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Email: greenm@icpas.org Legislative Report May 16, 2021
Prepared by: Martin Green
ILLINOIS CPA SOCIETY CAPITOL OFFICE
Special Legislative Session
101st General Assembly (2d Spring)
Bill Information
$CDB-OCE-TECH
(HOFFMAN J)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Appropriates specified amounts from the Capital Development Fund, the School 9 Construction Fund, the Anti-Pollution Fund, the Transportation Bond Series A Fund, the Transportation Bond Series B Fund, the Coal Development Fund, the Transportation Bond Series D Fund, Multi-Modal Transportation Bond Fund, the Build Illinois Bond Fund, and other named Funds for specified capital and infrastructure projects. Effective immediately, except for certain provisions that are effective July 1, 2020.

  RECENT STATUS

6/12/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0638

6/12/2020 - Effective Date June 12, 2020

6/12/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

PROCURE DOMESTIC PRODUCTS
(HARRIS G)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the FY2021 Budget Implementation Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to make the changes in State programs that are necessary to implement the Governor's FY2021 budget recommendations. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

6/10/2020 - Effective Date June 10, 2020

6/10/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0636

6/10/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

PATIENT RIGHTS-DRUG PLANS
(WILLIS K)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Extends the repeal of the following by one year: the Crematory Regulation Act; the Cemetery Oversight Act; the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act; the Radiation Protection Act of 1990; the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997; a provision of the Illinois Power Agency Act concerning home rule preemption; the Emergency Telephone System Act; the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act; provisions of the Cable and Video Competition Article of the Public Utilities Act; the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act; and the Transportation Network Providers Act. Further amends the Emergency Telephone System Act to delay the required implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 service until December 31, 2021 (rather than July 1, 2020) and to make conforming changes throughout the Act. Further amends the Cable and Video Competition Article of the Public Utilities Act to extend State-issued authorizations to provide cable or video service by one year. Amends the Mechanics Lien Act. In provisions concerning fixing or stipulating time for the completion of a contract or a time for payment in a contract in order to obtain a lien, extends the date that certain provisions are operative for one year. Amends Public Act 101-221. Delays, from July 1, 2020 until March 1, 2021, the effective date of the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

6/12/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0639

6/12/2020 - Effective Date June 12, 2020

6/12/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

SECURE CHOICE SAVINGS OPTIONS
(HOFFMAN J)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act to require appointments to the Illinois Works Review Panel to be made within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. Requires the Panel to hold its first meeting within 45 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. Amends the Chicago Police and Chicago Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In provisions concerning eligibility for ordinary death benefits and certain annuities related to death in the line of duty, provides that the death of any fireman or policeman as a result of the exposure to and contraction of COVID-19, as evidenced by either (i) a confirmed positive laboratory test for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies or (ii) a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed medical professional, shall be rebuttably presumed to have been contracted while in the performance of an act or acts of duty and the fireman or policeman shall be rebuttably presumed to have been fatally injured while in active service. Specifies that the presumption shall apply to any fireman or policeman who contracted COVID-19 on or after March 9, 2020 and on or before December 31, 2020; except that the presumption shall not apply if the policeman or fireman was on a leave of absence from his or her employment for a period of 14 or more consecutive days immediately prior to the date of contraction of COVID-19. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Amends the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act with respect to claims related to COVID-19. Provides that there is a rebuttable presumption that an employee's contraction of COVID-19 arises out of and in the course of the employee's first responder or front-line worker employment and that the injury or occupational disease shall be rebuttably presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employee's first responder or front-line worker employment. Defines terms. Makes changes in the maximum weekly benefit amount. Makes changes with respect to the state experience factor and applicable contribution rate surcharges. Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act. Authorizes the payment of extended benefits for weeks beginning on or after March 15, 2020, through the end of the fourth week prior to the last week for which federal sharing is provided as authorized by Section 4105 of Public Law 116-127, or any amendments thereto. Provides that benefit limits do not include Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation amounts provided for in Section 2104 of Public Law 116-136. Eliminates the waiting period in certain circumstances. Provides for retroactive application. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

6/8/2020 - Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Pat McGuire

6/5/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0633

6/5/2020 - Effective Date June 5, 2020

AVIATION FUEL TAX
(ZALEWSKI M)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Provides that a cocktail or mixed drink placed in a sealed container by a retail licensee at the retail licensee's location may be transferred and sold for off-premises consumption if specified requirements are met. Prohibits third-party delivery services from delivering cocktails or mixed drinks. Prohibits the delivery or carry out of cocktails or mixed drinks under specified conditions. Repeals the provisions concerning transferring cocktails for off-premises consumption one year after the effective date of the amendatory Act. For a liquor license holder whose business or business operations have been suspended in any capacity due to any executive order issued on or after March 16, 2020 or any subsequent rule established by the Department of Public Health or any other agency of the State as a result of COVID-19: provides that late filing fees shall not apply for a specified period; authorizes the deferral of liquor license fees for a specified period; and provides that the renewal of the liquor license shall be automatically approved and the license shall be extended for a specified period. Provides that a retail licensee shall not be deemed to be delinquent in payment until 30 days after the date on which the region in which the retail licensee is located enters Phase 4 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan as issued on May 5, 2020. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

6/2/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0631

6/2/2020 - Effective Date June 2, 2020

6/2/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

FIRST 2020 GENERAL REVISORY
(HARRIS G)

Creates the First 2020 General Revisory Act. Combines multiple versions of Sections amended by more than one Public Act. Renumbers Sections of various Acts to eliminate duplication. Corrects obsolete cross-references and technical errors. Makes stylistic changes. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

USE/OCC TX-REDUCE RATE
(MCSWEENEY D)

Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Reduces the rate of tax under those Acts for a 3-month period to 4.69% (currently 6.25%). Provides that, during that period, with respect to food, medicines, drugs, medical appliances, and other devices that are ordinarily subject to a 1% rate of tax, the tax is imposed at the rate of 0.75%. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

PROPERTY TAX-EXTEND DUE DATE
(SKILLICORN A)

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a disaster is declared by proclamation of the Governor for all counties in the State due to a public health emergency, then the due date for the first installment of property taxes due in that calendar year shall be delayed by 90 days, and no penalties or interest shall accrue during that extension. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

PROTECTIVE EQUIP RESPONSIBILIT
(THAPEDI A)

Creates the Personal Protective Equipment Responsibility Act. Requires an employer designated as an essential employer under a disaster proclamation issued pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Act or an executive order issued pursuant to the disaster proclamation to provide personal protective equipment to independent contractors and to all employees during the duration of the disaster proclamation or executive order. Defines terms. Authorizes the recovery of damages, including punitive damages, and attorney's fees. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/22/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

UNIVERSAL NO-COST BROADBAND
(FORD L)

Amends the Broadband Advisory Council Act. Directs the Council to develop a plan to provide access to broadband services at no cost to all residents of this State. Provides that the Office of Broadband within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall support and assist the Council in the development of the plan. Requires that priority be given to zip codes identified as having high levels of poverty and areas lacking the infrastructure necessary to meet requirements for high-speed access to the Internet. Requires the Council to identify existing and new streams of State revenue necessary to implement the plan. Provides that the Council shall report the plan and recommendations for legislation necessary to implement the plan to the General Assembly by March 31, 2021. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

FINANCE AUTH-5 YEAR LOAN LAW
(SOSNOWSKI J)

Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Creates the Five Year Loan Law as a new Article in the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority shall establish a Five Year Loan Office within the Authority. Provides further requirements concerning the operation of the Five Year Loan Office and the issuance of loans. Provides requirements concerning financing and charges related to the issuance of loans. Creates the Five Year Loan Office Advisory Board to oversee the operation of the Five Year Loan Office. Provides for the membership meetings, and powers of the Advisory Board. Provides for administrative support of the Advisory Board. Provides for the use of federal aid money. Provides for the adoption of rules, including emergency rules. Provides reporting requirements. Creates the Illinois Five Year Loan Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Repeals the Five Year Loan Law Article on January 1, 2030. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to provide for emergency rulemaking. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois Five Year Loan Fund. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

PROP TX-PENALTIES
(SOSNOWSKI J)

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, with respect to 2019 taxes (payable in 2020), no installment of taxes due under this Code shall become delinquent until 90 days after each installment would otherwise become delinquent. Provides that, during the 90-day period, neither penalties nor interest shall be charged. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

SCH CD-BONDS-KOMAREK DISTRICT
(FORD L)

Amends the School Code. Provides that, in addition to all other authority to issue bonds, Komarek School District 94 may issue bonds with an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $20,800,000 if certain conditions are met. Provides that the debt incurred on any bonds issued and on any bonds issued to refund or continue to refund those bonds may not be considered indebtedness for purposes of any statutory debt limitation and must mature within 30 years from their date of issuance. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

PROP TX-WAIVE INTEREST
(MAYFIELD R)

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2019 (payable in 2020), interest penalties shall be waived for the delinquent payment of any property tax installment. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

8/31/2020 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers

5/21/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer

$AGING-FAMILY CAREGIVR SUPPORT
(WILLIS K)

Appropriates $6,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department on Aging for services provided under the Family Caregiver Act. Effective July 1, 2020.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/18/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/18/2020 - FIRST READING

IEMA-DISASTER DECLARATION
(MORRISON T)

Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that after an initial proclamation declaring that a disaster exists, the Governor may only extend that declaration or make further proclamations regarding the same disaster if the General Assembly passes a resolution within 5 calendar days that approves the extension or further proclamation. Provides that if, due to health or safety concerns, the General Assembly is unable to convene in either regular or special session to approve the extension or further proclamation, the extension or further proclamation may continue in effect until the General Assembly is able to convene in regular or special session if the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives submit written certification to the Governor that the General Assembly is unable to convene to provide the necessary approval of the extension or further proclamation. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/19/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Amy Grant

5/19/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Tim Butler

GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
(MEIER C)

Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Establishes the fiscal year 2021 mileage reimbursement rate and allowance for lodging and meals. Amends the Compensation Review Act. Reverses the increase in compensation for members of the General Assembly to the level of compensation received by members for fiscal year 2019. Prohibits cost-of-living adjustments for or during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 for State government legislative and executive elected officers and appointees in positions for which the Compensation Review Board previously recommended or determined compensation. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/22/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Patrick Windhorst

5/22/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Blaine Wilhour

IEMA-LIC REVOCATION PROHIBITED
(MAZZOCHI D)

Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that no occupational or professional license issued by any State agency to a business or person may be revoked or suspended based upon a failure to comply with an executive order related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, unless a court order has been obtained to allow such license revocation or suspension. Provides that no State agency or employee of that State agency may enter on to the premises of a business or person for the purpose of effectuating the revocation or suspension of an occupational or professional license based upon a failure to comply with an executive order related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, unless a court order has been obtained to allow the enforcing State agency to enter on to the premises for such purpose and notice has been provided to the relevant State legislators of the district in which the business or person resides. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

12/14/2020 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael T. Marron

5/19/2020 - Referred to House Rules

PROP TX-COLLECTIONS
(PIZER J)

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2020 (payable in 2021), in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, current taxes shall be payable in 4 equal installments, due on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/22/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/22/2020 - FIRST READING

INCOME TAX-DUE DATES
(MEIER C)

Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that, if a disaster is declared by proclamation of the Governor for all counties in the State due to a public health emergency, the income tax filing and tax payment deadline required by the State of Illinois shall be extended until 90 days after the end of the Governor's declaration. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/22/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/22/2020 - FIRST READING

PUBLIC FUNDS-GOVT INVESTMENT
(WELCH E)

Amends the Public Funds Investment Act. Provides that when investing or depositing public funds, each public agency shall invest or deposit such funds with or in financial institutions that have a board of directors consisting of at least 20% persons of color. Provides that a financial institution that does not have a board of directors consisting of at least 20% persons of color may increase or modify its board membership. Provides that any public agency investing or depositing public funds shall divest any previously invested or deposited funds from any financial institution failing to meet specified requirements by January 1, 2021. Defines "persons of color". Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

11/10/2020 - Referred to House Rules

11/10/2020 - FIRST READING

INDIANA REOPENING PLAN
(SKILLICORN A)

Urges Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to adopt a reopening plan similar to that of Indiana.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/22/2020 - Referred to House Rules

5/15/2020 - Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Allen Skillicorn

$APPROP/REAPPROP/SUPPLEMENTAL
(HARMON D)

House Floor Amendment No. 5 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Makes various appropriations and reappropriations for specified purposes. Amends Public Act 101-7 by changing and adding various appropriations. Some provisions are effective immediately; some provisions are effective July 1, 2020.

  RECENT STATUS

6/10/2020 - Effective Date June 10, 2020

6/10/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0637

6/10/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

COVID-19/HORSE RACING/BATTERY
(LIGHTFORD K)

House Floor Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Public Employee Disability Act. Provides that upon the occurrence of circumstances which would hinder the physical recovery from an injury of an eligible employee within the one-year period as required under the Act, the eligible employee shall be entitled to an extension of no longer than 60 days by which he or she shall continue to be paid by the employing public entity on the same basis as he or she was paid before the injury. Provides that the employing public entity may require proof of the circumstances hindering an eligible employee's physical recovery before granting the extension. Makes conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Provides that, as a condition of obtaining an organization gaming license under the Act, an entity that has at least 10 employees on average over the 12 months preceding application for the license must negotiate and enter into a labor agreement with labor organizations that seek to represent the entity's employees. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that battery of a merchant is aggravated battery: (i) when the merchant is performing his or her duties, including, but not limited to, relaying directions for healthcare or safety from his or her supervisor or employer or relaying health or safety guidelines, recommendations, regulations, or rules from a federal, State, or local public health agency; and (ii) during a disaster declared by the Governor, or a state of emergency declared by the mayor of the municipality in which the merchant is located, due to a public health emergency and for a period of 6 months after such declaration. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

8/7/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0651

8/7/2020 - Effective Date August 7, 2020

8/7/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

RIVERBOAT GAMBLING-LAND-BASED
(CUNNINGHAM B)

House Floor Amendment No. 5 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Gambling Act. Requires an applicant for a casino license in the City of Chicago to make a public presentation of its proposal and to publish a summary of the proposal on the City of Chicago's or Cook County's website. Provides that if the Gaming Board does not issue certain riverboat and casino licenses within the time period specified under current law, then the Gaming Board shall reopen the license application process for those licenses that have not been issued. Makes changes to the reconciliation payments required by casinos and organization gaming licensees. Changes the privilege tax imposed on adjusted gross receipts from a casino in the City of Chicago and provides specified rates that shall be paid to the State and the City of Chicago (rather than one-third of adjusted gross receipts to the City of Chicago). Makes changes to the division of tax revenue generated from the casino in the City of Chicago. Provides that 0.5% (rather than 2%) of adjusted gross receipts generated by a casino in the City of Chicago shall be paid to Cook County for the purpose of enhancing Cook County's criminal justice system. Provides that a change in rates of the privilege tax imposed on specified casinos begins on July 1, 2020 (rather than the first day the casino conducts gambling operations). Amends the State Fair Gaming Act. Provides that the Illinois Gaming Board shall issue a licensed establishment license to the Department of Agriculture to operate video gaming at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (rather than issuing the license to a concessioner). Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 6 - In provisions amending the Illinois Gambling Act, provides that if at any point after June 1, 2020 there are no pending applications for an owners license for a newly authorized casino and not all owners licenses for newly authorized casinos have been issued (rather than if the Illinois Gaming Board does not issue all owners licenses for newly authorized casinos within the specified time period), then the Board shall reopen the license application process for owners licenses for newly authorized casinos that have not been issued. Provides that the Board shall follow the licensing process provided in the provisions with all time frames tied to the last date of a final order issued by the Board (instead of all time frames tied to the last date for issuing a license) rather than a specified date. Makes changes to the privilege tax rates for tables games to begin on the first date that a newly authorized casino conducts gambling operations.

House Floor Amendment No. 7 - In provisions amending the Illinois Gambling Act, provides that fees for gaming positions for riverboats and casinos shall be paid by July 1, 2021 (rather than July 1, 2020). Amends the Sports Wagering Act. Provides that the license fee for an initial master sports wagering license issued to an organization licensee under the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 shall be paid by July 1, 2021 (rather than July 1, 2020).

House Floor Amendment No. 9 - In provisions amending the Sports Wagering Act, provides that the license fee for an initial master sports wagering license issued to an owners licensee under the Illinois Gambling Act shall be paid by July 1, 2021 (rather than July 1, 2020).

  RECENT STATUS

6/30/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0648

6/30/2020 - Effective Date June 30, 2020

6/30/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

PROP TAX-COVID-19-VARIOUS
(KOEHLER D)

House Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. In a county with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, provides for the permissive waiver of interest and penalties. Provides that, in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, the annual tax sale that would ordinarily be held in calendar year 2020 shall be held no earlier than (i) 120 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act or (2) until the first day of the first month during which there is no longer a statewide COVID-19 public health emergency, as evidenced by an effective disaster declaration of the Governor covering all counties in the State. In provisions concerning the homestead exemption for persons with disabilities, the homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities, and the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption, provides that those exemptions may be granted without application for the 2020 taxable year if the property qualified for the exemption in the 2019 taxable year, subject to certain limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides that under no circumstance may a tax year be offered at a scavenger sale prior to the annual tax sale for that tax year. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

6/5/2020 - Effective Date June 5, 2020

6/5/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0635

6/5/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

UTILITY-HIGH IMPACT BUSINESS
(BELT C)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Extends the repeal of the following by one year: the Crematory Regulation Act; the Cemetery Oversight Act; the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act; the Radiation Protection Act of 1990; the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997; a provision of the Illinois Power Agency Act concerning home rule preemption; the Emergency Telephone System Act; the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act; provisions of the Cable and Video Competition Article of the Public Utilities Act; the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act; and the Transportation Network Providers Act. Further amends the Emergency Telephone System Act to delay the required implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 service until December 31, 2021 (rather than July 1, 2020) and to make conforming changes throughout the Act. Further amends the Cable and Video Competition Article of the Public Utilities Act to extend State-issued authorizations to provide cable or video service by one year. Amends the Mechanics Lien Act. In provisons concerning fixing or stipulating time for the completion of a contract or a time for payment in a contract in order to obtain a lien, extends the date that certain provisions are operative for one year. Amends Public Act 101-221. Delays, from July 1, 2020 until March 1, 2021, the effective date of the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

2/5/2021 - Sent to Governor for Signature

1/13/2021 - Passed Both Houses

1/13/2021 - Senate Concurs

DOWNSTATE TRANS-DESIGN-BUILD
(CASTRO C)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Grant Information Collection Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

  RECENT STATUS

2/5/2021 - Sent to Governor for Signature

1/13/2021 - Passed Both Houses

1/13/2021 - Senate Concurs

FOIA/ELECTIONS-CYBERSECURITY
(MORRISON J)

House Floor Amendment No. 5 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Election Code. Creates the Conduct of the 2020 General Election Article in the Code. For the 2020 general election, provides for changes to vote by mail, first time registrants and changes of address for registrants, the public dissemination of information for the 2020 general election, early voting and election day requirements, judges of election, electronic service of objections, additional duties of election authorities and the State Board of Elections, and 2020 county party conventions. Establishes November 3, 2020 as a State holiday to be known as 2020 General Election Day to be observed throughout the State. Provides that all government offices (with the exception of election authorities) shall be closed unless authorized to be used as a location for election day services or as a polling place. Provides the State Board of Elections with emergency rulemaking authority. Repeals the Article on January 1, 2021. Makes conforming changes in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, the Illinois Procurement Code, the School Code, and the State Universities Civil Service Act. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 6 - In provisions creating the Conduct of the 2020 General Election Article in the Election Code, excludes absent electors in military or naval service from the requirement that any elector submitting an application on or before October 1, 2020 shall receive a ballot no later than October 6, 2020. Provides that provisions concerning changes for first time registrants and change of address registrations do not apply to applications processed through automatic voter registration through the Secretary of State. Makes changes to the requirements for election judges. Reorganizes provisions concerning reimbursement for 2020 general election expenses and provides that the State Board of Elections may (rather than shall) adopt emergency rules to establish a program to provide reimbursement to election authorities for expenses related to the 2020 general election incurred as a result of COVID-19 and the requirements of the amendatory Act. Deletes language concerning 2020 county party conventions. Makes conforming changes.

  RECENT STATUS

6/16/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0642

6/16/2020 - Effective Date June 16, 2020

6/16/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

HEALTH CARE AFFORD/INFO/KIDNEY
(HUNTER M)

House Committee Amendment No. 6 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Health Care Affordability Act. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in consultation with the Department of Insurance, to oversee a feasibility study to explore options to make health insurance more affordable for Illinois residents. Provides that the Departments shall develop and submit a proposal to the General Assembly and the Governor concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a State option for health care coverage that leverages existing State infrastructure. Creates the Kidney Disease Prevention and Education Task Force Act. Creates the Kidney Disease Prevention and Education Task Force. Provides for membership and meetings of the Task Force. Requires the Task Force to develop a sustainable plan to raise awareness about early detection, promote health equity, and reduce the burden of kidney disease throughout the State and submit a final report to the General Assembly on or before December 21, 2022. Repeals the Act on June 1, 2022. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that an offsite institutional pharmacy may supply emergency kits to a licensed facility. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the medical assistance program shall provide coverage for routine care costs that are incurred in the course of an approved clinical trial if the medical assistance program would provide coverage for the same routine care costs not incurred in a clinical trial. Defines "approved clinical trial" to mean a phase I, II, III, or IV clinical trial involving the prevention, detection, or treatment of cancer or any other life-threatening disease or condition. Provides that "routine care cost" shall be defined by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services by rule. Provides that implementation of this coverage for routine care costs shall be contingent upon federal approval. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Human Services to jointly submit the necessary application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver or State Plan amendment to allow remote monitoring and support services as a waiver-reimbursable service for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides that the application shall be submitted no later than January 1, 2021. Amends the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act. Changes the name of the Health Information Exchange Authority to the Health Information Exchange Office. Provides that staff employed by the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall transfer to the Health Information Exchange Office within the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Makes conforming changes to several Acts including the Medical Patient Rights Act, Genetic Information Privacy Act, and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. Amends the Children's Health Insurance Program Act, the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act, and the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Permits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to take necessary actions to address the COVID-19 public health emergency to the extent such actions are required, approved, or authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Provides that such actions may continue throughout the public health emergency and for up to 12 months after the period ends, and may include, but are not limited to: accepting an applicant's or recipient's attestation of income, incurred medical expenses, residency, and insured status when electronic verification is not available. Further amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Permits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to cover the treatment of COVID-19 to persons who qualify for medical assistance under federal law and regulations and to noncitizens. Contains provisions concerning payment claims for ambulance providers that are unable to obtain a Physician Certification Statement; assessment forms for long-term care facilities; income verification for medical assistance recipients; remote monitoring and support services as a waiver-reimbursable service for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and other matters. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

7/7/2020 - Effective Date July 7, 2020

7/7/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0649

7/7/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

PROCUREMENT-REVENUE-SOFTWARE
(HARMON D)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "33 1/3%".

  RECENT STATUS

5/29/2020 - Effective Date May 29, 2020

5/29/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0630

5/29/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

GOVT EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION
(SIMS E)

House Floor Amendment No. 5 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Government Emergency Administration Act. Provides legislative findings and purpose. Creates the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission Act. Establishes the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission within the Department of commerce and Economic Opportunity to monitor actions taken by the Office of the Governor with regard to the Restore Illinois plan and to keep members of the General Assembly informed of those actions and any need for further legislative action. Amends the Broadband Advisory Council Act. Directs the Broadband Advisory Council to study the provision of access to broadband services at no cost to all residents of this State. Provides that the Council shall report its recommendations to the General Assembly by March 31, 2021. Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides for remote participation in meetings of public bodies. Amend the Freedom of Information Act. Provides an exception from liability for certain delays in responding to requests for information. Amends the Electronic Commerce Security Act. Provides for remote witnessing and notarization. Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that the deadlines for filing statements of economic interests under this Section on or after March 17, 2020 shall be suspended until August 1, 2020. Amends the Secretary of State Act. Provides for emergency powers to extend the validity of driver's licenses, permits, and identification cards. Provides for the adoption of emergency rules. Amends the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code. Provides that the Merit Commission may extend certain procedural deadlines. Provides for the adoption of emergency rules. Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act to make a conforming change. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides for the extension of certain procurements made by or on behalf of the University of Illinois for investment services. Amends the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act. Provides for days when facilities shall be open without charge until June 30, 2022. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to make a conforming change. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2020, if a disaster, state of emergency, or national emergency is declared within the 60 days preceding the end of the first quarter of a municipality's fiscal year or within 60 days preceding the end of a municipality's fiscal year, as applicable, and the disaster, emergency, or declaration impacts the municipality, the time limit to pass the annual appropriation ordinance or annual budget shall be extended for the duration of the disaster or emergency and for 60 days thereafter. Provides that during the extended period, the municipality may expend sums of money up to amounts budgeted or appropriated for those objects and purposes in the previous fiscal year to defray all necessary expenses and liabilities of the municipality. Amends the Department of Insurance Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Insurance to appoint a task force on business interruption insurance policies to study the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and the need for changes to business interruption insurance policies based on those impacts, including recommendations for legislation. Provides that the Task Force shall include a representative from a national trade association, based in the State of Illinois, that represents insurers who provide a significant segment of market share of the commercial insurance provided in the State of Illinois. Provides that the Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2020. Amends the General Assembly Organization Act. Provides that in times of pestilence or an emergency resulting from the effects of enemy attack or threatened enemy attack, members may participate remotely and cast votes in sessions, by joint proclamation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, and committees of either the House of Representatives or Senate may participate remotely pursuant to the rules of the chamber. Provides that the House of Representatives and the Senate shall adopt rules for remote participation. Legislative Commission Reorganization Act of 1984. Provides that in times of pestilence or an emergency resulting from the effects of enemy attack or threatened enemy attack, by agreement of the co-chairs of the respective Board, members of a Board under this subsection may participate remotely and cast votes in a hearing. Requires each Board to adopt rules for remote participation. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 6 - Amends the Secretary of State Act. Makes a technical correction in a section regarding emergency powers. Amends the Forest Preserve Zoological Parks Act and the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act. Makes technical corrections in sections regarding days at which facilities must be open to Illinois residents without charge.

House Floor Amendment No. 9 - Removes a provision amending the Freedom of Information Act to provide specified exemptions from the requirements of the Act from March 9, 2020 through 15 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Specifies which days zoological parks must be open to Illinois residents without charge through June 30, 2022. Removes a provision amending the General Assembly Organization Act to provide for remote participation by members in sessions and committee meetings of the General Assembly. Removes a provision amending the Legislative Commission Reorganization Act of 1984 allowing for remote participation in board meetings for legislative agencies.

  RECENT STATUS

6/12/2020 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0640

6/12/2020 - Effective Date July 1, 2020; Some provisions

6/12/2020 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

REVENUE-TECH
(VILLIVALAM R)

Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

6/24/2020 - Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

6/16/2020 - Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments

VID GM&CRIM CD-GAMBLING DEVICE
(CUNNINGHAM B)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Changes the definition of "gambling device" to include any vending or other electronic machine or device, including, without limitation, a machine or device that awards credits and contains a circuit, meter, or switch capable of removing and recording the removal of credits that offers a person entry into any contest, competition, sweepstakes, scheme, plan, or other selection process that involves or is dependent upon an element of chance for which the person may receive a gift, award, or other item or service of value if that offer is incidental to or results from: (A) the purchase of an item or service of value; or (B) the purchase or gratuitous receipt of a coupon, voucher, certificate, or other similar credit that can be redeemed for or applied towards an item or service of value from such machine or device or elsewhere. Provides that participants in a game of skill or chance where money or other things of value can be won but no payment or purchase is required to participate shall not be convicted of gambling except where participation in such game of skill or chance is accomplished using a gambling device prohibited by these changes to the definition. Further provides that a gambling offense involving such a gambling device is a Class 4 felony. Amends the Video Gaming Act. Removes a provision allowing for the use of a game device without a license if the game device is used in an activity that is not gambling under the Criminal Code of 2012. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/15/2020 - Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2020

5/7/2020 - Rule 2-10 Third Reading/Passage Deadline Established As May 29, 2020

CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
(BUSH M)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

2/14/2020 - Referred to Senate Assignments

2/14/2020 - FIRST READING

PEMBROKE TWP NATURAL GAS PILOT
(JOYCE P)

Creates the Pembroke Township Natural Gas Investment Pilot Program Act. Directs the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to create a pilot program for the distribution of grants for the construction of new natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in Pembroke Township. Requires applicants for grants to demonstrate that the grants will result in the construction of a new natural gas pipeline to provide natural gas to the residents of the township. Provides that grantees are subject to audit by the State. Provides that the Department may accept private and public funds in furtherance of the purposes of the Pilot Program. Imposes data collection and reporting requirements. Provides that the Department shall report annually to the Governor and General Assembly beginning in 2022 regarding cost estimates for the Pilot Program, recommendations for improvement to the Pilot Program, and a recommendation as to whether the Pilot Program should be continued. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Pembroke Township Natural Gas Investment Pilot Program Fund.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

3/12/2020 - Referred to Senate Assignments

3/12/2020 - FIRST READING

COVID-19 IMMUNITY ACT
(PLUMMER J)

Creates the COVID-19 Immunity Act. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, any individual, business, or unit of local government shall not be liable for any civil damages for any acts or omissions that result in the transmission of COVID-19, other than damages occasioned by willful and wanton misconduct by the individual, business, or unit of local government. Provides that, with the exception of willful and wanton misconduct, a health care provider shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death relating to the diagnosis, transmission, or treatment of COVID-19 alleged to have been caused by any act or omission by the health care provider, which injury or death occurred at a time when health care provider was providing health care services consistent with current guidance issued by the Department of Public Health. Provides that the Act applies to any cause of action arising on or after January 1, 2020. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

12/18/2020 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Dave Syverson

12/17/2020 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Jason A. Barickman

INC TX-EMPLOYMENT
(VILLIVALAM R)

Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an income tax credit for employers who hire residents of the State to work in the fields of technology, health care, or manufacturing if those residents were unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sets forth the amount of the credit. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/29/2020 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Bill Cunningham

5/24/2020 - Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

SAFE PROTOCOLS-DISASTER
(BRADY W)

Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish safe place of business protocols on or before May 30, 2020 to regulate businesses that reopen following the expiration of the specified executive orders or disaster proclamations. Sets forth requirements for the protocols. Provides that businesses that comply with the protocols may reopen and rehire staff at their discretion as soon as is practical. Provides that the provisions are repealed on January 1, 2021. Contains other provisions. Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that after an initial proclamation declaring that a disaster exists, the Governor may only extend that declaration or make further proclamations regarding the same disaster if the General Assembly passes a resolution within 5 calendar days that approves the extension or further proclamation. Provides that if, due to health or safety concerns, the General Assembly is unable to convene in either regular or special session to approve the extension or further proclamation, the extension or further proclamation may continue in effect until the General Assembly is able to convene in regular or special session if specified members of the General Assembly submit written certification to the Governor that the General Assembly is unable to convene to provide the necessary approval of the extension or further proclamation. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2021 - Session Sine Die

5/21/2020 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Jil Tracy

5/21/2020 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Donald P. DeWitte

CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
(HARMON D)

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 (currently, there may be no more than one income tax imposed on individuals and one income tax imposed on corporations, and the rate of tax imposed upon corporations shall not exceed the rate imposed on individuals by more than a ratio of 8 to 5). Provides that the income tax may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. Provides that no government other than the State may impose a tax on or measured by income. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the resolved clause. 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 the General Assembly shall provide by law for the rate or rates of any tax on or measured by income imposed by the State. Provides that the highest rate imposed on corporations may not exceed the highest rate imposed on individuals by more than a ratio of 8 to 5. Effective upon being declared adopted.

  RECENT STATUS

5/27/2019 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Antonio Mu?oz

5/27/2019 - Adopted Both Houses

5/27/2019 - 3/5 Vote Required