March 11, 2022

This summary lists the bills that were passed by Senate Committees during the week of March 7-11, 2022. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/.

Appropriations

UI Deficit (SB 2803): Appropriates $2 billion to the Illinois Department of Employment Security from the State Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Fund for partial repayment to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

Executive

Wine Manufacturer Fees (SB 1001): Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Reverts the licensing fees for first-class wine manufacturers and first-class wine makers to the fee structure prior to the passage of HB 2620/PA102-0442 last spring. Lowers the initial licensing fee from $1,500 to $900, and the renewal fee from $1,200 to $750.

Health

Sexual Assault Treatment (SB 970): Amends various definitions in the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act to ensure that health care facilities have a sexual assault treatment plan to provide forensic services to:

  • Pediatrics who present with a complaint of sexual assault within a minimum of 96 hours (instead of the last seven days) or who have disclosed past sexual assault by a specific individual and were in the care of that individual within a minimum of 96 hours (instead of the last seven days); and
  • Sexual assault survivors between the ages of 13 and 18 who present with a complaint of sexual assault within a minimum of the last seven days or who have disclosed past sexual assault by a specific individual and were in the care of that individual within a minimum of the last seven days.

Modifies language to ensure that Edwardsville pediatrics are able to be treated in St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Lead Poisoning Prevention (HB 4369): Amends the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health or its delegate agency shall (rather than may) conduct a follow-up inspection of any dwelling unit for which a mitigation notice was issued.

Judiciary

Condo Reserve Studies (HB 4158): Amends the Common Interest Community Association Act and the Condominium Property Act to require an association's board of managers or board of directors to maintain a record of any reserve study. A reserve study is a long-range capital planning tool that helps boards anticipate and prepare for the repair and replacement of their community’s common assets. Changes the repeal date of the Common Interest Community Association Act to January 1, 2024 (currently, July 1, 2022). Changes the repeal date of the Common Interest Community Ombudsperson Act to January 1, 2024 (currently, July 1, 2022).

Power of Attorney: (HB 5047):  Amends the Powers Of Attorney For Health Care Article of the Illinois Power of Attorney Act to allow an agent to present an electronic device displaying an electronic copy of an executed form as proof of the health care agency. If the principal has authorized the agent to present the statutory short form electronically, an attending physician, emergency medical services personnel, or health care provider shall not refuse to give effect to a health care agency if the agent presents an electronic device displaying an electronic copy of an executed form as proof of the health care agency. Requires any person or entity that provides a statutory short form to the public to post information on its Web site regarding the changes made by the amendatory Act for a period of two years.

Pensions

Pension Early Buyout (HB 4292): Amends the General Obligation Bond Ac to Authorize an additional $1,000,000,000 of State Pension Obligation Acceleration Bonds to be used for funding the State Employees, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers early buyout program. Amends the State Employees, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to extend the option for a participant to receive an accelerated pension benefit payment in lieu of any pension benefit or for a reduction in the increases to his or her annual retirement annuity and survivor's annuity to June 30, 2026 (instead of June 30, 2024).

Revenue

College Tuition Tax Credit (SB 1145): Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that starting in 2023, creates a college tuition expense income tax credit up to either:
•          the total amount in qualifying tuition/expenses the taxpayer paid during the tax year at a qualifying university; or
•          $500/$750/$1,000 (depending on the taxpayer's adjusted gross income), whichever is less.

Income Tax Checkoff (HB 4161):  Creates an income tax checkoff for donations to the 100 Club of Illinois, and the tax checkoff program allows Illinois taxpayers to designate whole dollar amounts of $1 or more to the designated charities/causes on their Illinois income tax form for grants to be made to those charities/causes.

 

 

State Government

Italian Heritage Month (HB 4160) – Adds to the State Commemorative Dates Act that October of each year is designated as Italian Heritage Month to be observed throughout the State as to recognize the contributions and influence of Italians on American history, achievement, culture, and innovation.

 

CMS Workers’ Comp Payment Cleanup (HB 4333) – Clarifies that all State entities (currently statute references only State agencies) receiving workers’ compensation services from CMS are required to authorize payments to the Workers’ Compensation Revolving Fund (WCRF) for the cost of workers’ compensation services provided to those entities by CMS.

 

Comptroller Administrative Cleanup (HB 4739) – Provides for the annual Comptroller administrative cleanup bill. Contains the following:

  • Amends procurement code to allow submittal of a quarterly report (instead of each contract) for certain grants
  • Renames a required report to comply with new GASB protocols
  • Moves the deadline for the Acts and Doings Report from 10 days before the beginning of session to a set date (January 7)

Clarifies that the approval of Late Execution Waivers for contracts executed after start date of a project falls under the responsibility of the CPO and eliminates the extra sign off from the Comptroller and Treasurer.