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2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

This survey was distributed to a sampling of 661 contacts of employers from the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. It includes member and non-member businesses within the Aurora-North Aurora region. Responses were collected between January 10, 2018, and January 25, 2018. Four percent of those email invitations sent were eliminated due to non-working emails which left 624 invitations sent. Of those, 226 employers responded for a response rate of 36 percent.

Survey results reflect some growing optimism, particularly around plans to expand both human capital and facility investment. In 2018, more than half (55%) of respondents plan to hire — and sharp 10% upswing from last year. When asked what holds them back from expanding:

  • Twice as many as last year express uncertainty with the State of Illinois (43% versus 21%);
  • Nearly one in three state economic uncertainty as a reason (32%) — which is down from 38% last year and from 48% in 2016;
  • One in four cite excessive regulation and mandates keep them from hiring (26%) — which has hovered around 15% for the past two years.Nearly 70% of respondents had revenues less than $5 million. Better than seven in 10 continue to believe their revenue will improve during the next year. This remains consistent with the previous two surveys.

For 78% of respondents, revenue and sales are better than they were 12 months ago — this is a marked improvement over previous surveys where seven in 10 reported improved revenues. Confidence in the economy is significantly higher this year with 73% believing the economy will improve during the next year — two years ago, only 43% expected the economy to improve. When asked if they expected the economy to improve during the next three years, 76% showed optimism; this is remains consistent with the previous two surveys. Two of three respondents believe financing will be easier to obtain during the next year. Nine of 10 were able to receive financing for their business during the previous 12 months. One half of those surveyed plan to increase investment in their equipment and facilities during the next year.

However, the region’s businesses continue to be frustrated with the State and, in fact, the number of employers stating dissatisfaction has grown significantly. An astounding 98% are concerned with regulations, restrictions, and taxes imposed by the State of Illinois and its negative impact on their ability to do business. This is up significantly from last year’s 87% and from 2016’s 79%. When asked what top business issues the Legislature must address:

  • An overwhelming majority (79%) stated Illinois’ instability which included debt, pensions, outmigration, and “incompetence”;
  • 63% stated taxes and fees;
  • Regulations and mandates tied with workers compensation reform at 49%;
  • Affordable healthcare programs received 40%; and
  • A skilled workforce was named by 36% of respondents.

More than half (55%) state Illinois government regulations are unreasonable. More than eight in 10 (81%) are not confident in the direction the State of Illinois is heading. This is up from 71% last year and 72% in 2016.

Thank you to our survey sponsor, Old Second National Bank, as well as our lunch sponsors Dolan & Murphy, Konen Insurance Agency, and Invest Aurora. We will continue to analyze the details for more findings, support, and proposed programs to offer over the course of the next year.

Important Updates from #AuroraChamber

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed

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Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed

Our online presence (website) is now www.Aurora-Chamber.com (with the hyphen separating the two words. In addition, the staff emails have changed to the @aurora-chamber.com domain. We are beginning the rebranding and awareness of the new domain and will continue rolling out as appropriate.Before 2005, an individual obtained the aurora-chamber.com domain and, for years, offered it to the Chamber at no cost. However, each year we would experience anywhere from a day to a week without a website presence as the renewal was due and we waited for its renewal. This year, on or about Thursday, Feb. 15, the site went down when the renewal was not paid. After several attempts to contact him via email and phone (disconnected), we obtained other (similar) domains to transfer the files and move forward without continuing to have this issue. Last Thursday, within hours, Weblinx (our designer and host) migrated the site, updated the pages and navigation, changed the email addresses, and submitted changes and site map to Google for searches. Membership directory, events, and everything else are now functioning properly.If you notice any broken links or glitches, please let me know so we can get them fixed. Also, if you have sent an email to anyone on the team and not received a response, please let us know at the @aurora-chamber.com address and we’ll get back to you. Some emails have gone through with the down website – but a number of them have been lost.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Member News

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If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention 
 95.9 The River 
 Aaron’s 
 Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel 
 Advance Auto Parts 
 Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. 
 Aurora Bank & Trust 
 Aurora Limousine 
 Aurora University 
 Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston 
 Beans Greens Proteins 
 Caterpillar, Inc. 
 Chicago Steel Hockey Team 
 City Segment 
 ComEd 
 Company 251 
 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics 
 Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora 
 CyrusOne 
 Do or Dye Designs 
 Dolan & Murphy 
 Downtown Auroran Magazine 
 Eagle Digital Marketing 
 Endiro Coffee 
 First Secure Community Bank 
 Gateway Mortgage Group 
 Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava 
 Jiffy Lube Multi-Care 
 Kluber Architects + Engineers  
 Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. 
 Magick Woods, Inc. 
 Magnetrol International, Inc. 
 MedCom Group, LLC 
 Meyer Wealth Advisors 
 Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. 
 Mitutoyo America Corporation 
 Mooney & Thomas P.C. 
 Old Second National Bank 
 OnLight Aurora 
 Painters District Council 30 
 Palo Creative, PLL 
 Paramount Arts Centre 
 Pilmer Real Estate 
 Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center 
 Pure Skin Solutions, LLC 
 R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College 
 Rich Harvest Farms 
 Rush Copley Medical Center 
 S&S Metal Recyclers II 
 Scientel Solutions 
 ServPro of Aurora 
 Sign*A*Rama 
 SmithAmundsen, LLC 
 Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark 
 Stonebridge Country Club 
 Two Brothers Roundhouse 
 Valley Fastener Group, LLC 
 VivirMED, LLC 
 The Voice 
 Waubonsee Community College 
 Weldstar Company 
 Woodforest National Bank 
 World Finance Corporation 
 WSPY 

New Members

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Calendar of Events

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off

Friday, March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Business Before Hours: Alden Gardens of Waterford

Wednesday, March, 7, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

1955 Randi Drive, Aurora

Grand Re-Opening New Location: Legacy Nutrition & Fitness

Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

77 S. River Street, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

State of the Village: North Aurora

Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.

For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.

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400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
A proposal that the Chamber opposed last year has been reincarnated into another bill.  HB 4293 (Rep. Welch) would impose a massive 400% tax increase on Illinois’ vital financial services.  In today’s interconnected world, billions of dollars travel across the globe in less than seconds.  Welch’s proposal would put Illinois’ vital financial service sector and the tens of thousands of jobs it employs at risk by imposing a new 20% tax on partnerships and S corps engaged in the business of conducting investment management services.
Illinois is home to many investment partnerships. If this tax were adopted, Illinois could likely see part of its financial sector leave for other states where taxes would be far lower. If Illinois taxes on such income were to increase, this form of private investment would shrink, and many Illinois businesses would lose access to capital and expertise. Start-ups continually face shortages of capital, and raising taxes on investment management services provided to Illinois based start-ups would reduce investment options for private companies, innovators and small firms getting off the ground.  Not to mention, the tax will likely be subjected to a constitutional challenge as an improper second income tax, or a tax that violates the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitutional by unreasonably signaling out a particular industry.
For the reasons stated above, the Chamber is opposed to this proposal.  HB 4293 is posted for a committee hearing in the House.

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Seeking to fill more than 350 part-time and seasonal positions, the Fox Valley Park District will host a community job fair on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora).

As one of the area’s largest employers, the park district offers opportunities for teens, students, adults and retirees, with flexible work schedules and a wide range of jobs.

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the job fair and get information about the positions and job requirements. Park District staff will be on hand to answer questions and perform introductory interviews.

Potential job applicants are advised to come prepared by printing out a job application form from the District’s website and bringing the completed form to the job fair. A camp counselor application form is also available for those applying for summer camp jobs.

“The Park District is reaching out so the community is aware of how many job opportunities we’ll have available this summer,” said Lynn Fenton, Superintendent of Human Resources. “The job fair will give potential applicants a complete picture of job descriptions; from there, they can easily apply to the area that suits their skills and interests.

“We are traditionally the first job for many local teens and also offer flexibility for adults who work on a part-time basis. Working at the Park District is fun and rewarding. Benefits also include reduced or free admission to some district programs and facilities.”

Job openings include:

  • Recreation & Community Centers – Seeking staff for camps, child care, birthday parties, dance, theatre, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, playground site supervisors and more.
  • Parks Department – Gardeners, trail rangers, grounds workers, athletic fields and general maintenance workers.
  • Blackberry Farm – Animal caretakers, ride operators, interpreters, guest services, camp counselors, ground maintenance and custodians.
  • Red Oak Nature Center – Naturalists, guest services and camp staff.
  • Aquatics – Life guards, guest services and maintenance – at both Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center.

Potential job applicants should visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org to read job descriptions and acquire more detailed information.

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

To register, each household must set up an account in Foxlink. Once the account is established, there’s no need to visit a facility to register; the upgraded system provides each user with the ability to manage registration and payment info exclusively online.

Registrants can also view and track activity schedules for each family member and access information on rental availability at various facilities and parks.

Fox Valley Park District is offering hundreds of programs and activities for youth, adults and seniors, ranging from sports to nature programs to performing arts and expanded offerings of health, wellness and fitness programs. For a complete listing, the Spring 2018 Activity Guide is available at all community centers and accessible online at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

Registration is taken in one of three ways:

  • Foxlink Internet: Allows convenient registration from anywhere, 24/7. Visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org, click the Foxlink tab and establish your household account. Residency status will be verified by Geographic Information Systems – no need to visit a facility to show proof.
  • Mail-in: Fill out a registration form and mail to FVPD, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, IL 60506. Make checks payable to Fox Valley Park District.

For resident families and individuals who are approved for the Park District’s scholarship program, registration is available on Saturday in-person at the community centers and beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Cole Center (101 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora).

Scholarship applications are available here. Approval typically takes 4-6 weeks.

Non-resident registration will begin the following week on Monday, Feb. 19. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by payment.

#AuroraChamber Member Programs Highlight Spring

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of
Election Commission

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Dissolution of Election Commission »
Leadership Academy 2018 Applications Due »
Our Region’s Economic Pulse »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Aurora Chamber Board
Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission

At a special meeting of the Aurora Regional Chamber Board of Directors, the Board voted to support the March 20 referendum for the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission.

The AEC serves the residents of Aurora, excluding the growing portion in DuPage County. Created in 1934, the purpose was to allow the population of Aurora – at the
time, entirely in Kane County and estimated at approximately 46,500 – an opportunity to register and to vote locally.

For full statement, visit the Chamber Blog.

Leadership Academy 2018
Applications Due Feb. 22

Aurora Chamber

Our Region’s Economic Pulse

Aurora Chamber

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Feb. 12: Net Neutrality Forum »
Congratulations, Community Foundation, on 70 Years »
Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Gov. Rauner Delivers State of the State Address »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti
Srivastava 
     Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Eola Tennis Academy
Gus Fernandes
2390 S. Eola Road, Aurora
(630) 699-1711
Health Fitness & Dance

Calendar of Events

Cyber Security Luncheon/Panel Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
Valley Industrial Association, 2000 S. Batavia Ave, Ste. 110, Geneva

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Sponsors include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Paramount Theatre

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening New Location: Legacy Nutrition & Fitness
Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
77 S. River Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

State of the Village: North Aurora
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.
For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.

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Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission

Monday, February 5th, 2018

At a special meeting of the Aurora Regional Chamber Board of Directors, the Board voted to support the March 20 referendum for the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission.

The AEC serves the residents of Aurora, excluding the growing portion in DuPage County. Created in 1934, the purpose was to allow the population of Aurora – at the time, entirely in Kane County and estimated at approximately 46,500 – an opportunity to register and to vote locally.

Over the past 10 years, the average cost to maintain and operate the AEC has cost the City of Aurora and its residents more than $700,000 annually. Further, the services only included voter registration, early voting, polling sites, election and election results. Other services – such as vital records, tax payments, and more – were still under the purview of the County. The Board believes that services can be provided by the Kane, Kendall, and Will county clerks at no additional cost.

In a January article in the Daily Herald, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham is quoted as saying, “If the people of Aurora vote this in, we can do it cheaper,” Cunningham said. “The cost to the taxpayers will be reduced. There will be no duplication of basic services. And I don’t think equipment will be a problem. I’m pretty much satisfied that it will not be a big problem to take this on.”

Cunningham has offered to open a satellite office in Aurora which would include all County services, including increased access to the votemobile, a voter outreach program, tax payments, and vital records.

Also in January, Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette expressed confidence in the county being able to handle the additional voters in Kendall County. The Kendall County Board approved a resolution in April 2016 urging the dissolution of the commission.

A recent study found that for the two-year election cycle of 2015-2016, the AEC had a total election budget of $2.29 million dollars for 73 precincts which saw 69,316 votes cast. The cost per vote was $33.04. During the same period, the Kane County Clerk reported a $3.49 million budget for 228 precincts with 298,751 votes cast at a cost per vote of $11.69.

“The Board urges Aurora residents to vote yes to the referendum,” states Joseph Henning, Aurora Chamber president. “The efficiencies to be realized and the elimination of duplicative services were key factors in their decision.”

“While the idea of consolidation of governmental bodies and saving significant money in the process was a significant factor in the decision,” Henning continues, “the Board members were also adamant that the level of access remain at or better than current access available to City residents. It also felt that an increase in voter engagement — including registration and education — should be realized.”

Discussion was held on bringing awareness to the referendum question of “Shall the City Election Law be Rejected?” While this is the legal wording required by State statute, the Board felt the Chamber should play a role in explaining the question to voters to reduce confusion.

Aurora voters are encouraged to visit www.CloseTheCommision.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Closethecommission/ for updates and information.

To check your voter status, visit ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx.

 

ABOUT THE AURORA REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Gov. Rauner Delivers State of the State Address

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

The House and Senate were both in session this week for the first week of the Spring 2018 legislative session.  The week was relatively light with the exception that Gov. Rauner gave his annual state of the state address.

As required by the State Constitution, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State Wednesday to a joint session of the General Assembly. The Governor covered the expected themes including restoring the public trust and growing the economy and jobs.

In his address the Governor continued his push to reform the state’s property tax assessment system, renewed his emphasis for job-creating reforms, and reforming the criminal justice system.  The Aurora Chamber supports movement toward a framework that addresses the state’s fiscal problems as well as its business climate.

When it comes to growing the economy, the Governor proposed reforming the state’s pension systems, controlling spending, investing in job training, and rolling back the recently enact income tax increase. The Governor also stated that he would present a balanced budget during his budget address scheduled for Feb. 14 this year. Pointing to other similarly politically situated states, he encouraged Illinois to follow Rhode Island’s lead on pension reform, California’s lead on term limits, and Massachusetts’ lead on group health plans and workers’ compensation rates.

The Governor further used his time to highlight Illinois’ historic legacy of economic invention, highlighted Illinois’ strengths by noting Illinois graduates 10 percent of the nation’s computer scientists and more engineers than MIT, Stanford, and CalTech combined.

The reactions to the Governor’s speech from the four legislative caucuses fell along party lines. The reaction of Republican leaders was supportive of the Governor’s call for cooperation and his ideas to promote growth in the state’s economy. The Democratic leaders took issue with many of the activities the Governor claimed as accomplishments arguing others had done them and noting that he hasn’t introduced a truly balanced budget since he’s been in office. Speaker Madigan suggested the Governor should continue to sit on the sidelines and pretend he’s not in charge (referring to a comment the Governor himself made several weeks ago) while legislators continue to work together. Senate President Cullerton questioned the sincerity of the Governor’s calls for bipartisan cooperation after three years of political attacks.

Both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week (Feb. 6-8).  Below is a snapshot of bills in committee that may be of importance to the business community.

House Revenue & Finance (CAP 118, 2/6/18)

  • HB 4220 (Bourne) allows the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to certify 25 additional Enterprise Zones.
  • HB 4269 (Olsen) provides that a proof of purchase receipt issued by a retailer for motor fuel shall contain the pre-tax sale price of a gallon of motor fuel in addition to an itemized publication of any local, State, or federal tax imposed on the motor fuel.

Senate Public Health (CAP 400, 2/6/18)

  • SB 2332 (Morrison) raises the age for whom tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products may be sold to and possessed by from at least 18 years of age to at least 21 years of age.
  • SB 2334 (Murphy) Provides that a hospital shall maintain a metal detector at each point of entry into the hospital. Provides that a hospital shall ensure that all members of the public, other than the employees of the hospital who display proper credentials, who enter the hospital at a point of entry are subjected to screening by a metal detector.

Senate Executive (CAP 212, 2/7/18)

  • SB 336 (Harmon) amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to include in the definition of “debilitating medical condition” any other medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care. Provides that an individual whose initial application is submitted as an alternative to opioid treatment may qualify for medical cannabis.