Legislative Bill Tracking Latest Update April 12, 2019
Legislative Session News ... April 12, 2019 Update
(Fair Tax for Illinois ... Governor's Plan Announced)
(Minimum Wage Bill Signed by Governor)
(2019 Prevailing Wage UPDATE)
United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) tracks legislation pending before the Illinois General Assembly that is of interest to county government. Access to currently proposed legislation being tracked is available through the reports listed below. A schedule, by date, of those pieces of legislation being tracked by UCCI that are currently set for committee hearing is provided for your review and information, as well as, a listing of all bills that have passed both chambers.
LEGISLATIVE SESSION NEWS ... April 12, 2019 Update
Members of both the House and Senate departed Springfield on Friday, April 12th, for their scheduled two-week spring break. Both chambers will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 30th.
With only one month remaining, when lawmakers return to Springfield after spring break, May deadline dates to watch include May 10th (House bills out of Senate Committees; Senate bills out of House Committees); and, May 24th (House bills out of the Senate; Senate bills out of the House).
Scheduled adjournment date for both chambers is May 31st.
Legislation introduced in the 101st Illinois General Assembly that is of interest to units of local government is tracked and updated on a regular basis by UCCI. A listing of both House and Senate bills is available in the Legislative Tracking section above, as well as a schedule, by date, of UCCI tracked legislation currently set for committee hearing.
See the 2019 Session Calendars above for a complete listing of both the House and Senate Spring Session events.
SENATE 2019 Session Calendar HOUSE 2019 Session Calendar
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES GRADUATED INCOME TAX PLAN
Governor Pritzker estimates his plan for a state graduated income tax would raise additional revenues of $3.4 billion per year. The Governor's tax plan would slightly lower the tax rate on income levels under $100,000, income levels between $100,000 and $250,000 would remain at the current tax rate of 4.95%, while rate increases ranging from 7.75% to 7.95% would apply to income levels over $250,000.
However, moving Illinois to a graduated income tax would require an amendment to the Illinois State Constitution, since currently anything other than a non-graduated income tax is banned by the Constitution. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate would have to approve by a super-majority the proposed language change; and, only then would the question be submitted to the voters. For the constitutional change to become law would require voter approval in one of two ways, either a majority of all ballots cast or three-fifths of the votes on the specific amendatory language.
While Senator Don Harmon has already introduced legislation to change the state income tax to a graduated rate (SJRCA1), and it remains to be seen what the final language will be, the debate surrounding a change to a graduated income tax is just getting underway.
"Fair Tax for Illinois" ... more on the Governor's plan here.
Illinois Constitution, Section 2 ... Amendments by General Assembly can be viewed via this link.
Minimum Wage Bill (SB1) Signed by Governor .. Public Act 101-0001
Senate Bill 1, which increases the minimum wage across the State of Illinois to $15 per hour by 2025, sent to the Governor's desk just last Friday, was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Tuesday, one day before he delivers his Budget Address scheduled at noon on February 20th.
Illinois law now provides that the minimum wage will increase gradually to $15 by 2025, with the first increase from $8.25 to $9.25 going into effect on January 1, 2020. On July 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00, followed by one-dollar increases on January 1st each year until it hits $15 in 2025.
Illinois now joins New Jersey, California, New York, Massachusetts and Washington D.C. in phasing in a $15.00 minimum wage.
2019 State of Illinois Revises Prevailing Wage Rates UPDATE
Counties will note that, in many cases, there were updated prevailing wage rates in 2019, which should be updated and posted by each county affected.
All prevailing wage information can be found on the Illinois Department of Labor’s website. https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Pages/prevailing-wage-act.aspx.
You will note on the Department of Labor's website, how they post the prevailing wage rates has changed from fixed text on a page to an interactive table.
A brief summary on the 'Changes to the Prevailing Wage Law' impacting units of local government, provided by the Illinois Department of Labor is available here. Public Act 100-1177 (SB203) passed in the Fall Session of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.
Illinois Noxious Weed Law
A topic of discussion at the upcoming January 28, 2019 UCCI Membership meeting will be the Illinois Noxious Weed Law, Administrative Provisions and Forms. In anticipation of that discussion, we are pleased to provide for your review the following references/information:
White House Conference with State & Local Leaders - September 12-13, 2018
On Thursday, September 13th, state and local leaders from across Illinois attended a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. This conference was designed to allow attendees to hear and discuss pertinent issues impacting the State of Illinois with key administration officials and policymakers. An unannounced appearance of Vice President Mike Pence capped off a productive and enjoyable event.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) also hosted a reception on the evening of September 12th for conference attendees. This event included dinner-beverages and a brief one-hour overview and prep session for the Illinois attendees participating in the September 13th conference.
Attendees also had the opportunity to tour the White House on the morning of September 13th, prior to the early afternoon start of the conference.
SCOTUS Rules Against Unions ... Janus vs AFSCME Council 31
On June 27th, in a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court dealt a major blow to labor unions. In a landmark decision, the high court ruled that non-members cannot be forced, in certain states, to pay fees to unions representing public employees.
The case, challenging the constitutionality of fair share union fees, was brought by Illinois state worker Mark Janus. Plaintiff argued, and the Court agreed, that forcing workers to subsidize unions through mandatory fees violated government workers' First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.
Government workers will now be able to choose whether they want to financially support their unions.
Anticipated FOIA requests due to SCOTUS decision ... UCCI has recently received reports from membership that outside entities, separate and apart from their respective counties, have provided input on the handling of FOIA requests that are anticipated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus versus AFSCME Council 31.
In order to help membership comply with the requirements of this anticipated FOIA request, or any FOIA request, UCCI would like to provide the following general principles of FOIA.
CLICK HERE for Brief Refresher on FOIA Requirements.
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