

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that no corporate entity may claim an income tax credit, deduction, or exemption that is created by an Act of the General Assembly that first takes effect on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly. Provides that no credit, deduction, or exemption that is available to corporate entities on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly may be expanded by an Act of the General Assembly or by a rule adopted by a State agency. These changes are repealed on January 11, 2017. Creates a Corporate Tax Incentive Accountability Commission. Effective immediately.

 

HB 496

Short Description:  RIGHT TO TRY ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Daniel V. Beiser

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Right to Try Act. Provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase 1 of a clinical trial, but has not been approved for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Provides that a manufacturer may, but is not required to, provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient, either with or without receiving compensation. Provides that an accident and health insurer may, but is not required to, provide coverage for an eligible patient seeking such a drug, product, or device. Provides that an entity responsible for Medicare certification may not take action against a health care provider’s Medicare certification based solely on the health care provider’s recommendation that a patient have access to an investigational drug, biological product, or device. Defines required terms. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit of a physician to practice medicine based solely on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device. Amends the Illinois Health Statistics Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to adopt rules for the collection certain types of data from patients under the Right to Try Act.

 

 

HB 1326

Short Description:  EPA-PCB DISPOSAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol Ammons

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Prohibits the disposal of (1) Manufactured Gas Plant waste in specified levels and (2) Polychlorinated Biphenyl waste in any landfill whose run off goes into the Mahomet Aquifer.

 

HB 1333  -IMA Initiative

Short Description:  INC TX-R AND D CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. Provides that the credit may be carried forward for a period of 20 years (instead of 5 years). Increases the amount of the research and development credit by providing that the increase in qualifying expenditures shall be an increase over 50% (instead of 100%) of the average of the qualifying expenditures for each year in the base period. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1335

Short Description:  RIGHT TO TRY ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Greg Harris-John D. Anthony

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Right to Try Act. Provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase I of a clinical trial, but has not been approved for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Provides that a manufacturer may, but is not required to, provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient, either with or without receiving compensation. Provides that an accident and health insurer may, but is not required to, provide coverage for an eligible patient seeking such a drug, product, or device. Contains a penalty provision. Defines required terms. Contains legislative findings. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit of a physician to practice medicine based solely on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device.

 

HB 1345

Short Description:  VEH CD-REMIT AGENT DEALER APP

House Sponsors

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Requires a minimum of 8 hours of prelicensing education by an owner, principal, corporate officer, director, or member or partner of a limited liability company or limited liability partnership of the applicant for a remittance agent license. Provides that the education program course curricula and instruction must be approved by the Secretary of State. Provides that each person who successfully completes an approved prelicensing education program shall be issued a certificate. Requires that a copy of the certificate be submitted with the remittance agent license application. Adds convictions for criminal forcible felonies to the list of disqualifying violations for new and used vehicle dealer licensing. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 1346

Short Description:  ZONE ADMINISTRATOR

House Sponsors

Rep. Anthony DeLuca

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Provides that in a zone designated by a single municipality or county, the Zone Administrator must be an officer or employee of that municipality or county. Provides that in a zone designated by multiple municipalities or counties, the local governing body of that zone may select an officer or employee of a participating municipality or county as its Zone Administrator, or the governing body may conduct a competitive Request for Proposals process to select a person or organization experienced in economic development to be its Zone Administrator.

 

HB 1352  -IMA Initiative

Short Description:  PROP TX-POLLUTION CONTROL

House Sponsors

Rep. Jay Hoffman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is (i) located within a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants and (ii) used for a petroleum refinery may be the subject of a real property tax assessment settlement agreement if litigation is or was pending as to its assessed valuation as of January 1, 2003 or thereafter. Provides that wind turbines and ethanol producing facilities shall not be considered pollution control facilities. Makes changes concerning the valuation of pollution control facilities. Provides that the effective date of a certificate for designation as a pollution control facility shall be January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued (instead of the date of application for the certificate or the date of the construction of the facility, whichever is later).

 

HB 1358

Short Description:  INS CD-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

House Sponsors

Rep. Esther Golar-Barbara Flynn Currie

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance must provide coverage for medically necessary preventative physical therapy for insureds diagnosed with multiple sclerosis without any treatment limitation or calendar year maximum. Removes requirements that coverage under this provision be subject to the same waiting period, cost sharing limitation, treatment limitation, calendar year maximum, or other limitation as provided for other physical or rehabilitative therapy benefits.

 

HB 1362

Short Description:  WASTE MGMT-AGENCY RECYCLING

House Sponsors

Rep. Emily McAsey

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Solid Waste Management Act. Provides that, all State agencies responsible for the maintenance of public lands in the State shall review its procurement specifications and policies to determine (1) if incorporating compost materials will help reduce stormwater run-off and increase infiltration of moisture in land maintenance activities and (2) the current recycled content usage and potential for additional recycled content usage by the Agency in land maintenance activities and report to the General Assembly by December 15, 2015. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1366

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-SOCIAL SECURITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that none of the amount received by an individual as primary social security old age and disability retirement benefits shall constitute disqualifying income.

 

HB 1368

Short Description:  EMPLOYEE PAID HEALTH CARE TIME

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Employee Paid Health Care Time Act. Provides that employees shall accrue paid health care time at a rate of not less than one hour for every 22 hours worked for an employer with 50 or more employees and at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked for an employer with fewer than 50 employees. Sets forth purposes for which paid health care time may be used. Applies to employers employing one or more individuals. Defines terms.

 

HB 1380

Short Description:  PUBLIC LABOR-ATTORNEY FEES

House Sponsors

Rep. Brandon W. Phelps

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that, unless mutually agreed otherwise, any party to a collective bargaining agreement who fails to timely comply with an arbitration award or who, after timely demand, fails to submit a grievance dispute concerning the administration or interpretation of an agreement to arbitration shall pay to the prevailing party all reasonable costs of the proceeding in the trial and reviewing courts, including reasonable attorneys’ fees. Provides that a charging party or person who, pursuant to an application for judicial review of an order of the Board issued in relation to an unfair labor practice proceeding, obtains a stay of the Board’s order pending judicial review shall pay all reasonable costs of the proceedings in the reviewing courts, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, as determined by the court, in the event the final unappealable decision of the reviewing courts is adverse to the party obtaining the stay. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1383

Short Description:  TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM

House Sponsors

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Transportation Benefits Program Act. Requires all covered employers to offer at least one transportation benefit program. Provides that the employer may choose between providing a program consistent with federal law that allows employees 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 or for the purchase of qualified parking, or a program under which the employer supplies a transit pass for the particular qualifying public transit requested by the covered employee or reimburses the covered employee for payments made for the use of qualified parking. Defines terms. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 1429

Short Description:  PROCUREMENT CD-RECYCLED SUPPLY

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol A. Sente

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that an otherwise qualified bidder or offeror who will fulfill the contract through the use of products made of recycled supplies shall (currently, may) be given a preference over bidders or offerors unable to do so, provided that the cost included in the bid of supplies is equal or less than other bids or offers. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 1430

Short Description:  UNEMP TAX PAY QUARTERLY

House Sponsors

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that in the discretion of the Director, employer contributions may be paid in quarterly installments.

 

HB 1433

Short Description:  EDGE-WITHHOLDING

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Provides that, for agreements entered into on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no Taxpayer may elect to apply the credit against its withholding tax liability unless certain conditions are met. Provides that each application for credits must contain an affidavit signed by the Taxpayer’s chief executive officer or chief financial officer, or an individual holding an equivalent position, stating that, but for the Credit, the Taxpayer would not locate the project in the State. Requires the Department to post the taxpayer’s tax information on its website. In the case of all EDGE credits, provides that, if the Applicant’s project includes retained employees, the Credit may also include an amount agreed to between the Department and the Applicant based on the severity of the poverty or unemployment in the geographic area in which the Applicant’s project is located or the retained employees reside. Provides that that amount may not be more than 40% of the total amount withheld from the compensation of retained employees. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to allow the Department of Revenue to provide information to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the purpose of confirming the tax information submitted by the Taxpayer. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1455

Short Description:  ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS RECYCLING

House Sponsors

Rep. Emily McAsey-Grant Wehrli-Sam Yingling

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that a manufacturer may count the total weight of a cathode ray tube device, prior to processing, towards its goal under this Section if all recyclable components are removed from the device and the cathode ray tube glass is managed in a manner that complies with all Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations for handling, treatment, and disposition of cathode ray tubes. Provides that, for specified categories of electronic devices, each manufacturer shall recycle or reuse at least 80% (was at least 50%) of the total weight of the electronic devices that the manufacturer sold in that category in Illinois during the calendar year 2 years before the applicable program year. Provides that a registered recycler or a refurbisher of CEDs and EEDs for a manufacturer obligated to meet goals may not charge individual consumers or units of local government acting as collectors a fee to recycle or refurbish CEDs and EEDs, unless the recycler or refurbisher provides (i) a financial incentive, such as a coupon, that is of greater or equal value to the fee being charged or (ii) premium service, such as curbside collection, home pick-up, drop-off locations, or a similar methods of collection. Provides that, in program year 2015, and each year thereafter, if the total weight of CEDs and EEDs recycled or processed for reuse by the manufacturer is less than 100% of the manufacturer’s individual recycling or reuse goal set forth in a specified provision of the Act, the manufacturer shall pay a penalty equal to the product of (i) $0.70 per pound; multiplied by (ii) the difference between the manufacturer’s individual recycling or reuse goal and the total weight of CEDs and EEDs recycled or processed for reuse by the manufacturer during the program year. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1524

Short Description:  VEH CD - WEIGHT POSTINGS

House Sponsors

Rep. Brian W. Stewart

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Allows highway commissioners to prohibit operation of trucks or other commercial vehicles, or impose weight limitations on those vehicles, on designated highways after conducting a public hearing and approving a resolution. Provides that if written notice requesting a road not be posted at a permanently reduced weight is signed by 3 persons owning land in that road district and is given to the highway commissioner who fails to change or evaluate a permanently reduced weight limit, the 3 landowners may petition the county superintendent of highways. Requires a petitioned county superintendent of highways to hold a hearing on the petitioned issue, and allows him or her to order the highway commissioner to change a posted weight limit. Provides that if the highway commissioner disobeys the order of the county superintendent, he or she is guilty of a petty offense, and subject to removal from office.

 

HB 1526

Short Description:  UNEMPLOYMENT BEN-MISCONDUCT

House Sponsors

Rep. Brian W. Stewart

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that an individual who has been suspended for misconduct connected with his or her work shall be ineligible for benefits. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1555

Short Description:  ESTATE TAX-CALCULATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Provides that, for estates of persons dying on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the amount of the Illinois estate tax shall be the product of (i) the sum of (A) 5.5% of the first $4,700,000 of the Illinois base estate and (B) 9% of the Illinois base estate in excess of $4,700,000, multiplied by the Illinois taxable percentage. Defines Illinois base estate as the federal gross estate, subject to certain modifications. Defines “Illinois taxable percentage” as the total value of transfers with situs in Illinois divided by the total value of all transferred property. Provides that the amount of the Illinois generation-skipping transfer tax shall be 7.5% of the value of the transferred property as determined for purposes of the federal generation-skipping transfer tax. Removes provisions providing for a separate marital deduction for qualified terminable interest property for Illinois estate tax purposes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 1559

Short Description:  ELEC CD-REDISTRICTING

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Redistricting Standards Act. Defines terms. Establishes procedures for preparations for redistricting plans, time tables for redistricting, and redistricting standards. Creates the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission. Repeals the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011 and the Redistricting Transparency and Public Participation Act.

 

HB 1564

Short Description:  EDGE-NO NEW CREDITS

House Sponsors

Rep. David McSweeney

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Provides that no new Agreements may be entered into under the Act on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Foster Homes and Specialized Foster Care Fund and the Permanent Unpaid Bill Repayment Fund. Provides that moneys in the Foster Homes and Specialized Foster Care Fund shall be used by the Department of Children and Family Services for the purpose of providing specialized care to children who are in a subsidized guardianship arrangement or under an adoption assistance agreement and require specialized services because of emotional, behavioral, developmental, or medical needs. Provides for transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Foster Homes and Specialized Foster Care Fund. Provides that excess moneys in the Foster Homes and Specialized Foster Care Fund shall be transferred to the Permanent Unpaid Bill Repayment Fund. Provides that moneys in the Permanent Unpaid Bill Repayment Fund shall be used to make payments to bona fide creditors of the State. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2401

Short Description:  EPA-COAL TAR BAN

House Sponsors

Rep. Laura Fine

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2016, no person may knowingly cause or allow sale at wholesale or retail of a coal tar sealant product. Provides that, on and after July 1, 2017, no person may knowingly cause or allow application of a coal tar sealant product on any surface in the State of Illinois including but not limited to a driveway, parking area, playground, sidewalk, bike trail or roadway. Provides that a city or county may adopt ordinances providing for enforcement of the requirements of this provision. Provides that any violation of this provision shall be enforceable by administrative citation. Provides that penalties for violation may not exceed $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for the second offense. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2404

Short Description:  ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

House Sponsors

Rep. Kathleen Willis

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the School Code and the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Provides that specified provisions concerning cigarettes apply also to electronic cigarettes. Defines “electronic cigarette” as any electronically actuated device which in operation causes the user to exhale any smoke, vapor, or other substance other than those produced by unenhanced human exhalation. Permits theater actors to use electronic cigarettes within performance spaces. Defines other terms.

 

HB 2412

Short Description:  INCOME TAX-VETERANS

House Sponsors

Rep. John M. Cabello

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes changes to a credit awarded for wages paid to qualified veterans. Provides that the credit shall be: (1) $5,000 (instead of 20% of the gross wages, but not to exceed $5,000) for certain veterans who were unemployed at the time of hire; and (2) $1,200 (instead of 10% of the gross wages, but not to exceed $1,200) for other qualified veterans. Changes the definition of “qualified veteran” to include all Illinois residents who are members of the National Guard, reserve, or regular component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Allows the credit to be prorated. Provides that the credit is exempt from the Act’s automatic sunset provision. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2424

Short Description:  DAY LABORERS-DISCRIMINATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Kenneth Dunkin

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a human rights violation for a third party client, as that term is defined by the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, to fail to investigate a staffing agency’s hiring practices if the third party client has reason to believe that the staffing agency is engaging in any discrimination in the hiring and assigning of day laborers. Amends the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. Provides that a day and temporary labor service agency shall collect, from each person seeking work as a day or temporary laborer, demographic information on a contact form which allows the person to self-identify his or her race and gender. Provides that the collected information shall be maintained separately from any personnel files used to make job assignments. Provides that the day and temporary labor service agency shall submit the information to the Department of Labor on an annual basis. Provides that the Department shall use the data to submit a yearly report to the General Assembly. Provides that the report shall detail the hiring practices of each branch office of the day and temporary labor service agency. Provides that an agent of a day and temporary labor service agency who submits to the Department false or altered data is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

 

HB 2425

Short Description:  CIV PRO-TESTIMONY RELIABILITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides limitations upon a non-expert’s opinion or inference testimony. Sets forth requirements regarding: qualifications, testimony, disclosure, and compensation of expert witnesses; bases of expert opinion testimony; limitations on expert testimony; pre-trial hearings and disclosures concerning expert witnesses; precedents to be followed in interpreting the new provisions; interlocutory appeals of rulings on the admissibility of expert evidence; standards to be followed by reviewing courts in determining the admissibility of expert testimony; and severability. Provides that the new provisions apply to actions commenced on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act and pending actions in which a trial has not been scheduled or in which a trial has been scheduled more than 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2426

Short Description:  JUDICIAL DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Judicial Drug Abuse Prevention Act. Defines “drug and alcohol testing” and provides that “judge” includes Supreme Court justices, appellate judges, circuit judges, and associate judges. Provides that a person may not commence service as a judge in this State unless the person has first submitted to drug and alcohol testing, and the drug and alcohol testing has not disclosed any amount of alcohol or a drug, substance, or compound in the person’s urine resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis listed in the Cannabis Control Act, a Schedule I controlled substance listed in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, an intoxicating compound listed in the Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act, or methamphetamine as listed in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act. Provides that presiding judges must submit to random drug and alcohol testing at least once a year, and if the drug and alcohol testing discloses a blood alcohol concentration of more than .02 or any amount of a drug, the judge shall be removed from service until he or she completes a substance abuse program. Provides if a judge is removed from service and subsequently allowed to resume serving as a judge, the judge shall consent to drug and alcohol testing at least 9 times each year for a period of 3 years or until the person is no longer serving as a judge, whichever is shorter. Contains requirements concerning the drug and alcohol testing and substance abuse program. Provides an exemption for the consumption of lawfully prescribed drugs or cannabis by a qualifying patient licensed under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act who is in possession of a valid registry card issued under that Act. Provides that the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts shall implement the provisions of the Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2430

Short Description:  INC TX-JOB CREATION CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that a taxpayer who owns and operates a business in Illinois shall be allowed a credit in the amount of $3,750 per employee hired by the taxpayer and retained for 2 years. Provides that the credit may be allowed in the amount of $2,500 in the year the employee is hired and in the amount of $1,250 in the second year of employment. Provides that if the amount of the credit exceeds the taxpayer’s liability for the taxable year, the excess may be carried forward and applied to the tax liability of the next 5 years. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 2432

Short Description:  INC TX-CAPITAL GAINS CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that a taxpayer shall be allowed an income tax credit equal to 50% of the taxpayer’s qualified investments in a qualified business during the taxable year. Defines “qualified investments” and “qualified business”. Provides that any credit not usable for the taxable year may be carried over for the next 15 succeeding taxable years. Provides that the amount of tax credit available for a calendar year shall be $5,000,000. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2438

Short Description:  PREMISES LIABILITY-REENACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Reenacts and changes provisions of the Premises Liability Act that were added by Public Act 89-7, which was held to be void in its entirety by the Illinois Supreme Court in Best v. Taylor Machine Works. Includes findings. The reenacted provisions describe the duty of reasonable care owed to invited entrants by an owner or occupier of premises, and provide that an owner or occupier of land owes no duty of care to an adult trespasser other than to refrain from willful and wanton conduct that would endanger the safety of a known trespasser from a condition of the property or an activity conducted on the property. Provides that the reenacted provisions apply to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date of reenactment.

 

HB 2439

Short Description:  CIV PRO-JOINT LIABILITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. In provisions making certain defendants severally liable or jointly and severally liable for specified damages, includes any third party defendants who could have been sued by the plaintiff (rather than any third party defendants except the plaintiff’s employer).

 

HB 2444

Short Description:  INC TX-REFUND CARRYFORWARD

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that a taxpayer may carry forward a tax refund to the following taxable year. Provides that income tax return forms shall contain appropriate explanations and spaces to enable the taxpayer to elect to carry forward their refund to the following taxable year.

 

HB 2450

Short Description:  CONS FRAUD-CONTACT LENS PRICE

House Sponsors

Rep. Daniel J. Burke

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that it is an unlawful practice for a manufacturer or distributor of prescription contact lenses to prevent a retailer from selling or advertising contact lenses below any specified price.

 

HB 2451

Short Description:  UNEMP INS VOLUNTARY LEAVING

House Sponsors

Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that individuals who voluntarily leave employment to enroll in and attend a Department-approved training course are not ineligible for benefits. Provides that an employer shall not be charged for benefit charges resulting from payments to a claimant if the claimant is enrolled in and attending a Department-approved training course.

 

HB 2458

Short Description:  INC TX-EARNED INCOME CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Increases the earned income tax credit to (i) 12% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2015 and ending prior to December 31, 2016, (ii) 14% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2016 and ending prior to December 31, 2017, (iii) 16% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2017 and ending prior to December 31, 2018, (iv) 18% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and ending prior to December 31, 2019, and (v) 20% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2459

Short Description:  CNTY CD-STORMWATER MGMT-FEE

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Counties Code. Provides that DuPage County shall not adopt any fee schedule regarding management and mitigation of the effects of urbanization on stormwater drainage unless (i) a referendum has been passed approving a stormwater tax; or (ii) the question of the adoption of a fee schedule with the same limit as the authorized stormwater tax has been approved in a referendum by a majority of those voting on the question. Further provides that an annual stormwater tax in DuPage County shall not be levied until the question of its adoption has been submitted to the electors and approved by a majority of the electors. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2460

Short Description:  CNTY CD-DUPAGE STORMWATER MGMT

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Counties Code. Provides that DuPage County is no longer subject to a Section which allows management and mitigation of the effects of urbanization on stormwater drainage. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2495

Short Description:  SOLID WASTE MGMT-COMPOSTABLES

House Sponsors

Rep. Sam Yingling

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Solid Waste Management Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall work with nationally based consumer groups and trade associations to develop nationally recognized logos which may be used to indicate whether a container and any other consumer products which are claimed to be recyclable by a product manufacturer are recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable. Provides that the Department shall develop and conduct a public education and awareness campaign to encourage the public to look for and buy products in containers which are recyclable or compostable.

 

HB 2498

Short Description:  UTILITIES ACT-NATURAL GAS

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly Burke

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Retail Electric Competition Article of the Public Utilities Act. Renames the Article the Retail Electric and Natural Gas Competition Act. Adds findings related to the development and evolution of an effectively competitive retail natural gas market. Provides that solutions proposed by the Office of Retail Market Development of the Illinois Commerce Commission to promote retail competition must also promote safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas service (in addition to electric service), and makes conforming changes in an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor. Provides that the Commission shall consult with natural gas utilities and suppliers to expand access to natural gas suppliers for residential and small business consumers.

 

HB 2508

Short Description:  RIGHT TO TRY ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris-Greg Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Right to Try Act. Provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase I of a clinical trial, but has not been approved for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Provides that a manufacturer may, but is not required to, provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient, either with or without receiving compensation. Provides that an accident and health insurer may, but is not required to, provide coverage for an eligible patient seeking such a drug, product, or device. Contains a penalty provision. Defines required terms. Contains legislative findings. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit of a physician to practice medicine based solely on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device.

 

HB 2513

Short Description:  CIGARETTE TAX-TRAININ

House Sponsors

Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995. Provides that a person who is both a licensed distributor and a licensed retailer shall be issued a single license number by the Department of Revenue. Provides that records may be kept electronically and may be kept at an out-of-state location so long as those records are made available upon reasonable notice for the purpose of investigation and control by the Department of Revenue. Amends the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act. In provisions that provide for increased penalties for retailers that do not have training programs, provides that those training programs may be conducted electronically. Provides that, if a retailer has a training program in place prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act, has a training program approved by another state, or follows the guidelines set forth by the federal Food and Drug Administration, then that training program shall be deemed to meet the minimum standards in this State. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 2531

Short Description:  JOB CREATION-FINANCE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael W. Tryon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Jobs Creation Finance Act. Provides that municipalities may designate job creation areas. Provides that businesses that undertake job creation projects in those designated areas are eligible for certain tax incentives. Provides that municipalities may issue bonds in connection with those projects. Contains provisions concerning public hearings. Contains numerous other provisions. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2549

Short Description:  BEST CANDIDATE FOR JOB ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Esther Golar

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Best Candidate for the Job Act. Provides that private employers shall properly consider for employment persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses. Prohibits discrimination against such persons unless there is a direct relationship between the offense and the specific employment sought. Establishes criteria for evaluating convictions. Provides that an employer that demonstrates that it has hired an individual pursuant to the Act, except for a willful or wanton act in hiring an individual, shall not be liable for acts or omissions by the employee. Exempts law enforcement agencies.

 

HB 2552

Short Description:  INS CD-EMPLOYERS INS CO

House Sponsors

Rep. Laura Fine

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. In the provision concerning the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Operations Fund surcharge, provides that after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Director of Insurance shall make one or more loans to the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Company (the Company) in an amount not to exceed an aggregate amount of $10,000,000 from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Operations Fund for the start-up funding and initial capitalization of the Company. Creates the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Company Article in the Code and establishes the Company as a nonprofit, independent public corporation. Provides that the Company (1) shall be operated as a domestic mutual insurance company, subject to all applicable provisions of the Code, (2) shall issue insurance for workers’ compensation and occupational disease and shall not provide any other type of insurance, (3) shall not be considered a State agency or instrumentality of the State for any purpose, and (4) shall not receive any State appropriations or funds, except for an initial loan or loans. Sets forth provisions concerning a board of directors, ratemaking, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund, a chief executive officer, liability, a workplace safety plan, investments, dividends, the sale of policies, auditing requirements, and an annual report. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2562

Short Description:  INS CD-CLINICAL TRIALS

House Sponsors

Rep. Robyn Gabel

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Amends provisions that prohibit individual or group policies of accident and health insurance from canceling or non-renewing policies for any individual based on that individual’s participation in a qualified cancer trial to include other qualified clinical trials. Provides that the cancer or other qualified clinical trial may be at Phase I of investigation. Requires research trials to be authorized by an institutional review board of an institution approved by the Office of Human Research Protections of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that no person shall be denied medical assistance based upon that individual’s participation in a cancer or other qualified clinical trial if such trial meets the conditions for clinical trials established in the Illinois Insurance Code. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 2584

Short Description:  JUDGMENT DEBTORS-VARIOUS

House Sponsors

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Makes changes in Sections governing: interest on judgments; supplementary proceedings; wages subject to collection; summons and issuance for proceedings relating to wage collection orders; employer duties; and personal property exempt from judgment. Adds a Section providing for the upward adjustment of exempted amounts in specified situations. Amends the Illinois Wage Assignment Act. Provides that no assignment of wages earned or to be earned is valid. Repeals the remainder of the substance of the Act. Makes a corresponding change in the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 2597 –IMA Initiative

Short Description:  UNEMPLOYMNT CONTRBUTE QUARTRLY

House Sponsors

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that upon payment of an annual administrative fee not exceeding $100, during the first 3 calendar quarters an employer may pay its quarterly contributions due for wages in equal installments. Establishes a schedule for payment of the contributions. Provides for the accrual of interest. Authorizes the issuance of necessary rules. Provides that payment on a quarterly basis is not available for calendar years when there are outstanding bonds under the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Financing Act.

 

HB 2607

Short Description:  RENEWABLE RESOURCE PROCUREMENT

House Sponsors

Rep. Elaine Nekritz

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Requires the Planning and Procurement Bureau to establish a long-term renewable resources procurement plan that includes all renewable energy credits necessary to meet specified goals (replacing the current renewable portfolio standards). Sets forth guidelines for what shall be included in the procurement plan. Makes changes to provisions concerning definitions, the powers of the Agency, the Illinois Power Agency Renewable Energy Resources Fund, and the duties of the Planning and Procurement Bureau. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Makes changes concerning nondiscrimination, energy efficiency and demand-response measures, natural gas efficiency programs, real-time pricing, infrastructure investment and modernization, the Illinois Smart Grid test bed, and on-bill financing programs for electric and gas utilities. Adds provisions related to renewable energy credit procurement. Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that upon promulgation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a final rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric generating units, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency shall be authorized to implement a cap and invest program or similar market mechanism to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2611

Short Description:  VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION MASONRY

House Sponsors

Rep. Dan Brady

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Vertical Construction Masonry Composition Act. Provides that vertical commercial construction must contain at least 15% masonry components unless the use of the masonry components would cause the building to be structurally deficient.

 

HB 2629 –IMA Initiative

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-MPC

House Sponsors

Rep. Jehan A. Gordon-Booth

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the Manufacturer’s Purchase Credit may only be used to satisfy the Use Tax or Service Use Tax liability incurred on production related tangible personal property purchased on or after September 1, 2004 and prior to August 31, 2015. Provides that the manufacturing and assembling machinery and equipment exemption includes production related tangible personal property. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 2649

Short Description:  NON-HOME RULE-ROT-RATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Anthony DeLuca-Ron Sandack

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the rate of tax under the Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act, the Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Non-Home Rule Municipal Use Tax Act may not exceed 2% (currently, 1%). Provides that the rate of tax that may be imposed for municipal operations may not exceed 1%. With respect to the Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act, the Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Non-Home Rule Municipal Use Tax Act, provides that the term “public infrastructure” includes the acquisition, repair, and maintenance of public safety equipment. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2653  –IMA Initiative

Short Description:  BAN CRIB BUMPER PADS

House Sponsors

Rep. Rita Mayfield

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Children’s Product Safety Act. Prohibits a commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer from selling, offering to sell, leasing, or offering to lease a crib bumper pad in the State unless it meets specified safety standards. Imposes a civil penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $500 for each violation. Provides for the deposit of these civil penalties into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund.

 

HB 2659

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-FIREARMS

House Sponsors

Rep. Rita Mayfield

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Imposes a 3.75% surcharge on firearms and firearm component parts. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the At-Risk Youth Assistance Fund. Provides that the 3.75% surcharge shall be deposited into the Fund. Sets forth the purposes for which moneys in the Fund may be used. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 2667

Short Description:  HEAL ACT-BEVERAGES

House Sponsors

Rep. Robyn Gabel

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act. Imposes a tax on distributors of bottled sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, or powders at the rate of $0.01 per ounce of bottled sugar-sweetened beverages sold or offered for sale to a retailer for sale in the State to a consumer. Requires those distributors to obtain permits. Provides that 2% of the moneys shall be deposited into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund for the administrative costs of the Department of Revenue, and 98% of the moneys shall be deposited into the Illinois Wellness Fund to be used for wellness programs and for expanded obesity prevention and treatment services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Creates an Advisory Council to govern the distribution of Illinois Wellness Fund moneys. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 2691

Short Description:  CONS FRAUD COPYRIGHT DEMAND

House Sponsors

Rep. Peter Breen

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that it is an unlawful practice to claim that another has infringed upon a copyright if the claim falsely threatens adverse administrative or judicial action, the assertions lack a reasonable basis in fact or law, the person making the assertion is not, or does not represent, a person with a current right to license the copyright, or the claim fails to make certain other disclosures. Provides that a person who sends certain written communications bears liability or owes compensation to another person if: (1) the communication falsely states that litigation has been filed against the intended recipient; or (2) the assertions contained in the communication lack a reasonable basis in fact or law because the communication seeks compensation for a copyright that has been held invalid or unenforceable in a final, unappealable or unappealed, judicial or administrative decision. Provides that nothing in the provisions shall be construed to deem it an unlawful practice for any person who owns or has the right to license or enforce a copyright to: (1) advise others of that ownership or right of license or enforcement; (2) communicate to others that the copyright is available for license or sale; (3) notify another of the infringement of the copyright; or (4) seek compensation on account of past or present infringement or for a license to the copyright.

 

HB 2698

Short Description:  FAILURE TO PAY WAGE-FELONY

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provides that an employer that is able to pay wages and who refuses to pay is guilty of a Class 4 felony rather than a misdemeanor. Provides that a subsequent failure to pay within 5, rather than 2, years of a prior conviction is a Class 3, rather than Class 4, felony.

 

HB 2743

Short Description:  INS CD-ABUSE DETERRENT OPIOIDS

House Sponsors

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code, the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act, and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that government programs and accident and health insurance policies providing coverage for prescription drugs shall provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs as preferred drugs on their formulary, preferred drug list, or other lists of similar construct. Prohibits cost sharing for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs that exceeds the lowest cost sharing level applied to prescription drugs. Prohibits insurers from requiring require that a covered individual first use an opioid analgesic drug product without abuse-deterrence labeling claims before providing coverage for an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic product. Provides that any prior authorization requirements or other utilization review measures for opioid analgesic drug products, and any service denials made under those, shall not require first use of non-abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products in order to access opioid analgesic drug products with abuse-deterrent properties.

 

HB 2748

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP-INJURY

House Sponsors

Rep. Steven Andersson

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Defines the terms “accident” and “injury”. Provides that “injury” includes the aggravation of a pre-existing condition by an accident arising out of and in the course of the employment, but only for so long as the aggravation of the pre-existing condition continues to be the major contributing cause of the disability. Provides that an injury resulting directly or indirectly from idiopathic causes is not compensable.

 

HB 2759

Short Description:  POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Sam Yingling

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the portion of a site or facility that is not at more than 3 locations that currently is permitted to accept landscape waste selected by the Environmental Protection Agency is not a pollution control facility. Makes a change to a provision concerning modification of an existing permit for the transfer of landscape waste. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2761

Short Description:  PROP TX-MANUFACTURING ABATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael J. Zalewski and Michael W. Tryon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any county, municipality, village, or township may abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by that county, municipality, village, or township on the property of a qualified tool and manufacturing business located within that county, municipality, village, or township. Provides that, if a county, municipality, village, or township passes an ordinance or resolution providing for such an abatement, any taxing district located in whole or in part within that county, municipality, village or township may also abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by the taxing district on that property. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2769

Short Description:  INS CD-NON DISCRIMINATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Robert F. Martwick

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that neither a group health plan nor an accident and health insurer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable State law.

 

HB 2783

Short Description:  PROPANE/PROPANE ACCES-INSPEC

House Sponsors

Rep. Daniel V. Beiser

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation Act. Provides that all liquefied petroleum gas containers and their pipings, fittings, connections, and other applicable accessories shall be inspected no less than once every 2 years. Provides that the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall adopt rules to implement the new provisions.

 

HB 2789

Short Description:  CRIM CD-ASSAULT WEAPON&.50 CAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Laura Fine

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, it is unlawful for any person within the State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed a semi-automatic assault weapon, an assault weapon attachment, any .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Provides that these provisions do not apply to a person who possessed a prohibited weapon, device, or attachment before the effective date of the amendatory Act if the person has provided proof of ownership to the Department of State Police within 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the person may transfer the weapon or assault weapon attachment only to an heir, an individual residing in another state maintaining that device in another state, or a dealer licensed as a federal firearms dealer. Specifies penalties for violations. Provides exemptions. Effective immediately.

 

HB 2791

Short Description:  EMPLOYMENT STUDY-CHILD SUPPORT

House Sponsors

Rep. Camille Y. Lilly

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to conduct a study regarding credit and background checks conducted by public and private employers. Provides that the purpose of the study is to determine what, if any, impact unpaid child support information has on an individual’s ability to be considered, interviewed, and hired by an employer. Sets forth the focus of the study. Provides that the study may include data related to the prevalence of information regarding unpaid child support on standard employer credit and background checks, the prevalence of criminal versus civil judgments on standard employer credit and background checks, and the number of employers who utilize this information when screening applicants for employment. Requires the Department to report the results of the study to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before May 1, 2017. Effective January 1, 2018.

 

HB 2795

Short Description:  E-VERIFY REQUIRE EMPLOYER

House Sponsors

Rep. Adam Brown

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Requires every employer, after hiring an employee, to verify the employment eligibility of the employee through the E-Verify program. Provides that, in addition to any other requirement for an employer to receive a grant, loan, or performance-based incentive from any government entity, the employer shall register with and participate in the E-Verify program. Provides that before receiving the economic development incentive, the employer shall provide proof to the government entity that the employer is registered with and is participating in the E-Verify program. Provides that the State, its political subdivisions, and units of local government, including home rule units, shall require each employer to use an Employment Eligibility Verification System as a condition of receiving a government contract or a business license.

 

HB 2799

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP-INJURY

House Sponsors

Rep. Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Defines the terms “accident” and “injury”. Provides that “injury” includes the aggravation of a pre-existing condition by an accident arising out of and in the course of the employment, but only for so long as the aggravation of the pre-existing condition continues to be the major contributing cause of the disability. Provides that an injury resulting directly or indirectly from idiopathic causes is not compensable.

 

HB 2803

Short Description:  FALSE CLAIMS ACT-TAX CLAIMS

House Sponsors

Rep. Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois False Claims Act. Provides that no court has jurisdiction over a civil action relating to or involving a false claim regarding certain tax acts administered by the Department of Revenue, unless the action is brought by the Attorney General. Provides that the Department of Revenue shall have the sole authority to bring an administrative action and that the Attorney General shall have the sole authority to bring a judicial action under the Act for a false claim, statement, or record pertaining to certain taxes administered by the Department of Revenue. Contains provisions concerning reporting, investigative, and enforcement procedures for allegations of false claims pertaining to certain taxes. Contains provisions governing the payment of rewards to persons who provide information that leads to recovery of funds under the new provisions. Provides that the appeal of a determination regarding an award may be appealed exclusively to the Court of Claims and must be filed within 30 days of the determination of the award. Makes a corresponding change in the Court of Claims Act.

 

HB 2804

Short Description:  DEPT LABOR-PRIVATE LTR RULING

House Sponsors

Rep. Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Department of Labor Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that an Illinois employer may request a written, legally binding private letter ruling from the Department of Labor regarding any law under the jurisdiction of the Department, that private letter rulings are issued by the Department in response to specific employer inquiries concerning the application of a statute or rule to a particular fact situation, and that private letter rulings are binding on the Department only as to the employer who is the subject of the request for ruling. Contains provisions regarding: submission of requests; contents of requests; parties entitled to make requests; issuance of private letter rulings; effect of private letter rulings; uses of private letter rulings; and other matters.

 

HB 2942

Short Description:  OCC TAX-ROAD FUND

House Sponsors

Rep. Adam Brown

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2015, each month the Department shall pay into the Road Fund 80% of the net revenue realized for the preceding month from the sale of motor fuel and gasohol. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2015, each month the Department shall pay 20% of the net revenue realized for the preceding month from the sale of motor fuel and gasohol into certain local tax funds. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3078

Short Description:  OCCUPATION TAX-FARM MACHINE

House Sponsors

Rep. Raymond Poe

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that farm machinery also includes machinery utilized in the clearing and preparing of land for production agriculture.

 

HB 3082

Short Description:  UNEMPLOYMENT-EMPLOYER REPORTS

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Deletes provisions requiring employers to file, on a monthly basis, reports regarding employee wages.

 

HB 3096

Short Description:  OIL & GAS-PERMIT MORATORIUM

House Sponsors

Rep. Deborah Conroy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Oil and Gas Wells on Public Lands Act. Provides that on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no new permits shall be issued for surface extraction activities on lands owned by the Department of Natural Resources or the federal government. Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from entering into contracts in writing designating any person as the permittee of the State of Illinois with the exclusive right to prospect and explore public lands of the State of Illinois for the occurrence of petroleum. Repeals provisions governing certain petroleum leases, right of way over public lands, and preferential rights to prospecting permits. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3105

Short Description:  INC TX-R AND D CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Steven Andersson

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. Provides that the research and development credit may be carried forward for a period of 20 taxable years (now, 5 taxable years) or carried back for one taxable year. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3110

Short Description:  USE/OCC-AIRPLANE FUEL

House Sponsors

Rep. Lou Lang

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the State Finance Act, the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act, the Local Mass Transit District Act, the Regional Transportation Authority Act, and the Water Commission Act of 1985. Provides that, for the purposes of local sales tax sourcing, a retail sale of fuel or petroleum products used by an aircraft shall be deemed to be a retail sale at the place where the fuel or petroleum products are delivered to the aircraft. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3121

Short Description:  ROTA-DISCLOSE COUNTIES

House Sponsors

Rep. Tom Demmer

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that certain information that may be disclosed to municipalities may also be disclosed to counties. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3122

Short Description:  VETERANS-EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE

House Sponsors

Rep. Robert W. Pritchard

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act. Provides that in every private, nonpublic employment in this State, honorably discharged veterans of any war of the United States, or of any military campaign for which a campaign ribbon has been awarded, and their widows or widowers, may be preferred for employment. Provides that spouses of honorably discharged veterans who have a service-connected permanent and total disability may also be preferred for employment; and that these preferences are not considered violations of any State or local equal employment opportunity law, including, but not limited to, any provision under, or rule adopted pursuant to, the Illinois Human Rights Act.

 

HB 3136

Short Description:  VEH CD-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code and creates a new Chapter on autonomous vehicles. Defines the terms, “autonomous technology”, “autonomous vehicle”, “Secretary”, “operator”, and “manufacturer”. Provides for the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads for testing purposes. Provides that an autonomous vehicle shall not be driven for other than testing purposes unless the manufacturer submits an application meeting certain requirements, and that application is approved by the Secretary of State. Requires the Secretary to adopt regulations setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance, and the submission and approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle. Provides that the Secretary shall approve an application if the applicant has submitted all information and completed testing necessary to satisfy the Secretary that the autonomous vehicles are safe to operate on public roads and the applicant has complied with all requirements specified in the regulations adopted by the Secretary. Allows the Secretary to establish additional requirements by the adoption of regulations that he or she deems necessary to ensure the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads. Allows the Secretary to promulgate regulations to assess a fee upon a manufacturer that submits an application to operate autonomous vehicles on public roads in an amount necessary to recover all costs reasonably incurred by the Secretary.

 

HB 3138

Short Description:  ESTATE TAX-EXCLUSION AMOUNT

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Increases the exclusion amount from $4,000,000 to $5,000,000 for persons dying on or after January 1, 2017.

 

HB 3140

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-GASOHOL

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the tax on gasohol applies to 100% of the proceeds of sales made on or after the effective date (currently, the tax applies to 80% of the proceeds of sales made before December 31, 2018 and 100% of the proceeds of sales made thereafter).

 

HB 3142

Short Description:  SAFETY-TECH

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael W. Tryon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning pollution control facilities.

 

HB 3144

Short Description:  RADIATION PROTECTION - FEES

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol A. Sente

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Radiation Protection Act of 1990. Provides that inspection fees for category II, III, or IV irradiators shall be the full cost of the inspection but shall not exceed $275 per hour.

 

HB 3148

Short Description:  COMPTROLLER-TAX CREDIT PORTAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael W. Tryon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the State Comptroller Act. Requires the State Comptroller to establish on its official website an easily accessible portal that lists tax credit issuance data for projects undertaken by businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations. Requires the Office of the Comptroller to update the portal each State business day.

 

 

HB 3150

Short Description:  UNEMPLOYMENT SERVICE DISABILTY

House Sponsors

Rep. John M. Cabello

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that an individual is not disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits by reason of being entitled to disability benefits related to the person’s military service when the military service disability is determined to be greater than 20%. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3162

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY-BENEFIT CHARGE-60 DAY

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly Burke

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that an employer shall not be subject to benefit charges resulting from payments made to a claimant unless the claimant was employed for 60 (rather than 30) days.

 

 

HB 3166

Short Description:  INC TX-APPRENTICE CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Sue Scherer

 

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit for wages paid pursuant to a qualified apprenticeship program. Provides that a “qualified apprenticeship program” means an apprenticeship program in manufacturing, plastics, or construction trades that is certified by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and at least 4 years in duration. Provides that the credit may not exceed the lesser of (i) 50% of the wages paid by the taxpayer to each apprentice during the taxable year or (ii) $4,800 per apprentice. Provides that the credit may be carried forward for 5 taxable years. Provides that the credit is exempt from the Act’s automatic sunset provision. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3168

Short Description:  REVENUE-FINANCIAL INFORMATION

House Sponsors

Rep. David R. Leitch

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the Department of Revenue may furnish certain financial information to municipalities and counties (now, only municipalities) if the municipality or county agrees in writing to the Act’s confidentiality provisions. Provides that the Department of Revenue is authorized to provide the information to municipalities or counties by electronic means.

 

HB 3174

Short Description:  MOTOR FUEL TAX

House Sponsors

Rep. Mike Fortner

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Metropolitan Transit and Road Improvement Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that, beginning with fiscal year 2016 and thereafter, Road Fund moneys may not be appropriated to certain executive agencies. Prohibits certain transfers from the Road Fund or the State Construction Account Fund. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2015, motor fuel and gasohol must be taxed under the Acts at the rate of 1.25% (now, 6.25%). Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Imposes an additional tax of $0.150 per gallon on motor fuel sold in the State. Provides that this additional tax must be adjusted each fiscal year to account for inflation. Provides that the proceeds of this additional tax must be deposited into the Metropolitan Transit and Road Improvement Fund and sets forth certain requirements regarding distributions from that Fund. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 3188

Short Description:  PERSONAL INFO PROTECTION

House Sponsors

Rep. Ann Williams

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Expands the scope of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation information. Requires notice of breaches of security to be provided to the Attorney General. Requires privacy policies to be posted.

 

HB 3196

Short Description:  EDUC-POSTSECONDARY/WORKFORCE

House Sponsors

Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. Requires the State Superintendent of Education, the executive director of the Illinois Community College Board, the executive director of the Board of Higher Education, and the executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (“Appointing Authorities”) to establish and select individuals to serve as members of one or more advisory committees responsible for delivering recommendations concerning competency-based high school graduation requirements, student readiness for college-level instruction, and early college credit. Requires the chief executive officers of the State agencies participating in the Illinois Pathways Interagency Committee to establish and select individuals to serve as members of one or more advisory committees responsible for delivering recommendations concerning career pathway endorsements and awareness, advising, and planning for postsecondary education and careers. Sets forth provisions concerning common administrative rules of the State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, Board of Higher Education, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission; support systems for school districts, postsecondary institutions, educators, students, and families; and implementation. Amends the School Code to make changes concerning consumer education and required high school courses. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3204

Short Description:  MANAGED CARE-NOTICE OF DENIAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Managed Care Reform and Patients Rights Act. Provides that if a health carrier or insurer denies a request for coverage of a prescription drug, then the health carrier or insurer must give a covered person’s pharmacist, along with the prescribing provider, the reason for denial of coverage of the prescription drug, along with an alternative covered medication, if applicable, and information regarding the procedure for submitting an appeal to the denial. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3219

Short Description:  MEDICINE LOCKING PACKAGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that beginning January 1, 2016, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall implement a pilot project requiring that every new or refilled prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance containing hydrocodone shall only be dispensed in a non-reusable medicine locking closure package. Defines “medicine locking closure package” and “Schedule II controlled substance”. Provides that the medicine locking closure package must be dispensed by the pharmacy with instructions for patient use. Provides that the manufacturer of the medicine locking closure package must make available assistance online or through a toll-free number for patient use. Provides that prescriptions reimbursed via Medicare Part D and Medicaid and prescriptions for individuals residing in facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act are exempt from the requirements of the pilot project. Repeals the provisions creating the pilot project on January 1, 2017. Effective immediately.

 

 

HB 3292

Short Description:  CONCEALED CARRY-VEHICLE

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that an employer may not punish, discipline, terminate, or prohibit a licensee from storing a firearm in his or her vehicle under the Act, except for storing a firearm in his or her vehicle in violation of the provision that the licensee shall not under any circumstance store a firearm or ammunition in his or her vehicle or in a compartment or container within a vehicle located anywhere in or on the street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3293

Short Description:  LOW CARBON ENERGY PORTFOLIO

House Sponsors

Rep. Lawrence M. Walsh

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Requires the Planning and Procurement Bureau to include in procurement plans and competitive procurement processes the procurement of low carbon energy credits (LCE credits) for all of the utilities’ retail customers. Sets forth a low carbon portfolio standard. Provides that the procurement plans shall include cost-effective low carbon energy credits from low carbon energy resources in an amount equal to 70% of each electric utility’s annual retail sales of electricity to retail customers in the State during the planning year immediately prior to the development of the procurement plan. Specifies that a renewable energy credit, carbon emission credit, or LCE credit can only be used once to comply with a single portfolio standard and cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one portfolio standard. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Allows the electric utility to recover through tariffed charges all of the costs associated with the purchase of low carbon energy credits from low carbon energy resources. Requires electric utilities to procure low carbon energy credits from low carbon energy resources for all retail customers in its service area in accordance with provisions concerning the low carbon energy portfolio. Requires electric utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers to provide to its customers on a quarterly basis a pie-chart that graphically depicts the quantity of low carbon energy credits from low carbon energy resources procured as a percentage of the actual load of retail customers within its service area. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3297

Short Description:  EMPLOYEE PAID HLTH CARE LEAVE

House Sponsors

Rep. Christian L. Mitchell

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Employee Paid Health Care Time Act. Provides that employees shall accrue paid health care time at a rate of not less than one hour for every 22 hours worked for an employer with 50 or more employees and at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked for an employer with fewer than 50 employees. Sets forth purposes for which paid health care time may be used. Applies to employers employing one or more individuals. Prohibits retaliation by employers. Defines terms. Provides that a violation by an employer is a petty offense with a fine of $500. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 3323

Short Description:  CORROSION PREVENTION STANDARDS

House Sponsors

Rep. Jay Hoffman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate rules governing corrosion prevention projects affecting a public water supply. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Requires the Department of Transportation to promulgate rules governing corrosion prevention projects affecting eligible bridges. Provides for consideration of industry standards and the handling of hazardous materials. Defines terms.

 

HB 3336

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-DATA CENTERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that tangible personal property used in the construction or operation of a data center that has been granted a certificate of exemption by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is exempt from the taxes imposed under those Acts. Amends the Electricity Excise Tax Law. Provides that business enterprises that are certified as qualifying Illinois data centers by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are exempt from the taxes imposed under the Act. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to provide for certification of qualified data centers. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3341

Short Description:  EPA-STATIONARY SOURCE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael W. Tryon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that “stationary source” does not include a building, structure, facility, or installation causing emissions resulting directly from internal combustion engines for transportation purposes or from a nonroad engine or a nonroad vehicle as defined in a specified provision of the federal Clean Air Act.

 

HB 3345

Short Description:  MINIMUM WAGE-INC TX

House Sponsors

Rep. Arthur Turner

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it to $10.00 per hour on and after July 1, 2016. Provides that the establishment of a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees is an exclusive power and function of the State and is a denial and limitation of the home rule powers and functions, except that the limitation on home rule powers does not apply to a municipality with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees in an amount equal to the increased wages paid as a result of the increase in the minimum wage.

 

HB 3363

Short Description:  NO BAN ON CONSUMER COMMENTS

House Sponsors

Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that it is an unlawful practice to include in a contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services a provision that requires a consumer to waive his or her right to make any statement regarding the consumer’s experience with the business. Establishes civil penalties and provides for the deposit of civil penalties into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund.

 

HB 3378

Short Description:  USE/OCC TX-GASOHOL

House Sponsors

Rep. Jerry F. Costello, II

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, on or after July 1, 2015 and on or before December 31, 2018, the taxes imposed under the Acts apply to 90% of the proceeds of sales of gasohol and 80% of the proceeds of sales of mid-range ethanol blends. Amends the Illinois Renewable Fuels Development Program Act. Provides that grants may be awarded for the following programs: a next generation renewable fuels program, a majority blended ethanol and blender pump infrastructure program, and a research and development program for sustainable corn production and corn-based renewable fuel production. Sets forth the maximum aggregate amount of grants that may be awarded under each program. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3383

Short Description:  INC TX-CORPORATE RATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Jerry F. Costello, II

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reduces the rate of tax on corporations to 4.8% for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. Makes corresponding changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Distributive Fund. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3406

Short Description:  INS CD-MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS

House Sponsors

Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends provisions of the Illinois Insurance Code requiring notice to the customer of the use of a non-original equipment manufacturer aftermarket crash part in a motor vehicle repair and requiring the identification of the manufacturer of a non-original equipment manufacturer aftermarket crash part. Changes the term “aftermarket crash part” to “aftermarket part” and redefines that term to include exterior or interior (instead of only exterior) nonmechanical sheet metal or plastic parts.

 

HB 3407

Short Description:  INS CD-VEHICLE PARTS SUPPLIERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that automobile insurers shall not specify or require any motor vehicle repair shop to utilize specific products, vendors, distributors, manufacturers, or suppliers in order to carry out vehicle repairs for an insured or claimant.

 

HB 3436

Short Description:  CORPORATE TAX DISCLOSURE

House Sponsors

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Illinois Corporate Responsibility and Tax Disclosure Act. Requires certain publicly traded corporations that do business in the State to file with the Secretary of State a statement containing information concerning the corporation’s income tax liability. Provides that the Secretary of State shall make all information contained in those statements available to the public on an ongoing basis in the form of a searchable database accessible through the Internet. Provides that nothing in the Act requires reporting or allows disclosure of information that is confidential and may not be disclosed pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code or any other federal statute.

 

HB 3438

Short Description:  NORTH AMERICAN-MADE VEHICLES

House Sponsors

Rep. Mike Smiddy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Procurement of Domestic Products Act. Provides that all motor vehicles purchased or leased for one year or more by a State agency shall have a Vehicle Identification Number that begins with the number one, the number 2, the number 4, or the number 5. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 3439

Short Description:  EPA-COAL-FIRED GENERATING UNIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study comparing airborne emission reductions of coal-fired electric generating units within the State of Illinois between 1990 and 2014 and forecasting additional reductions for the period from 2014 to 2020. Requires the Agency to identify where and how Agency policies have led to such reductions and are likely to lead to additional reductions going forward and which Illinois regulations are unnecessary because of more stringent State or federal regulations. Requires the Agency to consult with only the owners of each coal-fired electric generating unit in the State when compiling this information. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3456

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-DATA CENTERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Charles E. Meier

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2015 and through June 30, 2025, certain tangible personal property to be used in the construction or operation of a data center is exempt from taxation under the Acts. Provides that the data center must sign an agreement with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity containing the following elements: (1) the data center, including its colocation tenants, must create and maintain at least 30 full-time equivalent jobs; (2) those jobs must pay at least 125% of the median wage paid to full-time employees in the county where the data center is located, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; and (3) at least $25,000,000 in capital must be invested in the data center. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 3461

Short Description:  CONCEALED CARRY-IMMUNITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Charles E. Meier

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that the owner of a business that allows a licensee to carry a firearm into his or her business establishment is not criminally or civilly liable for any acts or omissions that arise from the licensee carrying a firearm into the business establishment. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3462

Short Description:  TRICLOSAN BAN

House Sponsors

Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Prohibits any person or business from selling or offering to sell any cleaning product that contains triclosan and is used by consumers for sanitizing or hand or body cleansing. Provides that this prohibition does not apply to individual products for which specific United States Food and Drug Administration approval for consumer use has been secured. Provides that each violation of this prohibition is a business offense with a fine of $10,000.

 

HB 3467

Short Description:  WRK COMP CONSIDER APPROPRIATED

House Sponsors

Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that, in the event of insufficient funds in the Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund to pay all claims, an amount of money sufficient to make up the deficiency shall be considered to be always appropriated from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Operations Fund, the Rate Adjustment Fund, the Settlement Fund, and the Second Injury Fund. Provides that the minimum payout from the Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund for death or permanent total disability is 364 weeks of benefits payable in a lump sum.

 

HB 3490

Short Description:  CONCEALED CARRY-SIGNS-LIABLE

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that if a sign is posted stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited on private real property, the owner of the private real property is civilly liable for damages for any death or injury that occurs on his or her property as a result of prohibiting firearms on the property. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3499

Short Description:  SALES TAX-SCHOOLS

House Sponsors

Rep. Mike Smiddy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the general rate of tax under the Acts shall be 7.25% (currently, 6.25%). Provides that the additional moneys received from the increase shall be deposited into the School Infrastructure Support Fund. Provides that moneys in the School Infrastructure Support Fund shall be used to make grants to school districts in the State for safety and security upgrades, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, building projects, and facility enhancements, and for the payment of obligations issued by the school district. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the State Finance Act to make conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

HB 3501

Short Description:  TAX INCENTIVE RECAPTURE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michelle Mussman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Business Tax Incentive Recapture Act. Provides that, if a business is awarded a tax incentive in any taxable year, and that business relocates its corporate headquarters from Illinois to another state in the next taxable year, then the Department shall recapture the amount of the tax incentive from the business. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3517

Short Description:  MEDICINE LOCKING PACKAGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Robert F. Martwick

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that beginning July 1, 2015, every new or refilled prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance shall only be dispensed in a medicine locking closure package. Defines “medicine locking closure package” and “Schedule II controlled substance”. Provides that the medicine locking closure package may not be reusable. Provides that the medicine locking closure package must be dispensed by the pharmacy with instructions for patient use. Provides that the manufacturer of the medicine locking closure package must make assistance available online or through a toll-free number for patients. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3518

Short Description:  CIV PRO-CONFIDENTIALITY ORDERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Robert F. Martwick

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Civil Practice Law of the Code of Civil Procedure. Defines “product liability action” and “confidentiality order”. Provides that for good cause shown, a party required to respond to discovery in a product liability action may obtain a confidentiality order. Provides that if the court finds that such a confidentiality order is appropriate, the order shall be narrowly drafted and may permit the subsequent designation of specific confidential materials. Provides that, if a party objects to a designation that limits disclosure or dissemination of materials under a confidentiality order, the party seeking to limit disclosure or dissemination pursuant to a claim of confidentiality must demonstrate, by a preponderance of the evidence, a specific, serious, and substantial interest in confidentiality that outweighs the adverse effect of confidentiality upon the general public health or safety. Provides for appeals of orders denying confidentiality. Provides that the new provisions do not: preclude the use of confidentiality orders to protect trade secrets; apply to laws or regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records; or apply to healthcare services. Contains provisions concerning intervention; prohibited agreements; applicability; and other matters.

 

HB 3519

Short Description:  PHARMACY PRACTICE-BIOSIMILARS

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that a pharmacist may substitute a prescription biosimilar product for a prescribed biological product under certain circumstances. Provides that the Board shall adopt rules for compliance with these provisions. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3521

Short Description:  MOTOR FUEL TAX-RATES

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

 

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that motor fuel is exempt from taxation under those Acts. Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that the rate of tax under that Act shall be (i) 36 cents per gallon for diesel (currently 21.5 cents per gallon) and 35 cents per gallon for other motor fuel (currently, 19 cents per gallon). Provides that certain amounts shall be transferred from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund to the General Revenue Fund.

 

HB 3522

Short Description:  ESTATE TAX-EXCLUSION AMOUNT

House Sponsors

Rep. David Harris

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Provides that the exclusion amount shall be calculated according to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3537

Short Description:  UNEMP INS-CONTRIBUTION RATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Esther Golar

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides for a reduction in the employer’s contribution rate in the amount of 0.1% annually. Provides for a surcharge upon employers in the amount of 0.1% to be deposited into the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund.

 

HB 3541

Short Description:  GREEN CONSTRUCTION ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Emily McAsey

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Energy Efficient Building Act. Renames it as the “Energy Efficient Building and Green Construction Act”. Provides findings as they relate to green construction. Defines “Green Code”. Provides exemptions and applicability of the Green Code. Makes related changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3548

Short Description:  INSURANCE TAX

House Sponsors

Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Insurance Premium Tax Act. Imposes a tax on each authorized domestic, foreign, or alien insurer engaged in the business of entering into contracts of insurance or annuity in the State in an amount equal to 1.3% of the premiums and fees charged for those insurance policies. Provides that the proceeds from the tax shall be deposited into the Flood Catastrophe Fund and shall be used by the Department of Insurance for the purpose of providing reimbursement to insurers for a portion of their catastrophic losses due to flooding. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Flood Catastrophe Fund. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3554

Short Description:  WORKERS 2 WEEK NOTICE OF SHIFT

House Sponsors

Rep. Will Guzzardi

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provides that employees must be given notice of the shifts to be worked 2 weeks in advance of the scheduled shift. Establishes requirements for minimum pay for working shifts outside of scheduled shifts.

 

HB 3555

Short Description:  INC TX-RENEWABLE ENERGY

House Sponsors

Rep. Terri Bryant

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer that is primarily engaged in manufacturing is entitled to a credit in an amount equal to 5% of the cost of renewable energy resources used by the taxpayer during the taxable year. Provides that the credit may be carried forward. Provides that the credit is exempt from the Act’s automatic sunset provision. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3557

Short Description:  HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

House Sponsors

Rep. Terri Bryant

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Act. Provides that the Illinois Environmental Protection agency shall implement the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program in a manner that is geographically equitable to all residents of this State. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3568

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAXES-GREEN TECH

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol A. Sente

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that machinery and equipment incorporated into a green energy project is exempt from the taxes imposed under those Acts.

 

HB 3569

Short Description:  UNEMP INS FRAUD 125% PENALTY

House Sponsors

Rep. John E. Bradley

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that the additional penalty for fraudulently obtaining benefits is 125% (instead of 15%) of the amount fraudulently obtained. Provides that the amounts collected shall be paid into the State’s account in the Unemployment Trust Fund (instead of shall be treated in the same manner as benefits recovered from an individual). Effective immediately.

 

HB 3594

Short Description:  WORKER COMP-OBJECTIVE FINDINGS

House Sponsors

Rep. Mark Batinick-Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that one of the factors upon which the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission shall base its determination of the level of permanent partial disability shall be evidence of disability corroborated by objective findings in the medical records (rather than evidence of disability corroborated by the treating medical records). Deletes a provision that no single factor shall be the sole determinant of disability.

 

HB 3605

Short Description:  INS CD-PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that insurers that issue individual and group accident and health policies that provides coverage for prescription drugs shall ensure that any required copayment or coinsurance applicable to drugs and rated as platinum, gold, or silver under federal regulations does not exceed $100 per month for up to a 30-day supply of any single drug, and $200 for plans rated as bronze level under federal regulations, and a beneficiary’s annual out-of-pocket expenditures for prescription drugs are limited to no more than fifty percent of the dollar amounts in effect under specified provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Provides that policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs and use a tiered formulary shall implement an exceptions process that allows enrollees to request an exception to the tiered cost-sharing structure. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 3619

Short Description:  EQUAL PAY COVER ALL EMPLOYERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Cynthia Soto

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Provides that the Act applies to all employers rather than only those with more than 3 employees. Increases the maximum civil penalty for all violations of the Act or a rule from $2,500 to $5,000.

 

HB 3624

Short Description:  EPA-FAST-TRACK RULEMAKING

House Sponsors

Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Extends a provision concerning Environmental Protection Agency fast-track rulemaking from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3652

Short Description:  LIMIT TRANSFER OF PERSONAL INF

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol Ammons

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Expands the scope of the Act to cover private contact information (home address, home or personal phone number, personal e-mail address). Limits the transfer of private contact information.

 

HB 3667

Short Description:  FLEET VEHICLE FUEL REQUIREMENT

House Sponsors

Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Procurement Code. Requires that on and after January 1, 2016, or as soon thereafter as possible, 25% of passenger vehicles, including dedicated or non-dedicated fuel type vehicles, purchased with State funds shall be vehicles fueled by the specified alternative fuels. Provides that the Chief Procurement Officer, in consultation with the Director of Central Management Services, may determine certain State agency vehicle procurements that are exempt from this requirement, based on the specified factors. Makes related changes.

 

HB 3673

Short Description:  INS CD-PUB AID CD-MRI COVERAGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Mike Smiddy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code and the Illinois Public Aid Code. With regard to the respective requirements concerning coverage and payment for screening by low-dose mammography for all women 35 years of age or older for the presence of occult breast cancer, includes a screening MRI when medically necessary, as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, and if the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for appropriate use for women at high risk for breast cancer are met. Further amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that on and after January 1, 2016, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall ensure that all networks of care for adult clients of the Department include access to at least one breast imaging Center of Imaging Excellence as certified by the American College of Radiology. Provides that on and after January 1, 2017, providers participating in a breast cancer treatment quality improvement program approved by the Department shall be reimbursed for breast cancer treatment at a rate that is no lower than 95% of the Medicare program’s rates for the data elements included in the breast cancer treatment quality program. Makes changes concerning the case-managing and patient navigation pilot program. Sets forth provisions concerning departmental requirements for networks of care. Provides that on and after January 1, 2016, the Department shall ensure that provider and hospital reimbursement for certain required post-mastectomy care benefits are no lower than the Medicare reimbursement rate. Provides that on and after January 1, 2016 and subject to funding availability, the Department shall administer a grant program to build the public infrastructure for breast cancer imaging and diagnostic services across the State. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3682

Short Description:  UNEMP INS-FAILURE TO RESPOND

House Sponsors

Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that, if an employing unit or its agent has a pattern of failing to respond with information required under the Act in a timely or complete manner, benefits paid to a claimant as a result of that failure shall be charged to the employing unit’s account. Sets forth criteria for determining whether a pattern of failing to respond with information exists. Provides that, in addition to the amounts charged to the employing unit’s account, the Department of Employment Security shall assess a civil penalty equal to the benefits paid as a result of the failure of the employing unit to respond as required. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3683

Short Description:  INCOME WITHHOLDING-PENALTY

House Sponsors

Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Income Withholding for Support Act. Provides that if a payor knowingly fails to withhold the amount designated in an income withholding notice, then the payor shall pay a penalty of $200 (instead of $100) for each day that the amount designated in the income withholding notice is not paid to the State Disbursement Unit after the period of 7 business days has expired. Increases the total penalty to $20,000 from $10,000. Creates the Family Support Revolving Fund and provides that the additional penalty amount shall be paid into the Family Support Revolving Fund. Provides that the fund shall be held by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and shall be used to the extent determined necessary by the Department to pay for aid to families of children who are owed child support. Provides that expenditures from the Fund shall be made in accordance with Department rules and directs the Department to adopt rules to implement the new provisions. Contains other provisions governing the use and investment of moneys in the Fund.

 

HB 3685

Short Description:  PROP TX-INC TX-BUSINESS CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a taxing district may grant an abatement for property that contains an expanded business facility. Defines “expanded business facility” to include a requirement that the business must create a certain number of new employment positions at the facility. Contains provisions allowing for an enhanced abatement for certain facilities. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to create a credit equal to a percentage of the remaining tax liability for the property. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3688

Short Description:  STEELMAKING SLAG-DEREGULATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Katherine Cloonen

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the Environmental Protection Agency shall not regulate slag generated by the production of steel, which is the beneficial and intended coproduct of the steel manufacturing process and is managed as an item of value in a controlled manner and not as a discarded material, except as may be required by federal law or regulation. Changes “slag” to “coal slag” in the definition of “coal combustion waste”. Provides that a beneficial use determination is not required to use steelmaking slags for land reclamation purposes.

 

HB 3709

Short Description:  INS CD-DEPENDENT COVERAGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Fred Crespo

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to provide that policies of accident and health insurance or managed care plans that cover dependents and that are amended, delivered, issued, or renewed after the effective date of the Act shall not terminate or deny election of coverage for an unmarried dependent due to age before the dependent’s 29th birthday. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3743

Short Description:  EDGE-NO AGREEMENTS-99TH G.A.

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act and the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Provides that no new agreements may be entered into under the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act during the 99th General Assembly. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3745

Short Description:  INC TX-21ST CENTURY FUND

House Sponsors

Rep. William Davis

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an addition modification for any deduction allowed to the taxpayer under Sections 243 through 246A of the Internal Revenue Code (for certain qualifying dividends paid to corporations). Provides that the additional revenue attributable to that change shall be deposited into the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund. Amends the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Act. Provides that the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund is not subject to sweeps, administrative charges or chargebacks, or other fiscal or budgetary maneuvers. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3755

Short Description:  VEH CD-FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE

House Sponsors

Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that no rail carrier shall operate a train or light engine used in connection with the movement of freight unless it has an operating crew consisting of at least 2 individuals. Provides that the minimum freight train crew size shall remain in effect until a federal law or rule encompassing the subject matter has been adopted. Grants the Illinois Commerce Commission the power to conduct evidentiary hearings, make findings, and issue and enforce orders, including sanctions, with respect to freight train crew member size. Provides that the term “train or light engine” does not include trains operated by a hostler service or utility employees.

 

HB 3756

Short Description:  OSHA-EMPLOYMENT-FEDERAL CHANGE

House Sponsors

Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.-Michael P. McAuliffe

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Provides that the Director of Labor shall adopt rules necessary to implement the Act, including, but not limited to, rules dealing with the inspection of an employer’s establishment. Authorizes the Director to require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence under oath during inspections and investigations. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3760

Short Description:  LOCAL GOV-DISCLOSE INCENTIVES

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Local Government Tax Incentive Disclosure Act. Provides that each unit of local government shall report the annual value of any tax incentive granted by the unit of local government as lost revenue on the annual financial report for that unit of local government. Provides that the term “tax incentive” means any property tax abatement granted by a unit of local government or any tax increment financing affecting a unit of local government. Provides that, no later than August 1 of each year, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly the total value of all tax credits awarded by the Department. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3761

Short Description:  BAN CRIB BUMPER PADS

House Sponsors

Rep. Emily McAsey

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Children’s Product Safety Act. Prohibits a commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer from selling, offering to sell, leasing, or offering to lease a crib bumper pad in the State. Imposes a civil penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $500 for each violation. Provides for the deposit of these civil penalties into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund.

 

HB 3851

Short Description:  HUMAN RIGHTS-PROTECTION ORDERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make certain reasonable accommodations in the workplace for an employee protected under an order of protection. Provides that an employer is not required to make the reasonable accommodations if they cause undue hardship on the work operations of the employer. For purposes of the new provisions, defines “undue hardship” as significant difficulty or expense on the operation of an employer, when considered in light of: (1) the nature and cost of the reasonable accommodation needed; (2) the overall financial resources, number of employees, and the number, type, and placement of the work locations of an employer; and (3) the type of operation of the employer, including the composition, structure, and functions of the workforce of the employer, the geographic separateness of the employee’s work location from the employer, and the administrative or fiscal relationship of the work location to the employer. Provides that prior to making the reasonable accommodations, an employer may verify that an employee is protected by an order of protection entered under the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 or the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986.

 

HB 3852

Short Description:  CIV PRO-INSTRUCTION-LIABILITY

House Sponsors

Rep. Ron Sandack-Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends and re-enacts provisions of the Civil Practice Article of the Code of Civil Procedure concerning actions on account of bodily injury or death or physical damage to property based on negligence or product liability based on strict tort liability. Provides that the court shall not instruct the jury of the consequence of any findings of fault of any plaintiff or defendant under specified provisions of the Code. Deletes language providing that the court shall instruct the jury in writing that the defendant shall be found not liable if the jury finds that the contributory fault of the plaintiff is more than 50% of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which recovery is sought. Deletes language providing that: any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant except the plaintiff’s employer, is severally liable for non-medical damages; and any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendants except the plaintiff’s employer, is jointly and severally liable for non-medical damages. Adds language providing that: any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which recovery is sought by the plaintiff is severally liable for non-medical damages; and any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which recovery is sought by the plaintiff is jointly and severally liable for non-medical damages. Contains applicability provisions.

 

HB 3873

Short Description:  UNEMP INS EXPER RATING 2 YEARS

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that the contribution rate for any calendar year for an employer who has incurred liability for the payment of contributions within each of the 2, rather than 3, preceding calendar years shall be based upon the 2, rather than 3, calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year for which the rate is being determined.

 

HB 3874

Short Description:  UEMPL INS APPEAL INTEREST

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act to provide that interest does not accrue when an appeal is pending.

 

HB 3875

Short Description:  UNEMP INS PENALTY NOTICE

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael Unes

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that the Department of Employment Security may not make deductions from amounts paid as required contributions and credit the amount deducted toward any penalty outstanding on behalf of an employer without providing at least 30 days’ notice of the deduction to the employer.

 

HB 3881

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP STATUTORY DAMAGES

House Sponsors

Rep. Donald L. Moffitt

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act concerning the limitation on the right to recover damages for injury or death sustained while in the line of duty as an employee. Includes occupational safety programs offered by government entities, apprenticeship programs, and not-for-profit organizations within the scope of those provisions.

 

HB 3887

Short Description:  REG REVIEW FOR SMALL BUSINESS

House Sponsors

Rep. Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Business Assistance and Regulatory Reform Act. Within one year of the effective date of the amendatory Act, and every 5 years thereafter, requires each State agency to scrutinize its rules, administrative regulations, and permitting processes as they pertain to small businesses in order to identify those rules, regulations, and processes that are unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, or onerous to small businesses. Provides that each State agency must submit its reports containing the results of its review to the Office of Business Permits and Regulatory Assistance, the Governor, and the General Assembly.

 

HB 3888

Short Description:  USE/OCC TX-MPC

House Sponsors

Rep. Keith Wheeler

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act to extend the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Exemption to production related tangible personal property. Provides that the term “production related tangible personal property” includes certain supplies and consumables used in a manufacturing facility. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3889

Short Description:  GROWING ECONOMY TAX CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Brian W. Stewart

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. Removes provisions concerning conditions that the Business Investment Committee shall determine exist in order for the Committee to make its recommendation that an Applicant’s application for Credit should or should not be accepted. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3894

Short Description:  TECHNOLOGY ZONES-CREATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Carol Ammons

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Technology Zone Act. Provides that counties and municipalities may designate technology zones within their jurisdiction, subject to approval by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Provides that a qualified technology business located in a technology zone may apply to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for certification as a technology business. Provides that those certified technology businesses are entitled to credits against taxes and charges imposed under the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act, the Electricity Excise Tax Law, or the Public Utilities Act. Amends those Acts to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that a certified technology business that makes an investment in qualified property during the taxable year is entitled to an income tax credit in an amount equal to 0.5% of the amount of the investment. Effective immediately.

 

HB 3898

Short Description:  SUPPORT-NONEMPLOYEE WITHHLDING

House Sponsors

Rep. Robert F. Martwick

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Income Withholding for Support Act. Defines “non-employee” as an independent contractor, a vendor, or a person receiving payments who is not an employee and not receiving payments for personal services. Provides that “obligor” includes a non-employee. Provides that the payor shall calculate all applicable deductions to a non-employee obligor’s income as if the non-employee were an employee, whether or not the deductions are actually taken from the non-employee obligor’s income. Provides that the amount withheld on the remaining balance of payments, paid or payable, to the non-employee shall not be in excess of the maximum amounts permitted under the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act.

 

HB 3923

Short Description:  INC TX-HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT

House Sponsors

Rep. Bill Mitchell

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a deduction in an amount equal to workers’ compensation costs incurred by the taxpayer that are attributable to employees of the taxpayer who are employed at a location in a county with high unemployment. Creates a credit for taxpayers who (i) are not otherwise entitled to a tax credit under the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act and (ii) employ at least 5 new employees at a project location in a county with high unemployment. Provides that the amount of the credit shall be determined by multiplying the taxpayer’s income tax rate by the average wage of the new employees and then multiplying the result by the number of new employees.

 

HB 3971

Short Description:  INC TX-R AND D CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Joe Sosnowski

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4007

Short Description:  EPA- BENEFICIAL USE DETER

House Sponsors

Rep. Jay Hoffman

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that a provision concerning beneficial use determinations shall apply to dust suppressants applied to material that is burned for energy recovery that are used to produce a fuel or that is otherwise contained in a fuel.

 

HB 4017

Short Description:  RETAIL INCENTIVES-REBATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Frank J. Mautino

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Use Tax Act. Provides that the “selling price” shall not include any rebate from a manufacturer to reduce prices to a customer where the seller directly passes the rebate onto the customer and the rebate is deducted by the manufacturer from the price paid by the seller for the item. Amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Specifies that “sale at retail” shall not include any rebate from a manufacturer to reduce prices to a customer where the seller directly passes the rebate onto the customer and the rebate is deducted by the manufacturer from the price paid by the seller for the item. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4018

Short Description:  LIQUOR-NON-ALCOHOLIC MERCH.

House Sponsors

Rep. Frank J. Mautino and Lou Lang

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Provides that specified licensees under the Act may sell non-alcoholic merchandise to retail licensees if certain conditions are met. Provides that nothing in the Act authorizes the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to regulate or exercise jurisdiction over any transaction involving the furnishing, selling, or offering for sale of non-alcoholic merchandise by manufacturers, distributors, or retailers, unless the transaction involves expressed or implied agreements or understandings prohibited by the Act. Provides certain restrictions on transactions involving the sale of non-alcoholic merchandise, including a prohibition on conditioning the sale of alcoholic liquor on the sale of non-alcoholic merchandise. Contains provisions concerning the furnishing of fixtures, equipment, and furnishings related to non-alcoholic merchandise to retail licensees. Defines “manufacturer class license holder” and “non-alcoholic merchandise”. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4020

Short Description:  IEPA-PERMITS

House Sponsors

Rep. Frank J. Mautino

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Makes changes to provisions concerning the registration of smaller sources, general permits, and permits by rule. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4032

Short Description:  HEALTH CARE COST ESTIMATE ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Jack D. Franks

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Health Care Cost Estimate Act and amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that prior to an admission, procedure, or service and upon request by a patient or prospective patient, a health care provider shall, within 2 working days, disclose the allowed amount or charge of the admission, procedure, or service. Provides that if the health care provider is unable to quote a specific amount in advance, the health care provider shall disclose the estimated maximum allowed amount or charge for the proposed admission, procedure, or service. Requires every company that issues, delivers, amends, or renews any individual or group policy of accident and health insurance to establish a toll-free telephone number and Internet website that enables consumers to request and obtain from the company, in real time, the estimated or maximum allowed amount or charge for a proposed admission, procedure, or service and the estimated amount the insured will be responsible to pay for a proposed admission, procedure, or service that is a covered benefit, based on the information available to the company at the time the request is made. Provides that if a patient or prospective patient is covered by a health insurance policy, a health care provider who participates as a network provider under the patient’s or prospective patient’s health insurance policy shall, upon request of the patient or prospective patient, provide, based on the information available to the health care provider at the time of the request, sufficient information regarding the proposed admission, procedure or service for the patient or prospective patient to use the applicable toll-free telephone number and Internet website of the provider of the health insurance policy.

 

HB 4036

Short Description:  VICTIM ECON SECURITY ALL12WKS

House Sponsors

Rep. Camille Y. Lilly

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act. Provides that all employees, not only those working for an employer having more than 49 employees, covered by the Act are entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period.

 

HB 4042

Short Description:  INS CD-WORKERS’ COMP-RATES

House Sponsors

Rep. Brandon W. Phelps

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that with respect to employers correctly classified within the construction industry, the amount charged to the insured for workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance shall be based upon hours worked by employees in specific job categories or classifications, not the wages or salaries paid to the employees. Makes technical and grammatical changes.

 

HB 4079

Short Description:  INS CD-PHARM BENEFITS MANAGER

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides a process to register with the Department of Insurance as a pharmacy benefits manager and what information must be included. Provides that the Director of Insurance an revoke, suspend, deny, or restrict a certificate of registration for violation of the Code or on other grounds as determined necessary or appropriate by the Director. Provides that the Department shall regulate the drug pricing process used by pharmacy benefits managers, and specifies the appeals process for such pricing. Provides that pharmacy benefits managers shall not mandate that a covered individual use a specific pharmacy or provide incentives to encourage the use of a specific pharmacy under specified circumstances. Provides criteria for entities to use in performing on-site audits of pharmacy records. Provides that health plans must permit their enrollees to receive benefits, which may include a 90-day supply of covered prescription drugs, at any of its network community pharmacies. Contains provisions concerning medication synchronization. Provides that dispensing fees shall be determined exclusively on the total number of prescriptions dispensed. Regulates how pharmacy benefits managers may utilize personally identifiable data. Provides that the Department can regulate other specified activities of pharmacy benefits managers. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

HB 4098

Short Description:  WRK COMP-TIME FOR APPEALS

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

 

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. In provisions concerning judicial review of decisions made by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, provides that a proceeding for review shall be commenced within 35 (rather than 20) days of the receipt of notice of the decision of the Commission.

 

HB 4099

 

Short Description:  WRK COMP-WAGE DIFFERENTIAL

House Sponsors

Rep. Dwight Kay

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission may adjust the standard award formula for wage differential based on the type of employment, the nature and extent of injuries, and the age of the employee as it relates to the employee’s remaining length of career in his or her usual and customary line of employment notwithstanding the injuries.

 

HB 4129

Short Description:  INC TX-TRAINING-JOBS CREDIT

House Sponsors

Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each business that enters into an agreement with a community college or area vocational center for employee training is entitled to an income tax credit for taxable years beginning during the term of the agreement if the taxpayer’s average employee head count in the State during the taxable year exceeds its average employee head count in the State for the year immediately preceding the year in which the agreement was entered into by more than 10%. Provides that the credit shall be in an amount equal to 6% of the incremental income tax attributable to new employees during the taxable year. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4133

Short Description:  INC TX-VOCATIONAL CENTERS

House Sponsors

Rep. Sue Scherer

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer who makes a contribution to an area vocational center established under the School Code is entitled to a credit in an amount equal to 50% of the amount of the donation. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4139

Short Description:  RIGHT TO WORK ACT

House Sponsors

Rep. Reginald Phillips

Synopsis As Introduced

      Creates the Right to Work Act. Provides that a person may not be required to join or contribute to a labor organization as a condition of employment. Provides that violations of the Act constitute a Class A misdemeanor. Authorizes injunctive relief. Authorizes a private right of action for damages. Provides that the Attorney General shall enforce the Act. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that employees have the right not to become or remain a member of a labor organization, or to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other similar charges to a labor organization, Eliminates provisions authorizing fair share agreements. Amends the Illinois State Comptroller Act, and the Illinois State Auditing Act to make related changes. Effective immediately.

 

HB 4140

Short Description:  INS CD-VISION THERAPY MANDATE

House Sponsors

Rep. Laura Fine

Synopsis As Introduced

      Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that every insurer that amends, delivers, issues, or renews group accident and health policies providing coverage for eye care shall include coverage for vision therapy services offered by an optometrist. Makes conforming changes to the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, and the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act.

 

 

 

SB 9

Short Description:  POWDERED CAFFEINE CONTROL

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

Synopsis As Introduced

     Creates the Powdered Caffeine Control and Education Act. Prohibits any person from selling, offering to sell, giving away, or providing free samples of powdered pure caffeine to any person under age 18 located in the State or to any person under age 18 making the purchase from within the State. Sets forth penalties for violations of the Act. Contains legislative findings. Defines required terms. Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that the Comprehensive Health Education Program shall include information regarding the use of powdered pure caffeine. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

SB 11

Short Description:  MIN WAGE-INCOME TAX CREDIT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford-Jacqueline Y. Collins-Toi W. Hutchinson-Iris Y. Martinez-Mattie Hunter, Scott M. Bennett, Michael Noland and Emil Jones, III

House Sponsors

(Rep. Arthur Turner-Mike Smiddy)

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00. Provides that the establishment of a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees is an exclusive power and function of the State and is a denial and limitation of the home rule powers and functions, except that the limitation on home rule powers does not apply to a specified ordinance adopted by the City Council of City of Chicago. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees, calculated based on the increase in the minimum wage. Effective immediately.

 

SB 29

Committee Hearing:

Insurance Hearing Feb 18 2015 5:00PM Capitol 400 Springfield, IL

Short Description:  RIGHT TO TRY ACT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Michael Connelly-Linda Holmes-Heather A. Steans, John G. Mulroe-Chapin Rose, Jacqueline Y. Collins, Napoleon Harris, III, Dale A. Righter, Darin M. LaHood, Kyle McCarter, Steve Stadelman, William R. Haine, Michael E. Hastings, Pat McGuire, Dave Syverson, David Koehler, Melinda Bush and Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Creates the Right to Try Act. Provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase I of a clinical trial, but has not been approved for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Provides that a manufacturer may, but is not required to, provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient, either with or without receiving compensation. Provides that an accident and health insurer may, but is not required to, provide coverage for an eligible patient seeking such a drug, product, or device. Contains a penalty provision. Defines required terms. Contains legislative findings. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit of a physician to practice medicine based solely on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device.

 

 

SB 35

Short Description:  ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS RECYCLING

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that, if manufacturers meet their recycling goals prior to the end of the year and recyclers no longer pick up CEDs and EEDs without charge, municipalities, townships, and other units of local government that are acting as collectors shall be allowed to collect a fee from consumers who drop off CEDs and EEDs for recycling. Effective immediately.

 

SB 38

Short Description:  MIN WAGE-OVERTIME-ALTERN SHIFT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that overtime compensation provisions of the Law do not apply to any employee who is a member of a bargaining unit recognized by the Illinois Labor Relations Board and whose union has contractually agreed to an alternate shift schedule as allowed by specified provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

 

 

SB 39

Short Description:  DPT LABOR RULEMAKING AUTHORITY

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Department of Labor shall administer this Act. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.

 

SB 61

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-DIAPERS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval-Linda Holmes-Steven M. Landek-Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant-John G. Mulroe and Scott M. Bennett

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the tax on diapers and baby wipes shall be imposed at the rate of 1%. Makes changes concerning the distribution of the proceeds from the tax imposed on diapers and baby wipes.

 

SB 67

Short Description:  LIQUOR-BAN POWDERED ALCOHOL

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Ira I. Silverstein-Mattie Hunter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Provides that no person shall sell, offer for sale, or deliver, receive, or purchase for resale in this State any product consisting of or containing powdered alcohol. Defines “powdered alcohol” as any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption.

 

SB 68

Short Description:  DRIVING WITH COMPUTER HEADSETS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Ira I. Silverstein

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Defines “mobile computing headset”. Provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle while wearing a mobile computing headset. Provides limited exceptions to this prohibition for (1) law enforcement officers or emergency vehicle operators in the performance of their official duties; (2) drivers using a mobile computing headset to communicate with emergency personnel; and (3) drivers that are parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

 

SB 99

Short Description:  IEMA: HOMELAND SECURITY

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall establish guidelines by rule for the expenditure of the funds in the Homeland Security Preparedness Fund with input provided by a statewide interagency organization and public safety multidisciplinary organizations established to advise the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency regarding public safety preparedness. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall spend the moneys in the fund to enhance State and local homeland security preparedness, all risk disaster response readiness, and statewide public safety mutual aid. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Homeland Security Preparedness Fund. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2015 registration year, a $3 surcharge shall be collected in addition to other registration fees for motor vehicles of the first division, motorcycles, motor driven cycles, pedalcycles, and vehicles registered in the 8,000 lb. and less flat weight plate category to be deposited into the Homeland Security Preparedness Fund for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to use as directed under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that this surcharge shall not apply to registration of vehicles by units of local, State, or federal government and other specified organizations.

 

SB 109

Short Description:  AMERICAN VEHICLE ID NUMBER

Senate Sponsors

Sen. David Koehler

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Procurement of Domestic Products Act. Provides that all vehicles purchased, leased, or used by a State agency must have a Vehicle Identification Number indicating that the vehicle was manufactured in North America. Provides that no State agency shall be required to stop using any vehicle that exists in the State fleet of motor vehicles on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

SB 115

Short Description:  INC TX-CREDIT-UNEMPLOYED

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer who employs a long-term unemployed person during the taxable year is entitled to an income tax credit of: (1) $500 in the taxable year in which the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; (2) $750 in the first taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; and (3) $1,250 in the second taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer. Provides that the taxpayer may receive a partial credit if the person is employed by the taxpayer for only part of a taxable year. Provides that the credit may be carried forward. Provides that the credit is exempt from the Act’s automatic sunset provisions. Effective immediately.

 

SB 116

Short Description:  FINANCE-GREEN SPECIAL SERVICE

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Daniel Biss

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Special Service Area Tax Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a county or a municipality may establish a green special service area. Provides that those green special service areas shall include only property for which each owner of record has executed a contract or agreement with the county or municipality consenting to the inclusion of the property within the green special service area. Provides that counties and municipalities may levy property taxes in connection with green special service areas. Provides that counties and municipalities may issue bonds in connection with green special service areas and may sell, assign, or pledge those bonds to the Illinois Finance Authority. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code to provide that each county or municipality shall have the power and authority to engage in specified activities that relate to green special service areas. Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority has the power to purchase special service area bonds and to accept assignments or pledges, or both, of special service area bonds or agreements relating to green special service area projects. Effective immediately.

 

 

SB 119

Short Description:  EPA-LUST-REMEDIATION LETTERS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr.-David Koehler

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency shall issue to the owner or operator of an underground storage tank a no further remediation letter if (i) the owner or operator submits to the Agency a certification from a licensed professional engineer that the work described in the approved corrective action plan has been completed successfully to a boring level acceptable to the Agency, (ii) the groundwater at the site will not be used for human consumption, (iii) the site is zoned for non-residential use, and (iv) the site is located in a municipality with a population of not more than 50,000.

 

SB 657

 

Short Description:  INC TX-R & D CREDIT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Matt Murphy-Michael Connelly

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reinstates the research and development credit for taxable years ending prior to January 1, 2018 (now, January 1, 2016). Increases the amount of the research and development credit from 6.5% to 8% of the qualifying expenditures for increasing research activities in this State for taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2015. Effective immediately.

 

SB 741 -IMA Initiative

Short Description:  PROP TX-POLLUTION CONTROL

Senate Sponsors

Sen. William R. Haine

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is (i) located within a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants and (ii) used for a petroleum refinery may be the subject of a real property tax assessment settlement agreement if litigation is or was pending as to its assessed valuation as of January 1, 2003 or thereafter. Provides that wind turbines and ethanol producing facilities shall not be considered pollution control facilities. Makes changes concerning the valuation of pollution control facilities. Provides that the effective date of a certificate for designation as a pollution control facility shall be January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued (instead of the date of application for the certificate or the date of the construction of the facility, whichever is later).

 

SB 765

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-FRAUD

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that an individual that, for the purpose of obtaining benefits, knowingly makes a false statement or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact commits unemployment insurance fraud. Requires a statement on the Department of Employment Security’s website and on specified forms stating that it is a crime to knowingly provide false, incomplete, or misleading information to any party to an unemployment security benefits transaction for the purpose of committing fraud and outlines possible penalties. Provides that an employer or other person that law enforcement or the Department of Employment Security requests information from regarding unemployment insurance fraud shall take all reasonable actions to promptly provide the information requested and shall disclose information when he or she has a reasonable belief of a specified violation.

 

SB 766

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-MISCONDUCT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act concerning ineligibility for benefits after a discharge for misconduct. Provides that “misconduct” means the violation (rather than the deliberate and willful violation) of a reasonable rule or policy of the employing unit governing the individual’s behavior in performance of his or her work, provided the violation has harmed the employing unit or other employees or has been repeated by the individual despite a warning or other instruction (rather than explicit instruction) from the employing unit.

 

SB 767

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-MINIMUM

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that, with respect to any benefit year beginning on or after January 1, 2015, to be monetarily eligible for any benefits, a worker must have been paid wages of $4,290 or more in his or her base period by employers subject to the Unemployment Insurance Act and at least $2,145 of these wages must have been paid to him or her outside the calendar quarter in which he or she was paid the highest amount of wages.

 

SB 768

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-REQUALIFY

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that an individual shall be ineligible for benefits for any week in a benefit year which begins on or after January 1, 2016, unless, subsequent to the beginning of his or her immediately preceding benefit year with respect to which benefits were paid to him or her, he or she was reemployed and had earnings equal to or in excess of his or her current weekly benefit amount in each of 4 calendar weeks that are either for services in employment, or have been or will be reported pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act by each employing unit for which such services are performed and that submits a statement certifying to that fact.

 

SB 769

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP-WEEKLY WAGE

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides for the computation of compensation when there are multiple employers and when there is less than full-time work. Effective immediately.

 

SB 770

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP-TRAVEL-CAUSATION

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that an employee who is required to travel in connection with his or her employment and who suffers an injury while in travel status is eligible for benefits only if the injury arises out of and in the course of employment while he or she is actively engaged in the duties of employment. Defines “accident” and “injury”. Provides that “injury” includes the aggravation of a pre-existing condition by an accident arising out of and in the course of the employment, but only for so long as the aggravation of the pre-existing condition continues to be the major contributing cause of the disability. Provides that an injury resulting directly or indirectly from idiopathic causes is not compensable. Effective immediately.

 

SB 771

Short Description:  WORKERS COMP-MISCONDUCT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that no employer shall be required to pay temporary partial disability benefits to an employee who has been discharged for cause. Provides that, following a hearing, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission may reinstate the temporary partial benefits and retroactively restore any benefits the employer should have paid if it finds the employer’s discharge of the employee was not for cause. Makes technical changes. Effective immediately.

 

SB 772

Short Description:  WORK COMP-CAUSATION

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kyle McCarter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Adds definitions of “accident” and “injury”. Provides that an injury is a condition that arises out of and in the course of employment, and adds provisions concerning establishment of an injury. Establishes the manner of computing compensation for partial disability, with a maximum cumulative compensation of 500 weeks. Provides that injuries to the shoulder and hip are deemed to be injuries to the arm and leg respectively. Provides for the computation of compensation when there are multiple employers and when there is less than full-time work.

 

SB 773

Short Description:  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Michael Connelly

Synopsis As Introduced

     Creates the Illinois Economic Development Corporation Act. Creates the Illinois Economic Development Corporation. Creates the board of directors of the Corporation and sets forth the membership of the board. Provides that the board shall develop and implement economic programs to provide business support and expertise and financial assistance to companies that are investing and creating jobs in Illinois and to support new business start-ups and business expansion and growth in Illinois. Sets forth the powers of the board. Creates the Illinois Small Business Development Center within the corporation to provide business counseling and educational programs developed at the local, regional, and State level to support Illinois small business creation and growth. Provides that the Center shall provide assistance, in the form of training, counseling, and information resources, to startup businesses and job-creator firms regarding the startup process. Provides that the board shall submit annual reports to the members of the General Assembly. Effective immediately.

 

SB 774 -IMA Initiative

Short Description:  USE/OCC TAX-MPC

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Andy Manar

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the Manufacturer’s Purchase Credit may only be used to satisfy the Use Tax or Service Use Tax liability incurred on production related tangible personal property purchased on or after September 1, 2004 and prior to August 31, 2015. Provides that the manufacturing and assembling machinery and equipment exemption includes production related tangible personal property. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

SB 793

Short Description:  EPA-PROHIBITS MIXING SHARPS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Linda Holmes

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2015, no person may knowingly mix sharps, including, but not limited to, hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles or syringes or other medical household waste containing used or unused sharps, including, but not limited to, hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles or syringes or other sharps, with any other material intended for collection as a recyclable material by a residential hauler. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2015, no person may knowingly place sharps into a container intended for collection by a commercial hauler for processing at a recycling center. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2015, State agencies and local governments, as well as businesses and non-profit organizations may establish various specified sharps disposal programs. Provides that the Environmental Protection Agency may provide educational materials to the public about the safe management and proper disposal of household generated sharps through the use of literature, websites, DVDs, a toll-free number, or any other method which the Agency deems appropriate. Effective immediately.

 

SB 797

Short Description:  ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS RECYCLING

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Linda Holmes-Pamela J. Althoff and Daniel Biss-Terry Link

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that a manufacturer may count the total weight of a cathode ray tube device, prior to processing, towards its goal under this Section if all recyclable components are removed from the device and the cathode ray tube glass is managed in a manner that complies with all Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations for handling, treatment, and disposition of cathode ray tubes. Provides that, for specified categories of electronic devices, each manufacturer shall recycle or reuse at least 80% (was at least 50%) of the total weight of the electronic devices that the manufacturer sold in that category in Illinois during the calendar year 2 years before the applicable program year. Provides that a registered recycler or a refurbisher of CEDs and EEDs for a manufacturer obligated to meet goals may not charge individual consumers or units of local government acting as collectors a fee to recycle or refurbish CEDs and EEDs, unless the recycler or refurbisher provides (i) a financial incentive, such as a coupon, that is of greater or equal value to the fee being charged or (ii) premium service, such as curbside collection, home pick-up, drop-off locations, or a similar methods of collection. Provides that, in program year 2015, and each year thereafter, if the total weight of CEDs and EEDs recycled or processed for reuse by the manufacturer is less than 100% of the manufacturer’s individual recycling or reuse goal set forth in a specified provision of the Act, the manufacturer shall pay a penalty equal to the product of (i) $0.70 per pound; multiplied by (ii) the difference between the manufacturer’s individual recycling or reuse goal and the total weight of CEDs and EEDs recycled or processed for reuse by the manufacturer during the program year. Effective immediately.

 

SB 832

Short Description:  MEDICAID-RX LIMITS-EXEMPTIONS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that drugs in the following therapeutic classes shall not be subject to prior approval as a result of the 4-prescription limit: immunosuppressant drugs, oncolytic drugs, anti-retroviral drugs, “antipsychotic drugs, and, on or after July 1, 2015, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs” (rather than immunosuppressant drugs, oncolytic drugs, anti-retroviral drugs, and, on or after July 1, 2014, antipsychotic drugs). Effective immediately.

 

SB 839

Short Description:  CNTY CD-INSURANCE ORDINANCES

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board may by ordinance define, prevent, and abate nuisances including, but not limited to, noise pollution. Effective Immediately.

 

SB 846

Short Description:  WORKR COMP INJURY CAUSATION

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Dale A. Righter

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that an employee who is required to travel in connection with his or her employment and who suffers an injury while in travel status shall be eligible for benefits only if the injury arises out of and in the course of employment while he or she is actively engaged in the duties of employment. Defines “accident” and “injury”. Provides that “injury” does not include the aggravation of a pre-existing condition by an accident unless it can be shown to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the aggravation arose primarily out of and in the course of the employment. Provides that an injury resulting directly or indirectly from idiopathic causes is not compensable. Further provides that, with respect to the computation of compensation to be paid to an employee who had previously sustained an injury resulting in payment of compensation for partial disability for injuries not involving serious and permanent disfigurement and injuries for which the Act provides a schedule of benefits, the amount of the prior award for the partial disability with respect to the same portion of the body shall be deducted. Limits cumulative awards for partial disability to 500 weeks, which shall constitute a complete loss of use of the body as a whole. Provides that no employer shall be required to pay temporary partial disability benefits to an employee who has been discharged for cause. Provides that injuries to the shoulder are deemed to be injuries to the arm and injuries to the hip are deemed to be injuries to the leg. Effective immediately.

 

SB 860

Short Description:  INS CD-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Linda Holmes

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance must provide coverage for medically necessary preventative physical therapy for insureds diagnosed with multiple sclerosis without any treatment limitation or calendar year maximum. Removes requirements that coverage under this provision be subject to the same waiting period, cost sharing limitation, treatment limitation, calendar year maximum, or other limitation as provided for other physical or rehabilitative therapy benefits.

 

SB 861

Short Description:  ELECTRIC UTILITIES-DEFINITION

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Chris Nybo

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Public Utilities Act. Defines “distributed generation facility” to mean the equipment used by an interconnection customer to generate or store electricity that operates in parallel with the electric distribution system. A distributed generation facility typically includes an electric generator, a prime mover or energy storage, and the interconnection equipment required to safely interconnect with the electric distribution system or local electric power system. Provides that utilities may charge fees to users to recover the costs associated with the incremental direct costs only (previously any incremental costs) to the utility associated with administration of the smart grid test bed.

 

SB 1202

Short Description:  OIL & GAS-PERMIT MORATORIUM

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Oil and Gas Wells on Public Lands Act. Provides that on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no new permits shall be issued for surface extraction activities on lands owned by the Department of Natural Resources or the federal government. Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from entering into contracts in writing designating any person as the permittee of the State of Illinois with the exclusive right to prospect and explore public lands of the State of Illinois for the occurrence of petroleum. Repeals provisions governing certain petroleum leases, right of way over public lands, and preferential rights to prospecting permits. Effective immediately.

 

SB 1224

Short Description:  ROTA-BAD DEBT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Daniel Biss

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that a retailer is relieved from liability for any tax that becomes due and payable if the tax is represented by amounts that are found to be worthless or uncollectible, have been charged off in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and will be claimed as a deduction pursuant to Section 166 of the Internal Revenue Code. Provides for a deduction if the retailer had previously paid such a tax. Contains provisions concerning the payment of taxes on purchases made through a private-label credit card. Effective immediately.

 

SB 1225

Short Description:  UNEMPLOY INS-SOCIAL SECURITY

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Heather A. Steans

Synopsis As Introduced

     Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Provides that none of the amount received by an individual as primary social security old age and disability retirement benefits shall constitute disqualifying income.

 

SB 1238

Short Description:  FAMILY CARE PROVIDER ACT

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Napoleon Harris, III

Synopsis As Introduced

     Creates the Illinois Family Care Provider Act. Provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period for one or more of these purposes: the birth or adoption of a grandchild in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; because of the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or in order for the employee to care for a grandchild if such grandchild has a serious health condition or the employee to care for a grandparent if such grandparent has a serious health condition. Contains provisions concerning notification and certification. Authorizes an employee to file a civil action for enforcement. Effective immediately.

 

 

HJRCA 8

Short Description:  CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES

House Sponsors

Rep. Christian L. Mitchell-Carol Ammons

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Removes a provision that provides that a tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels, and that no government other than the State may impose a tax on or measured by income. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

HJRCA 15

Short Description:  INCOME TAX-EDUCATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides for an additional tax on individuals in an amount equal to 3% of income greater than $1,000,000 for the taxable year. Provides that all revenue collected from the additional tax shall be distributed to school districts solely to provide for full day kindergarten.

 

HJRCA 17

Short Description:  REVENUE-EDUCATION

House Sponsors

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that an additional income tax shall be imposed on individuals in an amount equal to 3% of the portion of the individual’s income that is greater than $1,000,000 for the taxable year. Provides that the revenue collected from the tax shall be distributed to school districts on a per pupil basis. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

HJRCA 18

Short Description:  CON AMEND-REDISTRICTING

House Sponsors

Rep. Scott Drury

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Creates the Independent Redistricting Commission to adopt and file with the Secretary of State a redistricting plan for Legislature and Representative Districts. Provides for the selection of Commissioners and establishes the authority of a Special Commissioner to design a redistricting plan in the event that the Commission fails to properly adopt and file a redistricting plan.

 

HJRCA 19

Short Description:  CONAMEND-GRADUATED INC TAX

House Sponsors

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that individual income taxes may be at a graduated or a non-graduated rate. Provides that any such tax imposed on corporations shall be at a non-graduated rate, not to exceed the average of the lowest and highest individual rates by more than a ratio of 8 to 5. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

HJRCA 26

Short Description:  REVENUE-EDUCATION

House Sponsors

Rep. Michael J. Madigan

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that an additional income tax shall be imposed on individuals in an amount equal to 3% of the portion of the individual’s income that is greater than $1,000,000 for the taxable year. Provides that the revenue collected from the tax shall be distributed to school districts on a per pupil basis. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

HJRCA 27

Short Description:  CONAMEND-REDISTRICTING

House Sponsors

Rep. Steven Andersson

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution concerning redistricting. Contains provisions relating to division of Senators into 3 groups for assignment of terms, Representative Districts being decoupled from Legislative Districts, appointment of a Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission, criteria for redistricting plans, approval of plans by Senate and House resolutions, appointment of Special Masters, and other matters. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

 

SJRCA 1

Short Description:  CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Don Harmon

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Removes a provision that provides that a tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels, and that no government other than the State may impose a tax on or measured by income. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

SJRCA 11

Short Description:  INCOME TAX RATES

Senate Sponsors

Sen. Kwame Raoul

Synopsis As Introduced

      Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Removes a provision that provides that a tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that, for any income tax imposed upon corporations, the rate shall not exceed the weighted average rate imposed on individuals by more than a ratio of 8 to 5. Effective upon being declared adopted.