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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


Alliance Legislative Report 98-20

Distributed via Email: June 3, 2013

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED FRIDAY NIGHT

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring legislative session Friday evening with the House of Representatives completing its business about 7:30 and the Senate shutting down about 9:30. As was highlighted in the legislative report transmitted on Friday afternoon, the state budget had already been approved. Bills were passed to allow for concealed carry of firearms and for hydraulic fracturing (“ fracking”). All pension reform proposals were defeated and there were no additional votes taken on expanded gaming or same-sex marriage.

With no legislation on pension reform being approved, there is a good possibility that the legislature will return sometime this summer to again try to address the issue. The Governor has pledged to call a meeting soon with the legislative leaders to discuss pensions.

The legislature is scheduled to return to the Capitol for the Veto Session on October 22-24 and November 5-7.

OTHER LEGISLATIVE ACTION FROM FRIDAY

SB 20 ( Cullerton, D-Chicago) provides numerous “economic development” provisions for the State of Illinois. Included in the bill is a provision that would make statewide farmland assessment changes. In the section defining the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) per acre of farmland that establishes the preceding year’s soil productivity index certified assessed value, adds the term median cropped soil. This added language effectively changes the Farmland Productivity Index soils to 10% of Illinois’ median cropland soil Productivity Index instead of the current limited growth rate of 10% from prior year. It further specifies that in the 2015 tax year the 10% limitation is reduced by $5 per acre, intended to phase in the impact of the change. The bill was approved by both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

SB 923 (Munoz, D-Chicago) allows schools to install cameras on school buses to record images of vehicles that pass the school bus while engaged in receiving or disembarking students.  It requires the municipality and school district to post information regarding this use on their websites. The bill was approved by both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

SB 1329 ( Kotowski, D-Park Ridge) is the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP). It contains provisions to continue to pay the salaries of Regional Superintendents of Schools out of Corporate Personnel Property Replacement Tax (CPPRT) funds. In fact, it removes any expiration dates on the provision so that this is a permanent adjustment. The bill also allows CPPRT funds to be spent for stipends, salary, and additional compensation for chief election clerks, county clerks, county recorders, and the Educational Labor Relations Board. The bill was approved by both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

SB 1884 (Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights) provides that money deposited into the School Infrastructure fund from the Riverboat Gambling Act will be applied as provided in the School Construction Law. It requires that the proceeds going to the Capital Development Board be disbursed in amounts equal to 20% to the Chicago Board of Education and the remaining 80% to all other schools under the provisions of the School Construction Grant program. The bill provides for the transfer of $92 million from the State Gaming Fund to the School Infrastructure Fund on July 1, 2013 and going forward directs $5.5 million to be transferred monthly.  The bill was approved by both chambers and the bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

SJR 32 ( Manar, D-Bunker Hill) establishes an Advisory Committee on Education funding. The resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives. The Senate had approved the resolution earlier in the month.

HB 183 (Phelps, D-Harrisburg) allows for the concealed carry of firearms with specified restrictions. The bill specifically prohibits such concealed carry in “any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school”. It also contains a provision that states that it is the duty of the principal to report to the Department of State Police “when a student is determined to pose a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others, within 24 hours of the determination”. The bill was approved by both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

HB 192 (Jackson, D-East St. Louis) allows Township High School District 113 to issue bonds that become due within 25 (instead of 40) years. The bill was approved by both chambers and the bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

This legislative report is written and edited by the lobbyists of the Illinois Association of School Boards to provide information to the members of the organizations that comprise the Statewide School Management Alliance.

Bill Text/Status: Illinois General Assembly www.ilga.gov


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