COMMITTEE ACTION RESUMES NEXT WEEK
The Illinois General Assembly will return to the Capitol next week to continue considering bills in committees. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in session next Tuesday-Thursday. No legislation has surfaced as yet regarding another fix to the new evidence-based funding formula. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) last week stated that an additional technical change must be made to the formula before any of the new school funds can be distributed.
BILL ACTION FROM THIS WEEK
- HB 1262 (Currie, D-Chicago) provides that a School Code mandate waiver request regarding tax rates, funds, or transfers shall not be reviewed by the panel of General Assembly members, but shall be submitted to the full General Assembly for consideration. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
- HB 3792 (Lilly, D-Chicago) provides that students, beginning in 6th grade, should be introduced to developing and applying work ethic in a variety of contexts. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
- HB 4242 (McSweeney, R-Cary) requires schools to report employee and contractor severance agreements on the school website no more than 72 hours from payment and to report in the newspaper for seven days when the employee or contractor has been accused of sexual harassment. The report must contain the name, amount of payment, and state that the person has been accused of sexual harassment. The bill was approved by the House Cities and Villages Committee and was sent to the House floor for further consideration.
- SB 444 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) makes technical corrections to the evidence-based funding legislation. The Amendatory Veto was overridden by both chambers and the bill is now Public Act 100-0578, effective immediately.
- SB 863 (Bertino-Tarrant, D-Plainfield) allows for the issuance of a Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field or school support personnel area to an applicant who has not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education if he or she provides evidence of completing a comparable state-approved educator preparation program, as defined by the State Superintendent of Education. The Senate concurred in the House amendment and the bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
- SB 2236 (Bertino-Tarrant) amends the Invest in Kids Act to provide that no income tax credits for private school tuition may be awarded for any taxable year for which the minimum statutory funding level is not met for public schools. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
- SB 2260 (Tracy, R-Quincy) provides that, in Fiscal Year 2018, each school district having Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund (CPPRT) receipts totaling 13% or more of its total revenues in Fiscal Year 2016 shall receive an additional amount equal to 11% of the total amount distributed to the school district from the CPPRT fund. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
BILLS SCHEDULED FOR COMMITTEE NEXT WEEK
SENATE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 6, 1:30 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol
- SB 2332 (Morrison, D-Deerfield) raises the age from 18 to 21 years for any person to legally possess or sell tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 6, 2:30 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol
- SB 2246 (Rezin, R-Morris) provides that township land commissioners or trustees of schools that have title to any school real estate or lands may authorize by resolution the sale of common school lands to a government entity if two-thirds of the township land commissioners or trustees of schools approve the resolution.
HOUSE HEALTH & HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 6, 3:30 p.m., Room 115, State Capitol
- HB 3208 (Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago) raises the age from 18 to 21 years for any person to legally possess or sell tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products.
- HB 4297 (Lilly, D-Chicago) raises the age from 18 to 21 years for any person to legally possess or sell tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products.
HOUSE REVENUE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 6, 3:30 p.m., Room 118, State Capitol
- HB 287 (Olsen, R-Downers Grove) requires property tax bills to include the amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pay its employees’ contributions to a public pension fund and requires the taxing district to certify the amount to the county clerk by the last Tuesday in December.
- HB 681 (Olsen) allows a taxpayer’s income to be reduced by any amounts paid in Medicare premiums for calculating the Senior Citizens Assessment freeze Homestead Exemption.
- HB 4227 (Sosnowski, R-Rockford), under the Invest in Kids Act, provides that the term “qualified school” also means a non-public school that has been registered with the ISBE for at least one year and is currently seeking the status of “Non-public School Recognition”.
- HB 4276 (Ford, D-Chicago), under the Invest in Kids Act, provides that the term “qualified school” means a non-public school located in Illinois that is registered with the ISBE before June 30, 2018 or is recognized as a qualified non-public school by ISBE.
HOUSE ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION: LICENSING, ADMINISTRATION & OVERSIGHT
Wednesday, February 7, 9:00 a.m., Room 115, State Capitol
- HB 4167 (Parkhurst, R-Kankakee) allows a student who is enrolled in an educator preparation program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and has earned at least 90 credit hours at that institution to apply for a Substitute Teaching License.
- HB 4235 (Pritchard, R-Sycamore) provides that a waiver or modification of a mandate may not be requested from the section in the School Code governing tuition for non-resident pupils unless the area surrounding the school district requesting the waiver qualifies as a designated teacher shortage area.
- HB 4280 (Pritchard) requires the ISBE to establish and maintain the Growing Future Educators Program which will train high school graduates who at one time have been identified as English learners and who are enrolled in an approved educator preparation program, among other qualifications, to become secondary language educators.
HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 9:00 a.m., Room 122B, State Capitol
- HB 2617 (Gabel, D-Evanston) requires employee insurance policies to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services.
HOUSE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 a.m., Room 115, State Capitol
- HB 4298 (Sosnowski), for local government notices that are required to be published in a newspaper, allows units of local government to publish them on their website in lieu of the newspaper with certain conditions concerning availability and format of the notice and webpage.
HOUSE ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION: SCHOOL CURRICULUM & POLICIES COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 a.m., Room C-1, Stratton Building
- HB 4193 (Parkhurst), for special education impartial due process hearings, changes when the hearing officer must issue his or her written decision from within 10 days to within 10 business days after the hearing.
- HB 4205 (Ford) requires schools to connect at-risk students in need of behavioral health support and all students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to either community-based or in-school behavioral health support.
SENATE LICENSED ACTIVITIES AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 1:00 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol
- SB 2307 (Morrison) provides that "salary" does not include amounts associated with a vehicle allowance payable to a teacher.
SENATE INSURANCE COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol
- SB 2316 (Murphy, D-Elk Grove Village) requires employee insurance policies to provide coverage for hippotherapy and other forms of therapeutic riding.
- HB 1277 (Conroy, D-Villa Park) requires school district policies to provide coverage for treatment of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiactric syndrome including intravenous immunoglobulin therapy.
SENATE REVENUE COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m., Room 212, State Capitol
- SB 2336 (McConnaughay, R-West Dundee) when changes in assessed value in excess of $100,000 is sought in a property tax objection, requires the objector to send a copy of the complaint to each affected taxing body.