Illinois GA Bills to Watch

The House returned to Springfield Tuesday, Feb. 26, through Thursday, Feb. 28. The Senate was not in session. Both the House and the Senate return for session next week, Tuesday, March 5, through Thursday, March 7.

Capital Bill 

There is still no capital bill, which is a top infrastructure priority. However, the Senate Capital Subcommittees of the Senate Appropriations II and the Senate Transportation Committees are planning subject matter hearings in several communities around Illinois. They are likely to be well attended and Subcommittee staff has asked us to warn attendees that not everyone will get to testify at every hearing. Senate Transportation Chairman Sandoval also asked those who plan to testify to be prepared to discuss revenue, so that is a question that you will want to have prepared an answer for if you plan to testify. Anyone wishing to give their local perspective at one of the below can contact Rebecca Mason.

  • Monday, March 4, in Edwardsville
  • Monday, March 18, in Decatur
  • Monday, April 8, in Peoria
  • Monday, April 22, in Elgin
  • Tuesday, April 16, in Chicago

Employment Law

As many already know, the governor signed a $15 per hour minimum wage increase. However, there are a lot of employment law issues that are out there ranging from workplace mandates to employment discrimination, workers’ compensation, disclosures, and unemployment insurance. We will continue to bring these issues to you as they unfold.

  • HB 2343 (Gordon-Booth) requires all employers, regardless of size, to provide a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave annually to their employees, both full-time and part-time.
  • HB 834 (Moeller) prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer.
  • HB 2565 (Stava-Murray) prohibits covenant not to compete clauses in Illinois.
  • HB 252 (Guzzardi) Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that “employer” includes any person employing one (instead of 15) or more employees within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation.

Energy

 

  • HB 2956 (Davis) would eliminate the exemption set through FEJA for large electricity users (10MW and over) from participating in energy efficiency and demand response programs and charges.
  • HB 2861(Walsh) is a shell bill for capacity auction market reforms.
  • HB 2801 (Welch) and SB 2020 (Steans) require IDCEO, ICC, IPA, and IEPA to design a broad-based policy approach to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2030.
  • HB 2966 (Davis) / SB 1781 (Cunningham) creates a path to 100 Act, increases the renewable procurement goals to 40 percent and makes improvements to existing programs to improve efficiencies. It also includes provisions to encourage procurement of battery storage.
  • SB 2132 (Castro) / HB 3624 (Williams) creates the Clean Jobs Energy Act calling for the state to decarbonize its electricity sector by 2030. It also requires the state to take over capacity markets from PJM, electrify the transportation network and includes numerous job and community programs to promote clean energy.

Taxes

  • HB 2085 (Harris) and SB 1115 (Steans) radically change Illinois’ Income Tax Act by adding unnecessary complexity without a substantial increase in state revenues. The bill would likely result in reduced international investment into the state.
  • HB 2217 (Davis) and SB 1379 (Hutchinson) amends the Illinois Property Tax Code to create a system for mandatory income and expense disclosure for certain taxpayers.The bill imposes severe penalties for the failure to provide the income information demanded, and the timing of the deadline for submission of the information is problematic.
  • HB 270 (Murphy) and SB 2049 (Castro) would change the sourcing of local taxes to a destination-sourcing basis for all sales of tangible personal property made via the Internet, over the phone or in writing and that are delivered. In addition to adding an incredible degree of complication to Illinois internet sales, it could also change how customers who currently come into stores to make purchases may interact with businesses.
  • SB 203 (Hutchinson) creates the Company-Specific Subsidy Interstate Compact. Entering Illinois into the compact where member state agrees to not offer company-specific subsidies for companies currently located in or considering locating in the member state. The compact includes incentives for corporate headquarters, manufacturing facilities, office space, or other real estate developments.
  • HB 2568 (Stava-Murray) creates the Corporate Buyback Tax Act that imposes a tax on the buyback of shares of a publicly held corporation at the rate of 0.25 percent of the purchase price paid by a corporation for the purchase of its own securities. It applies to publicly held corporations with 100 or more employees.

Business Regulation

  • HB 2127 (Mussman) /SB 1326 (Murphy) requires tracking software for any professional services contracts with the state.
  • HB 356 / HB 357 (Hoffman) would require the state to purchase procurement products that are made in Illinois or the USA. While these bills may sound good on paper, they present many challenges, such as higher costs for taxpayers, strained relations with other state and countries, and more risk to Illinois employers who compete on the international market.

Technology

  • HB 3051 (Ammons) would create the App Privacy Protection Act requiring entities that own, control, or operate a web site, online service, or software application to identify in its customer agreements whether third parties collection information from digital devices of Illinois residents.
  • SB 2149 (Hastings) and HB 2736 (Buckner) would create the Right to Know Act. These bills require website operators that collect personal information on Illinois residents (i.e. name, emails, telephone numbers, birthday, IP addresses, etc.) to notify customers on how they use the personal information. Further, this bill would require website operators to answer to customers who want to know the practices of private entities that may be disclosing this information.
  • HB 3200 (Pappas) amends the state’s data breach law by requiring the entity experiencing the breach to notify the customer and the Illinois Attorney General within five days of the breach.
  • HB 2026 (Mussman) / SB 2088 (Fine) creates the Digital Fair Repair Act otherwise known as the Right to Repair. This bill forces original equipment manufacturers to give up sensitive repair and diagnostic documentation to owners of equipment ranging from tablets to tractors.
  • SB 1719 (Castro) creates the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act requiring manufacturers of devices with microphones to receive written consent from users before the microphone can collect audible sounds.

Banking

  • HB 19 (Flowers) creates the Community Bank of Illinois Act that would establish a state-run bank.
  • SB 1500 (Jones) establishes increased foreclosure fees.
  • SB 1636 (Mulroe) provides that a retainage of 10 percent of the payment may be withheld from a payment under a construction contract prior to the completion of 50 percent of the contract. Also provides that after 50 percent of the contract is completed, the amount of retainage for any subsequent payment may not exceed 5 percent.
  • HB 2829 (Stava-Murray) creates the Financial Institution Cybersecurity Act requiring financial institutions in Illinois to maintain a cybersecurity program to protect the confidentiality of their information systems.
  • HB 2825 (Zalewski) creates the regulatory sandbox to enable persons to obtain limited access to the Illinois marketplace in order to test innovations in financial products or services.

Retail

  • HB 1614 (Slaughter) would increase the threshold considered for retail theft as a felony from$500 to $2,000.
  • SB 21 (Morrison) would increase the minimum purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.
  • HB 2947 (Zalewski) amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act providing that subject to certain restrictions, if the IDR may disclose confidential financial information to a municipality or county, then IDR may also disclose that financial information to an independent third party who is authorized in writing by that municipality or county to receive the information.
  • HB 1439 (Feigenholtz) and SB 54 (Harmon) creates a third-party facilitator license for retailers that deliver liquor to homes or designated locations.
  • HB2076 (Villa) would prohibit manufacture, distribution, or use of paper containing bisphenol A (BPA) for the making of business or banking records.

Infrastructure

  • SB 24 (Link) mandates freight train crews must have at least two people.
  • HB 3316 (Connor) / SB 1783 (Hastings) requires drivers delivering aggregate or asphalt to a construction project be paid prevailing wage
  • HJR 8 (Batinick) adds a managed lane to I-55 between I-355 and I-90/94.
  • SB 2006 /SB 2005 (Sandoval) / HB 2823 (Zalewski) increases RTA and CTA bond authority to allow them to provide working cash to offset the impact of state late payments and also allows them to open a line of credit if it makes more financial sense.

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