April 12, 2019

This Week in Illinois 
The House was in session this week from Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12.  Friday was the Third Reading deadline in both the House and Senate for bills originating in each chamber.
Both chambers will be on spring break from April 15, to April 29, returning for session on Tuesday, April 30.
SJRCA 1 (Harmon), the language for the graduated income tax amendment, passed the Senate Executive Committee on a partisan vote of 12-5  and was read into record on First Reading on the Senate floor. The vehicle for the graduated tax system, received an amendment that would institute an 8:5 ratio from the highest individual rate to the corporate rate. The Chamber testified in opposition to this proposal. You can view the Chamber's testimony here .  
We are urging our members to take action against the proposed graduated income tax by contacting your State Senator and asking them to VOTE NO on SJRCA 1.
To make this call to action easy, we have a ready-to-send grassroots action letter you can send to your legislator  here or by sharing this link:

The Chamber is stressing the importance of following up letters with a call to legislators' district or Springfield office.
You can share the Chamber's testimony with this link:

You can view Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch's explanation of the rate breakdown here.

SB 1829 (Bush) passed the Senate unanimously. The legislation creates the Workplace Transparency Act and is omnibus legislation addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the private sector. The Chamber was instrumental in providing language and negotiating the final proposal and was ultimately neutral on its passage.  Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Employment Law Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the sponsor's  press conference were he discussed the Chamber's participation in the process.

SB 1591 (Sims) passed the Senate unanimously and moves to the House. This initiative of the Illinois Chamber creates a new tax incentive for new or existing data centers. More information on the competitive advantage of data centers here.
HB 356 (Mason) passed the House 71-35-1 and moves to the Senate. The bill requires the state to procure items made in the USA. There are concerns that the regulations could invite retaliation from our closest trading partners - many of which Illinois companies sell to. The Chamber is opposed.
HB 357 (Yednock) passed the House 70-38-3 and moves to the House. The bill requires the state to give preferential procurement treatment to Illinois-made products. Similar to HB 356 , there is concern the legislation would invite retaliation from other states/countries, many of which Illinois companies sell products to. The Chamber is opposed.
SB 24 (Link) passed the Senate 35-19-0 and moves to the House. The legislation requires train crews to consist of at least two individuals. The Chamber is opposed.
SB 54  (Harmon) passed the Senate unanimously and moves to the House. The bill would allow retailers statewide to deliver alcoholic liquors and establish licensing for third-party facilitator licensees. The Chamber supports this bill.
SB 75 (Villivalam) passed the Senate 51-3-0 and moves to the House. The legislation creates the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act requiring hotels and casinos to adopt anti-sexual harassment policies and make safety devices available to certain employees. The Chamber was initially opposed, but with the adoption of the amendments, is now neutral.  
SB 1624 (Glowiak) passed the Senate unanimously and moves to the House. The legislation amends the state's data breach notification law to require notification of a data breach of 500 residents to the AG upon notifying the affected consumer. The Chamber is neutral.
HB 1633 (Hoffman) passed the House 77-28-3 and moves to the Senate. The bill imposes stricter criminal penalties on a person who intentionally damages critical infrastructure such as pipelines, railways, transmission, and coal mines, etc. Senator Hastings will sponsor the bill in the Senate. The Chamber supports this bill.

SB 1719  (Castro) passed the Senate 39-14-0 and moves to the House. The bill would create the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act and would seek to regulate microphone enabled devices. The Chamber is opposed.
SB 1852 (Curran) passed the Senate 54-0 and moves to the House. The bill provides that in the event of an ethylene oxide leak a facility shall issue a notice with specified information immediately upon discovery to all affected property owners and local government within 2,500 feet of the leak site.  The Chamber is opposed.
SB 1854 (Curran) passed out of the Senate 54-0  and moves to the House. The bill amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act no facility shall have fugitive emissions of ethylene oxide above zero.  The Chamber is opposed.
SB 1909 (Castro) passed the Senate today 55-1-0 and moves to the House. The legislation would require certain group heath insurance policies to cover medically necessary postpartum complications.  The Chamber is opposed.  
SB 1919 (Gillespie) passed the Senate unanimously and moves to the House. The legislation requires the Illinois Community College Board to establish and administer a manufacturing training grant program. The Chamber is in support.  
HB 2076 (Villa) passed the House 76-37-1 and moves to the Senate. The legislation prohibits the manufacture, distribution, or use of paper containing BPA for the making of business or banking records. Requires paper manufacturers to, among other things, replace BPA with an alternative chemical. The Chamber opposed this legislation.  
HB 2233 (Thapedi) passed the House 74-37-0 and moves to the Senate. The bill amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that within the discretion of the court, the jury may be asked (rather than required by the court, and must be required on the request of any party) to find specially upon any material question or questions of fact submitted to the jury in writing. Further, it allows any party to request special interrogatories. The Chamber is opposed to this legislation.  
HB 2491  (Walsh) passed the House 106-4-1 and moves to the Senate. The legislation allows for the recycling of plastics through the process of pyrolysis. The Chamber supports this legislation.
HB 2565 (Stava-Murray) failed to pass the House 37-62-3. This bill would have banned covenant not to competes. The Chamber opposed this bill.  
HB 3358 (Turner) passed the House 72-37-1 and moves to the Senate. The legislation creates the Data Transparency and Privacy Act opening up businesses who service Illinois residents to a new regulatory regime on the collection of personal information on Illinois residents. Personal information includes, but is not limited to; usernames, signatures, credit cards, IP addresses, emails, etc. Businesses collecting personal information on Illinois residents need to pay attention to this European-like legislation. The Chamber is opposed.  

The Senate Transportation Committee adopted amendment 1 to  SB 766 (Crowe). This bill would require ride-sharing companies to display consistent and distinctive signage or emblems (also know as trade dress) at all times. The Chamber is opposedThe sponsor agreed to hold the bill on Second Reading until an agreement is reached.  
The Senate Public Health Committee adopted Amendment 4 to  SB 1909 (Castro). This bill amends the Insurance Code and deals with postpartum. The Chamber is opposed to the amendment. 

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