Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Veto Session Update

The second week of the Veto Session of the Illinois legislature is progressing and most issues are still unsettled. A full Alliance Legislative Report will be available upon adjournment. But for now, here is the IASB lobbyists’ scorecard:
  • The governor and legislative leaders have scheduled meetings throughout the week in an attempt to agree to a full-year budget. House Speaker Madigan was a “no-show” Tuesday but attended Wednesday’s meeting. Hopes are not high around the Capitol that any breakthrough will happen this week.
  • SB 550 will be amended with provisions requiring school districts and day care centers to test for lead in the drinking water supply. IASB/Alliance has been at the negotiating table on this issue since the spring session. The amendment is scheduled for a hearing at noon today in the House Environment Committee.
  • SB 516 was amended to make specific changes in property tax law to allow Mascoutah CUSD 19 to receive federal Impact Aid because of the military base within the area. The bill was approved by the House and is pending in the Senate.
  • SB 1393 was a bill with an amendment filed to add burdensome new provisions on school districts regarding student data privacy. The amendment was defeated in the House Judiciary – Civil Committee. IASB/Alliance was the only entity to testify against the amendment.
  • HJRCA 62 would revise the Illinois Constitution to require a 3/5 vote of both chambers to increase the income tax rate in a “lame-duck” session. The resolution was approved by the House State Government Administration Committee and is pending on the House floor.
  • HR 1494 opposes voting on an income tax rate increase in a “lame-duck” session. The resolution was approved by the House State Government Administration Committee and is pending on the House floor.
  • SB 2814, the multi-billion energy package that would allow two of Illinois’ nuclear power plants to remain open, is still under consideration. Negotiators have met, committees have convened, and lobbyists have been dispatched in order to push the bill through. The bill is pending in the House of Representatives.

Previous Alliance Legislative Reports are available on the IASB website.