Good afternoon Technology
Welcome to May
- my favorite month of the year. May typically features the end of the spring legislative calendar (more on this below), the Indy 500, Cinco de Mayo
my birthday (along with my wife and youngest daughter)
and the opening of swimming pools to mark the beginning of summer.
In fact, t
his weekend should have been the Kentucky Derby
, but it was delayed along with all other sporting events
. I'm having serious sports withdraws and might stage a family race around the back yard so I can place mock wagers and
enjoy a mint julep.
The dog is the heavy betting favorite, but
and so my
money is on her.
Lots of infrastructure related news this week, lets get to it.
Are we there yet? Republicans want to return to legislating
The House and Senate were not in session this week.
It is still uncertain when they will return but the Republicans are starting to become much more vocal
about the need to conduct the state's business in Springfield.
It started this week when the Senate Minority Leader, Bill Brady of Bloomington, released an open letter demanding to
get back to business.
He has since
done quite an extensive media push in both print and appearing on Chicago networks. Members of the House Republican
, meanwhile, are taking to the judicial system to try and reopen the state.
Despite their consistent calls to reopen and return to Springfield, t
he Republicans are in the minority
and any decision will be up the to Speaker, the Governor and the Senate President. The Speaker has
remained fairly quiet during the pandemic and has
shown little desire to return to Springfield
Polls have consistently shown the public as gun shy about opening as well, which lessens the pressure to return anytime soon.
There has been increasing sourced chatter about a return the last week of
let me stress that nothing is finalized yet. Remember, a budget passed in June requires
a supermajority in favor. A May budget just requires a simple majority. Election year political realities don't completely disappear, even in a worldwide pandemic.
Other Legislative Updates
One of the legislative
session's cancellation is any hope of the Fair Maps Amendment. The deadline for that was this week and with no session, all hopes for getting a better mapping process
to the voters in November has been lost. With Democratic leaders that depending on drawing the legislative boundaries
to keep their supermajorities
it was a difficult task. Unfortunately, COVID made
The next map will be drawn like
other ones, and voters will suffer because of it.
US Senators Introduce Data Privacy Bill
Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi
and Chairman of the Senate Commerce C
hair), John Thune (R- South Dakota),
Jerry Moran (R- Kansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R- Tennessee) announced plans to introduce a COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act.
The legislation would
require companies under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission
to obtain affirmative express consent from individuals to collect, process, or transfer their personal health, geolocation, or proximity information for the purposes of tracking the spread of COVID-19. It would also direct companies to disclose to consumers at the point of collection how their data will be handled, to whom it will be transferred, and how long it will be retained. There would be no private right of action; enforcement
would be given to state attorneys general.
The bill would only apply during the COVID-19
pandemic but its passage would make it easier for a larger scale bill to pass once this is over. Earlier the Senate was working on a data privacy bill that would preempt state law. This is relevant as data privacy legislation promises to be a large feature of the 2021 General Assembly in Illinois.
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Tax Institute Presents: "How to Challenge Audit Assessments and Refund Claim Denials
Join Paul Bogdanski Partner in the Reed Smith State and Local Tax practice and Keith Staats Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute as they discuss the options available to taxpayers to challenge Illinois sales and income tax audit assessments
and refund claim denials.
They will discuss choosing the proper forum for your challenge, filing deadlines and procedural rules. Paul and Keith will also give their thoughts on when to litigate, when to settle and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how to approach your case.
Until next time,