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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


Alliance Legislative Report 98-27

Distributed via Email: October 21, 2013

LEGISLATURE RETURNS

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week for the fall Veto Session. Though if it would be a true “Veto Session”, it would really be a short week as Governor Pat Quinn only took veto action on a handful of bills from the spring legislative session. Of the ten bills the Governor vetoed, three vetoes have been dealt with. Of the seven bills remaining, three of these were vetoed because similar legislation passed, so only four bills with vetoes will probably be addressed – none having public school implications.

But the legislature has historically raised other issues in the abbreviated fall session (scheduled to meet only for six days) and this year appears to be no exception. Pension reform advocates are calling for a vote on a pension bill, though there is no agreement on a particular proposal and no legislation has been drafted or scheduled for a legislative committee hearing. Same-sex marriage advocates are pushing for a vote on a bill this week and others are trying to revive discussions on limiting the concealed carry of handguns and expanding gaming.

In the never-ending election cycle that is Illinois, petition filing for candidates for House and Senate seats is in December. Many believe that already skittish lawmakers would prefer to push off votes of any controversial issues until after they learn whether or not they have a primary election challenger. If this is the case, expect a lot of blustery talk but few votes in the Veto Session.

The Veto Session is scheduled for October 22-24 and November 5-7.

COMMITTEES SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK

HOUSE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., Room 114, State Capitol
Subject Matter: Mandate Waiver Requests

*Those districts that have mandate waiver requests that have been transferred to the legislature should consider attending the hearing and defending their waiver request.

SB 578 (Dillard, R-Hinsdale) contains the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provisions on updating the teacher/administrator licensure requirements.

SB 1845 ( Mulroe, D-Chicago) allows school social work services to include establishing and delivering anti-bullying programs.

HJR 31 (Chapa La Via, D-Aurora) will contain the mandate waiver request language. ISBE has requested that the physical education request from O’Fallon be denied.

HOUSE REVENUE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., Room 118, State Capitol
Subject Matter: Proposed income tax credits (film tax, digital media, industrial chemicals, EDGE tax credits, possible tax break for ADM)

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Tuesday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol
Subject Matter: Mandate Waiver Requests

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS – ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Wednesday, October 23, 8:30 a.m., Room 118, State Capitol
Subject Matter: Fiscal Year 2014 Supplemental Appropriation

SCHOOL SAFETY SEMINAR

A Behavior Threat Assessment Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 at Heartland Community College in Normal. Four simultaneous training tracks will be led by national trainers provided for officials representing K-12 schools, higher education, government/military, and public/private workplace violence. 

This free conference is hosted by the Illinois School and Campus Security Training Program (SCSTP) and supported by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, Heartland Community College and State Farm Insurance. More information can be found at : http://iema.illinois.gov/iema/training/BehaviorSummit/

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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