March 22, 2019
ISACo News and Views
This Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) weekly News and Views newsletter spotlights introduced legislation, provides an update on capital infrastructure legislation, includes legislation of interest that advanced during the past week, provides links to ISACo's social media platforms, looks at key upcoming dates on the legislative calendar and invites counties to join ISACo. Please visit our website (www.isacoil.org) for additional resources and information.
Legislative Spotlight
ISACo maintains an updated list of legislation of interest to counties. This list is organized by category and available within the legislative section of our website (linked here) .

ISACo has taken positions on several bills. A list of these bills, along with ISACo's position, is available via this link.

ISACo will frequently highlight bills of interest in the "Legislative Spotlight" section of our weekly newsletter. This week's highlighted bills are below:

House Bill 2650 (Representative Rita, D-Blue Island)
House Bill 2650 (available via this link) would amend the Environmental Protection Act. to require the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt rules to expand the usage of federally allowable set-aside programs within the Water Revolving Fund, including, but not limited to, programs that provide financial assistance to utilities exploring consolidation or other collaborative approaches with separate utilities for the purpose of improving efficiency, sustainable water management, and equitable water rates.

House Bill 3281 (Representative Batinick, R-Plainfield)
House Bill 3281 (available via this link) would amend the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code to provide that a taxing district shall reduce its aggregate extension base for the purpose of lowering its limiting rate for future years upon referendum approval initiated by the submission of a petition by the voters of the district. ISACo Opposes

House Bill 3445 (Representative Robinson, D-Chicago)
House Bill 3445 (available via this link) would create the Reduction of Lead Service Lines Act to require community water supplies to identify and replace all lead service lines that connect to a water main. Provides that every community water supply in Illinois that has known lead service lines shall create a plan, to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency for approval, to replace all lead service lines and galvanized service lines if the service line is or was connected to lead piping. Provides that no person shall replace a portion of a lead service line without replacing the entirety of the line at the same time, except in cases of emergency repair. The bill is an expensive unfunded mandate on local governments. ISACo Opposes
Capital Infrastructure Update

In an unusual move, Operating Engineers Local 150 proposed a capital infrastructure plan that was filed as an amendment to SB 103 . The amendment is sponsored by Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) who is the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. 

The proposed amendment is limited to roads, bridges and transit projects that would be funded by doubling the Motor Fuel Tax from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents per gallon. Another funding source would be derived from a $150 per year registration fee for electric vehicles.

Capital infrastructure legislation is typically developed through a collaborative process between the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly. The filing of a capital infrastructure bill by an interest group suggests frustration at the current pace of work toward assembling a capital plan. The traditional process whereby the Governor’s Office works with legislators to compile a plan is likely what will ultimately happen.
Legislation Approved by One or Both Chambers

The following ISACo-tracked bills were approved in the House and/or Senate during the week of March 18-22.

Bills Approved by the Senate

Open Meetings Act-Exceptions (Senator Bush, D-Grayslake/Representative Welch, D-Westchester)
Senate Bill 196 (available via this link) would amend the Open Meetings Act to provide that a public body may hold a closed meeting to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific independent contractors, or specific volunteers (currently, only specific employees) of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, independent contractor, or volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity .   The bill was approved by the Senate and will next be considered in the House.

Local Government Auditing Standards (Senator Righter, R-Mattoon/Representative DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights)
Senate Bill 1806 (available via this link) would amend the Governmental Account Audit Act, the Counties Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code to remove definitions of "licensed public accountant" and "accountant." Adds a definition for "generally accepted auditing standards". Modifies the definition of "auditor" to also include a substantially-equivalent licensed CPA that operates out-of-state. Replaces references to licensed public accountants and accountants with references to auditors. Removes audit report requirements for fiscal years prior to 2019. Modifies audit report requirements for fiscal year 2019 and beyond. Changes various terminology throughout. This bill is intended as a "clean-up" to legislation enacted last year (P.A. 100-0837). The bill was approved by the Senate and will next be considered in the House.

Video Sentencing (Senator Murphy, D-Des Plaines/Representative Slaughter, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 1890 (available via this link) would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 to provide that whenever the appearance in person in court, in either a civil or criminal proceeding, is required of anyone held in a place of custody or confinement operated by the State or any of its political subdivisions, including counties and municipalities, the chief judge of the circuit by rule may permit the personal appearance to be made by means of two-way audio-visual communication, including closed circuit television and computerized video conference at a sentencing hearing for a defendant who: (i) at the time of the proceeding was serving a sentence of imprisonment for another offense; and (ii) has agreed to enter a negotiated plea. The bill was approved by the Senate and will next be considered in the House.

Bills Approved by the House

Hospital Report Card Act (Representative Flowers, D-Chicago/Senator Collins, D-Chicago)
House Bill 3 ( available via this link ) would amend the Hospital Report Card Act to require that each hospital include in its quarterly report instances of preterm infants, infant mortality, and maternal mortality. Requires the reporting of racial and ethnic information of the infants' mothers, along with the disparity of occurrences across different racial and ethnic groups. The bill was approved by the House and will next be considered in the Senate.
Noteworthy Committee Action

The following bills of interest were approved by House and Senate committees during the week of March 18-22. The deadline for moving Senate bills out of Senate committees was today (March 22), but the Senate concluded its business for the week on March 21.

Bills Approved by House Committees

Horse Racing-Local Share (Representative Carroll, D-Northbrook)
House Bill 1552 (available via this link) would amend the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 to provide that inter-track wagering location licensees must pay their pari-mutuel handle percentage to the municipality and county no later than the 20th of the month following the month the handle was generated. Provides that inter-track wagering location licensees must pay the admission fees to the municipality and county no later than the 20th of the month following the month the admission fees were imposed (rather than remitting the admission fees to the Illinois Racing Board within 48 hours and the Illinois Racing Board remitting the admission fees to the municipality or county). The bill was approved by the House Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the House Floor.

Poker Runs (Representative Meier, R-Highland)
House Bill 2393 (available via this link) amends the Raffles and Poker Runs Act to provide that a county may pass an ordinance prohibiting the conduct of poker runs within the county's boundaries. Provides that a county that has prohibited poker runs is not required to establish a system for the licensing of organizations to operate poker runs. Provides that a poker run conducted at locations in multiple counties is only required to be licensed by the county with jurisdiction over the key location. The bill was approved by the House Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the House Floor.

Health Care Worker Background (Representative Slaughter, D-Chicago)
House Bill 3061 (available via this link) would amend the Health Care Worker Background Check Act to provide that workforce intermediaries and organizations providing pro bono legal services may initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history record check if a conditional offer of employment has not been made and a background check has not been previously conducted for an individual who has a disqualifying conviction and is receiving services from a workforce, intermediary or an organization providing pro bono legal services. The bill was approved by the House Health Care Licenses Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the House Floor.

Local Residential Inspections (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 2206 (available via this link) would c reate the Local Government Residential Inspection Limitation Act to provide that except for a fire, medical, or police emergency or as otherwise permitted by specified provisions of the Fire Investigation Act, a unit of local government may not conduct a physical inspection of residential property without the voluntary consent of the owner or occupant of the property, a lawful warrant, or court order. Limits home rule powers. The bill was approved by the House Counties and Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Selection of Chief Assessment Officer - Lake County (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 2211 (available via this link) would amend the Property Tax Code to provide that the election authority for Lake County shall cause to be submitted to the voters of Lake County at the general election held on November 3, 2020, a referendum to convert the Office of the Chief Assessment Officer of Lake County to an elected office rather than an appointed office. Provides that in the event that a majority of the electors voting on the referendum are in favor thereof, the Office of the Chief Assessment Officer of Lake County shall become an elected office. The bill was approved by the House Revenue and Finance Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Selection of County Assessor/Supervisor of Assessments (Representative Holbrook, R-Shelbyville)
House Bill 3143 (available via this link) would amend the Property Tax Code to provide that a county with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants may, upon referendum approval, change the manner in which it selects its county assessor or county supervisor of assessments from an elected position to an appointed position or from an appointed position to an elected position. The bill was approved by the House Revenue and Finance Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Expanded County Board Chairperson Authority - McHenry County (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 3317 (available via this link) would create the McHenry County Equitable Standards and Governmental Efficiency Law in the Counties Code. The bill would allow the county board to require the election of specified special district trustees that it appoints. Allows the county board chairperson to: eliminate advisory committees or commissions; create standing committees and appoint members; set county board or committee meeting agendas; have line-item veto powers; and hire independent legal counsel or a parliamentarian or both; approve all appropriation expenditures before they are paid; reduce or divert moneys from a county fund with assets exceeding 150% of the previous year's expenditures on a ratable basis to taxpayers. Allows the county board to appoint an inspector general to investigate waste, fraud, and abuse. Provides that, on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the elected chairperson of the county board is a county office distinct from the county board. Terminates the office of county recorder and the office of the county auditor. Amends the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code. Provides that a county board may prohibit or limit a unit of local government that it has proposed to consolidate from starting a capital program, building project, or land acquisition for a set period of time, not to exceed 2 years, while the county board pursues possible consolidation. During the committee hearing, there was discussion about amending the bill in the future to apply to all counties. The bill was approved by the House Counties and Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

County Board Chairman Removal (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 3593 (available via this link) would amend the Counties Code to provide that a chairman of a county board who is chosen by the board may be removed, with or without cause, upon a motion adopted by an affirmative vote of four-fifths of the board. Provides that upon adoption of a motion to remove the chairman: (i) the chairman position becomes vacant the and former chairman's compensation shall be prorated to the date the motion was approved; (ii) the vice-chairman immediately assumes the duties of chairman without chairman compensation; and (iii) a new chairman shall be elected at the next regularly scheduled county board meeting. Further provides that a chairman removed maintains his or her status as a member of the county board. The bill was approved by the House Counties and Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Transitional Audits (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 3596 (available via this link) would amend the County Auditing Law of the Counties Code to provide that a county board must notify newly elected countywide officials of the option for the county auditor to conduct a transitional audit at the county's expense. Provides that the transitional audit shall examine funds expended by the official for whom the newly elected official is taking over and report if the expended funds were consistent with the county board's financial allocations to that official. Provides that a county board shall give the option for a transitional audit to a county official elected in or after November 2016. Provides that, in a county that does not have an elected county auditor, the newly elected countywide official may hire a qualified auditing firm. Requires the county board to pay all costs associated with an audit. Limits home rule powers. The bill was approved by the House Counties and Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Elected County Assessor (Representative Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach)
House Bill 3597 (available via this link) would amend the Property Tax Code to provide that, in a county with a population of more than 500,000 that does not have an elected county board chairman or executive and has an appointed supervisor of assessments, the office of supervisor of assessments shall be an elected position beginning with the general election held in 2020. The supervisor of assessments serving on the date of the election shall continue to serve until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The bill was approved by the House Counties & Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

County Auditor Duties (Representative Bennett, R-Pontiac)
House Bill 3680 (available via this link) would amend the Counties Code. In provisions regarding additional duties of county auditors in counties of 275,000 population or less, the bill would provide that the following duties are permissive rather than mandatory: being the general accountant of the county and keep its general accounts; and devising and installing a system of financial records in the offices and divisions of the county. During the committee hearing it was mentioned that there will likely be an eventual amendment to the bill. The bill was approved by the House Counties and Townships Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the House Floor.

Collective Bargaining Freedom (Senator Villivalam, D-Chicago/Representative Yednock, D-Ottawa)
Senate Bill 1474 (available via this link) would amend the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act to provide that employers and labor organizations covered by the National Labor Relations Act may execute and apply agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment to the fullest extent authorized by the National Labor Relations Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from enforcing any such law or rule. The bill was approved by the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the House Floor. The bill was already approved by the Senate, but will need to return to the Senate because it was further amended in the House.

Bills Approved by Senate Committees

Complete Streets Act (Senator Villivalam, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 2144 (available via this link) would create the Complete Streets Act to require the Department of Transportation to use federal or State funds allocated for transportation projects to improve safety, access, and mobility for users of the various modes of transportation. Creates the Complete Streets Advisory Board. Provides that the Governor shall appoint members representing various agencies, organizations, or interest groups to the Advisory Board. Provides that the Advisory Board, in coordination with a representative or representatives of the Department, shall prepare a report on the status of the implementation of the Complete Streets Initiative. Provides that the Advisory Board shall submit its initial report and recommendations to the Governor, the Department, and the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2021, and annually on January 1 of each subsequent year. The bill was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

FOIA-Arrest/Criminal Records (Senator Link, D-Gurnee)
Senate Bill 2135 (available via this link) would amend the Freedom of Information Act to exempt from inspection and copying a law enforcement record created for law enforcement purposes if the law enforcement agency that is the recipient of the request did not create the record and did not participate in or have a role in any of the events that are the subject of the record. Provides that if a law enforcement agency receives a request for a law enforcement record created for law enforcement purposes that it did not create, the Lae enforcement agency shall direct the requester to the law enforcement agency that created the law enforcement record. Deletes language exempting from inspection and copying a law enforcement record created for law enforcement purposes and contained in a shared electronic record management system if the law enforcement agency that is the recipient of the request did not create the record, did not participate in or have a role in any of the events which are the subject of the record, and only has access to the record through the shared electronic record management system. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 19 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Voting in Jails and Prisons (Senator Aquino, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 2090 (available via this link) would amend the Election Code to provide that each election authority shall collaborate with the county jail within the jurisdiction of the election authority to facilitate voting by mail for voters eligible to vote in the county who are confined or detained in the county jail. Provides that in a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more, the election authority in the county shall establish a temporary branch polling place in the county jail. Provides that individuals who facilitate a vote by mail process must receive training on the process, responsibilities, and requirements of implementing a vote by mail program. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that each election authority shall collaborate with the county jail within the jurisdiction of the election authority to facilitate voter registration for voters eligible to vote in that county who are confined or detained in the county jail. Provides that a county jail shall provide a voter registration application to any person in custody at the jail who requests an application and is eligible to vote. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that upon discharge from a county jail or release from the Department of Corrections, a person shall be provided with a voter registration form. Provides that the Department, each county jail, and each county probation office shall provide an individual in its custody with specified information on voting rights. The bill was approved by the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and will next be considered on the Senate Floor.

Public Defender Bail Program (Senator Sims, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 1966 (available via this link) would amend the State Appellate Defender Act to create the Public Defender Bail Reform Grant Program to assist county public defenders in implementing a provision of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 which requires counsel at bail hearings. The bill was approved by the Senate Criminal Law Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Nursing Home Reform Act (Senator Harmon, D-Oak Park)
Senate Bill 42 (available via this link) would create the Nursing Home Medicaid Reimbursement Reform Act to provide that it shall be a matter of State policy that all residents of facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act who meet the financial requirements for medical assistance and have a determination of need score of 29 or greater shall be guaranteed the right to: (1) select the facility in which he or she receives care; (2) participate fully in the development of his or her individualized care plan; and (3) be informed in advance of any changes to his or her individualized care plan or to the status of his or her nursing home stay. Provides that all medical treatment and services deemed medically necessary by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, including the provision of prescription drugs not covered under a qualified Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, shall be presumed to be available for any resident who is eligible for medical assistance and shall qualify for reimbursement under the Medical Assistance Program. Provides that any medical services provided, as specified in the Act, to a resident of a facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act shall be reimbursed based on an aggregate rate composed of nursing, support, and capital components. Provides that the State shall also reimburse each facility paying property taxes an amount that equals the facility's actual property tax bill, if applicable. Provides that any additional funds contained in the State Fiscal Year 2020 budget in excess of those expended in the State Fiscal Year 2019 budget shall be distributed by statute. Provides that reimbursement payments for services covered under the Act are due and payable on the last day of each month for all claims submitted during the preceding calendar month. The bill was approved by the Senate Public Health Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Motor Fuel Tax Mandate (Senator Harris, D-Harvey)
Senate Bill 177 (available via this link) would amend the Motor Fuel Tax Law to provide that, for each fiscal year beginning on or after July 1, 2021, if a municipality, county, or road district received a motor fuel tax distribution totaling more than $1,000,000 in the previous fiscal year, then, in order to receive a distribution for the current fiscal year, that municipality, county, or road district must certify to the Department of Transportation that it has established a minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned business enterprise program consistent with the rules and regulations of the Department of Central Management Services Business Enterprise Program. Provides that the municipality, county, or road district shall accept vendor certification from the State of Illinois, the County of Cook, and the City of Chicago. Provides that, if a Department of Central Management Services study does not support the establishment of a business enterprise program for any local municipality, county, or road district, the requirements shall not apply to that local municipality, county, or road district. Provides that the Department of Transportation shall assist municipalities, counties, and road districts in implementing business enterprise programs. The bill was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor. The bill could jeopardize the receipt of Motor Fuel Tax revenue. ISACo Opposes

Government Document Terminology (Senator Villivalam, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 245 (available via this link) would create the Preferred Terminology in Government Documents Act to provide that all State and local government, statutes, codes, rules, regulations, and other official documents enacted on and after the effective date of this Act are required to use the term "Asian" when referring to persons of Asian descent. Provides that the term "Oriental" is prohibited. Provides that the General Assembly urges all State and local entities to review their statutes, codes, rules, regulations, and other official documents and revise them to omit use of the term "Oriental" when referring to persons of Asian descent. The bill was approved by the Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Discontinuance of Municipal Police Department (Senator Link, D-Gurnee)
Senate Bill 1538 (available via this link) would amend the Illinois Municipal Code to provides that a municipal police department in Lake County may be discontinued after referendum of the electors of the municipality. If the referendum passes, the sheriff's department acquires primary jurisdiction over police protection of the municipality and the county acquires the authority to levy any taxes the municipality could have levied to support the policing of the municipality. The bill was approved by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Special County Retailers' Occupation Tax (Senator Curran, R-Woodridge)
Senate Bill 1581 (available via this link) would amend the Counties Code to provide that the Special County Retailers' Occupation Tax (previously the Special County Retailers' Occupation Tax for Public Safety, Public Facilities, Mental Health, Substance Abuse or Transportation) includes criminal justice within the term "public safety purposes." The bill was approved by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor. ISACo Supports

Complete Count Commission (Senator Jones, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 1621 (available via this link) would amend the Illinois Complete Count Commission Act to provide that members serving on the Commission on the effective date of this amendatory Act may be reappointed as members for consecutive decennial census terms. Adds the Lieutenant Governor as a member of the Illinois Complete Count Commission. Provides that any vacancies occurring on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act may be filled by the Lieutenant Governor. Provides that the Lieutenant Governor (currently, Secretary of State) shall serve as chairperson of the Commission. Provides that the census outreach strategy shall have a strategic focus on addressing hard to count and underserved communities that the census historically overlooks, including, but not limited to, homeless persons, senior citizens and veterans. Provides for local complete count commissions. Requires the Commission to issue a report (currently, final report) specifying its recommended outreach strategy for implementation for the 2020 Census no later than January 1, 2020 (currently, June 30 2019). Requires the Commission to submit a final report to the General Assembly no later than December 31, 2020 detailing the work of the Commission concerning outreach, promotion, and community support during the 2020 calendar year. The bill was approved by the Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

Downstate Forest Preserve District Act (Senator Cullerton, D-Villa Park)
Senate Bill 1651 (available via this link) would amend the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act to expand the authority of a forest preserve district to grant licenses, easements, and rights-of-way for construction, operation, and maintenance upon, under, or across any property of the district to include facilities for renewable energy. The bill was approved by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor.

FOIA Exemption for Credit Cards (Senator Koehler, D-Peoria)
Senate Bill 1712 (available via this link) would amend the Freedom of Information Act to exempt from disclosure a public body's credit card numbers, debit card numbers, bank account numbers, Federal Employer Identification Number, security code numbers, passwords, and similar account information, the disclosure of which could result in identity theft or impression or defrauding of a governmental entity or a person. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor. ISACo Supports

FOIA Exemptions (Senator Curran, R-Woodridge)
Senate Bill 1929 (available via this link) would amend the Freedom of Information Act to exempt from inspection and copying under the Act: (1) materials gathered in connection with a grand jury proceeding or documents contained within the prosecution trial file, except as may be allowed under discovery rules adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court; and (2) records in the possession of a prosecutor that were prepared or compiled by the prosecutor in connection with post-conviction proceedings or any voluntary post-conviction internal review. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 20 and is presently on the Senate Floor. ISACo Supports

County and Municipal Authority Over Coal Tar Products (Senator Fine, D-Glenview)
Senate Bill 1184 (available via this link) would amend the Counties Code to provide that the county board or board of county commissioners in Cook, DuPage, Lake and McHenry counties may prohibit the sale of and the use of coal tar sealant product and high polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sealant product on any surface, except for highway structures, including, but not limited to, a driveway, parking area, playground, sidewalk, bike trail, or roadway within the county. Amends the Municipal Code making similar changes. The bill was approved by the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the Senate Floor. ISACo Supports

Lead Service Line Replacement Mandate (Senator Steans, D-Chicago)
Senate Bill 1532 (available via this link) would create the Reduction of Lead Service Lines Act. The bill requires community water supplies to identify and replace all lead service lines that connect to a water main. Provides that every community water supply in Illinois that has known lead service lines shall create a plan, to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency for approval, to replace all lead service lines and galvanized service lines if the service line is or was connected to lead piping. Provides that no person shall replace a portion of a lead service line without replacing the entirety of the line at the same time, except in cases of emergency repair. This bill is similar to HB 3446, which was referenced in the "spotlighted bills" section of this e-newsletter. The bill was approved by the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee on Thursday, March 21 and is presently on the Senate Floor. The legislation will be further negotiated. SB 1532 would create an expensive unfunded mandate on local governments. ISACo Opposes
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Looking Ahead...

The House is scheduled to be in session next week from March 26-29 and the Senate is scheduled to be in session from March 26-28.

The deadline to move House bills out of House committees is March 29.

The deadline to move House bills out of the House and Senate bills out of the Senate is April 12.

The deadline to move House bills out of Senate committees and Senate bills out of House committees is May 10.

The deadline to move House bills out of the Senate and Senate bills out of the House is May 24.

Both chambers are scheduled to adjourn on May 31.
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