Friday, November 13, 2015

Alliance Legislative Report (99-35)

Both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate met in session on Tuesday in what could be their last meeting of the year. With the State half-way through the fifth month of an historic budget stalemate, there is still no fiscal agreement and lawmakers may not be returning to work until after the first of the year.

There have been bright spots over the past two weeks. Governor Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders have agreed to meet in an effort to jumpstart budget negotiations; this could happen next week.

Reportedly there is an agreement on one of the auxiliary issues (unemployment insurance) and a budget bill was approved nearly unanimously.

As reported in the last Alliance Legislative Report, bills were approved last month to delay the implementation dates for the new laws regarding Civics education and student-athlete concussions. HB 800 (Conroy, D-Downers Grove), the trailer bill regarding Civics education, has yet to be sent to the Governor for consideration. The House of Representatives has 30 days to send the bill to the Governor.

SB 219 (Raoul, D-Chicago) is the trailer bill regarding student-athlete concussions. SB 219 was sent to the Governor on October 30, 2015. The Governor has 60 days to take action. The Alliance has contacted the Governor’s office requesting that this action be expedited

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report (99-35), including information about the legislative panels at the Joint Annual Conference.