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2015 Senate Bills

SB 2 (Kotowski, D., / Steans, H.) -  Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that no transfers may be made from the General Revenue Fund to certain special funds without additional express authority granted on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Provides that the purpose of this Act is to evaluate spending from the General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 2016, in order to determine the impact that transfers to certain Funds supported by set statutory formulas have on the cash flow of the State throughout the course of the State's fiscal year. Provides that beginning on July 1, 2019, all outstanding liabilities, not payable during the 4-month lapse period are limited to only those claims that have been incurred but for which a proper bill or invoice as defined by the State Prompt Payment Act has been received by September 30th following the end of the fiscal year in which the service was rendered. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Assigned to Senate Appropriations II

SB 6 (Steans, H.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that transfers from the Tobacco Settlement Recovery Fund to the Budget Stabilization Fund shall cease upon the first transfer of moneys into the Budget Stabilization Fund under the provisions of the amendatory Act. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides that the Department on Aging and the Departments of Central Management Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Human Services, and Revenue shall annually certify to the State Comptroller the amounts of insufficient appropriations and individual and corporate income tax overpayments that will not be refunded in the current fiscal year. Provides that the State Comptroller shall annually report to the Governor and the General Assembly the amounts certified by the Department on Aging and the Departments of Central Management Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Human Services, and Revenue. Provides for minimum funding levels to be maintained in the Budget Stabilization Fund, and for the transfer of specified amounts to the Budget Stabilization Fund, if minimum funding levels are not maintained. Provides that no further transfers to the Fund shall be made, if the balance of the Budget Stabilization fund equals 5% of the total general funds, and if the Comptroller ceases the order of further funds upon written notice to the specified parties. Provides that the General Assembly may authorize the transfer of additional amounts to the Budget Stabilization Fund after the Governor certifies a shortfall in the moneys otherwise available in the Fund. Provides that required transfers into the Pension Stabilization Fund, shall continue (currently, the transfers end in FY14) and increases the amount of those transfers by 1%. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Assigned to Senate Appropriations I

SB 11 (Lightford, K.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00. Provides that the establishment of a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees is an exclusive power and function of the State and is a denial and limitation of the home rule powers and functions, except that the limitation on home rule powers does not apply to a specified ordinance adopted by the City Council of City of Chicago. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees, calculated based on the increase in the minimum wage. Effective immediately. Passed the Senate on 2/5/2015 with a vote of 35-18-1.

Last Action: 2/9/2015 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 26 (Morrison, J.) - Amends the Local Records Act. When required to publish in a newspaper, requires all units of local government and school boards that maintain a website to additionally publish notices, agendas, records, or other information or material that is required to be published in a newspaper by law or court order to their website.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Assigned to Senate Local Government

SB 35 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Provides that, if manufacturers meet their recycling goals prior to the end of the year and recyclers no longer pick up CEDs and EEDs without charge, municipalities, townships, and other units of local government that are acting as collectors shall be allowed to collect a fee from consumers who drop off CEDs and EEDs for recycling. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Senate Postponed - Environment and Conservation

SB 37 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that, in the 4 weeks before an election, any candidate for public office is entitled to 120 minutes of air time at no cost, available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., during any public, education, or government access programming aired in the jurisdiction that the candidate seeks to represent. Provides that the Illinois State Board of Elections shall adopt rules to enforce those provisions. Provides that the rules shall be made public and posted on the Illinois State Board of Elections' website. Provides that each cable operator shall publish rules of access and post them on its website Effective on January 1, 2016.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Election Law

SB 39 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Department of Labor shall administer this Act. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Labor Committee

SB 53 (Morrison, J.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the definition of "Department" means the Illinois Department of Human Services (instead of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services) for day care centers, part day child care facilities, day care homes, group day care homes, and day care agencies. Effective July 15, 2015.

Last Action: 3/4/2014 Senate Postponed - Human Services; Human Services Subcommittee on Issues Relating to the Department of Children and Family Services

SB 70 (McCann, W.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Requires every low-speed electric bicycle to at all times be equipped with a lamp visible from the front. Requires every moped to be equipped with a lamp. Requires every motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, moped, and low-speed electric bicycle to at all times have at least one lighted lamp when operating on a highway in this State.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 102 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the General Assembly Operations Act. Provides that if a bill or other legislative measure is sponsored or co-sponsored by a majority of the members elected to the chamber in which the bill or other legislative measure then resides, then that bill or other legislative measure must be referred by the appropriate committee of that chamber to a standing committee and a vote on that bill or other legislative measure must be taken by that standing committee within 6 session days or before any committee action or floor action deadline that has been imposed in that chamber, whichever is sooner.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 103 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that in all counties (now, in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants), the county board may by resolution provide that if a person has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption, the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue

SB 104 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For participants who first become participants on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, prohibits (i) payments for unused sick or vacation time from being used to calculate pensionable earnings and salary and (ii) unused sick or vacation time from being used to establish service credit. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/19/2105 Sente to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues

SB 105 (Jones, III, E.) - Appropriates $300,000,000 in FY 15 supplemental funding from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for the Child Care Services program. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 107 (Link, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that accessibility improvements made to residential property shall not increase the assessed valuation of the property. Provides that the term "accessibility improvement" means a modification or addition to residential property that is designed to make the property more accessible to a disabled person, including, but not limited to, the installation of ramps, lifts, or fixtures or the removal of architectural barriers on the property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Placed on Senate Calendar 2nd Reading

SB 110 (Jones, III, E.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Prohibits an individual or entity registered under the Act from intimidating another individual or entity registered under the Act. Sets forth a list of actions that constitute intimidation against an individual or entity registered under the Act. Provides that any individual or entity registered under the Act that violates the provisions of the amendatory Act shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not more than $10,000 for each violation.

Last Action: 1/28/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 116 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Special Service Area Tax Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a county or a municipality may establish a green special service area. Provides that those green special service areas shall include only property for which each owner of record has executed a contract or agreement with the county or municipality consenting to the inclusion of the property within the green special service area. Provides that counties and municipalities may levy property taxes in connection with green special service areas. Provides that counties and municipalities may issue bonds in connection with green special service areas and may sell, assign, or pledge those bonds to the Illinois Finance Authority. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code to provide that each county or municipality shall have the power and authority to engage in specified activities that relate to green special service areas. Amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Provides that the Illinois Finance Authority has the power to purchase special service area bonds and to accept assignments or pledges, or both, of special service area bonds or agreements relating to green special service area projects. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Assigned to Senate Local Government

SB 273 (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the Senate with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 2/9/2015 Referred to House Rules Committee

SB 274 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the revolving door prohibition.

Last Action: 3/4/2015 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

SB 652 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Removes a provision requiring taxpayers who have been granted a disabled veterans standard homestead exemption to reapply on an annual basis. Effective January 1, 2016.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue Committee

SB 656 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2015 and through taxable year 2017, the total amount due on each property tax bill in each taxable year may not exceed the total amount due for that property in taxable year 2014. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue Committee

SB 663 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that public bodies may hold closed meetings to consider building safety and security.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Assigned to Senate Local Government

SB 666 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires the township assessor or chief county assessment officer in a county with a population of more than 300,000 but less than 3,000,000 inhabitants to deliver to each person who makes a request a description or statement of any property assessed in that person's name or in which he or she holds ownership interest and the valuation placed on that property. Provides that the statement shall include a description of the method by which the assessment was derived. Provides that, in lieu of this statement, the assessor may include the equalization factors applied to the property and an explanation of how equalization affects the assessment. Requires continuing education for certain assessment officials. Provides that the county board may determine additional qualifications for board of review members above and beyond the statutory requirements. Provides that township assessors shall inform the supervisor of assessments of the type of software or other method by which assessments are conducted in the township. Requires assessors to maintain a list of all properties where the equalized assessed value has increased by more than 15% over the equalized assessed value of that property in the previous assessment year. Provides that the list shall be transmitted to the chief county assessment officer with the assessment books for that taxable year. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 669 (Cullerton, T.) - ?Amends the Election Code and the School Code. Changes the election of members of a board of school directors, board of education, or board of school inspectors from the consolidated election to the general election. Makes related changes.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Executive

SB 670 (Connely, M.) - Amends Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that a secretary, assistant, or one of like position to a person who formulates, determines, and effectuates labor relations policy is presumed to be a "confidential employee". Provides that the following is considered to be a person who formulates, determines, and effectuates labor relations policy under the Act: (i) the mayor, village president, county board president, county board chairman, or other chief executive officer of a unit of local government, and (ii) any village or city manager or village or city administrator, or anyone in a like position in any unit of local government. Limits the provisions of the amendatory Act to a county with a population of more than 500,000 and municipalities that lie in whole or in part within such a county. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 681 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Illinois Exotic Weed Act. Adds exotic bush honeysuckles (Lonicera maackii, Lonicera tatarica, Lonicera morrowii, and Lonicera fragrantissima), exotic olives (Elaeagnus umbellata, Elaeagnus pungens, Elaeagnus angustifolia), salt cedar (all members of the Tamarix genus), poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), and lesser celandine (Ficaria verna), teasel (all members of the Dipsacus genus), and Japanese, giant, and Bohemian knotweed (Fallopia japonica, syn. Polygonum cuspidatum; Fallopia sachalinensis; and Fallopia x bohemica, resp.) to designated exotic weeds.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Environment and Conservation

SB 685 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Eliminates provision that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on any real property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Firearms

SB 686 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Eliminates provision that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm into any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Firearms

SB 687 (McCarter, K.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Eliminates provision that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on any bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Firearms

SB 690 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for assessment years following the next general assessment after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no increase in assessment may exceed 2% per year. Provides exceptions for the valuation of property that is sold, transferred, or conveyed during the taxable year and for new improvements.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue Committee

SB 700 (Syverson, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Requires each public official who, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, is elected or appointed to office to complete an 8-hour continuing education program established by Econ Illinois-Illinois Council on Economic Education and approved by the Illinois Community College Board within 2 years after the date he or she is first elected or appointed and every 2 years thereafter for as long as he or she remains a public official. Authorizes a fine to be levied against a public official who fails to timely complete the continuing education requirement. Prohibits a public official from being elected or appointed to public office if he or she fails to timely pay the fine and complete the required continuing education.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 713 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Deletes provisions regarding investigatory hearings by the Department of Labor regarding new wage classifications. Requires the creation of any new prevailing wage classification to be promulgated by administrative rule by the Department of Labor in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Assigned to Senate Labor Committee

SB 714 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a prevailing wage determined at the time of bid submission shall continue for the duration of the contract.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Assigned to Senate Labor Committee

SB 741 (Haine, W.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is (i) located within a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants and (ii) used for a petroleum refinery may be the subject of a real property tax assessment settlement agreement if litigation is or was pending as to its assessed valuation as of January 1, 2003 or thereafter. Provides that wind turbines and ethanol producing facilities shall not be considered pollution control facilities. Makes changes concerning the valuation of pollution control facilities. Provides that the effective date of a certificate for designation as a pollution control facility shall be January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued (instead of the date of application for the certificate or the date of the construction of the facility, whichever is later).

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Revenue

SB 754 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that a person required to register under the Act must include in his or her report a description of (i) any business relationship that the registrant has with a State official, and (ii) any familial relationship with a State official that is known to the registrant. Defines "familial relationship".

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 755 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Requires all persons who must file a statement of economic interests to disclose the name of any immediate family member who is a registered lobbyist. Defines "immediate family member" as a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 756 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Requires lobbyists to file with the Secretary of State a written statement that describes the procedures that the lobbyist and lobbyist's client will follow if the lobbyist or client determines that the lobbyist's representation of the client creates a conflict of interest. Prohibits a lobbyist from representing a client if the representation involves a conflict of interest, unless otherwise provided in the agreement between the lobbyist and the party he or she represents.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 758 (LaHood, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that no legislator may negotiate for employment with a lobbying entity that engages in lobbying with members of the General Assembly during the legislator's term of office. Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that a member may not, within a period of one year immediately after termination of the member's most recent term of office, engage in lobbying with members of the General Assembly, if the member accepts compensation specifically attributable to that lobbying.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Sent to Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations

SB 759 (Morrison, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Eliminates the requirement that a voter declare party affiliation when voting at a primary election. Provides that the voter shall receive the primary ballot of each of the established political parties nominating candidates for office at the primary election but may cast a ballot of only one political party, except in certain cases involving statewide political parties and political parties established only within a political subdivision. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 762 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Provides that a local public entity is not liable for damages to property caused by climate-related events, flooding, or the design, construction, or improvement of infrastructure intended to mitigate climate-related events or flooding.

Last Action: 2/18/2014 Senate Postponed - Judiciary

SB 763 (Sandoval, M. ) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that certain firefighters who participate in IMRF may be granted Sheriff's Law Enforcement Employee (SLEP) status with the approval of the employing municipality. The approval resolution may specify that SLEP status shall be applied retroactively to employment occurring on or after January 1, 2011. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/19/2015 Senate Postponed - Licensed Activities and Pensions

SB 764 (Mulroe, J.) - Amends the Counties Code. Requires each county sheriff to ensure that his or her office, in accordance with the requirements of the Automated External Defibrillator Act, is equipped with an operational and accessible automated external defibrillator and an adequate number of personnel trained to administer the automated external defibrillator. Makes a similar change regarding municipal police departments in the Illinois Municipal Code. Makes conforming changes in the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the Automated External Defibrillator Act.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Senate Postponed - Public Health

SB 778 (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board's concussion and head injury policy must require that a student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game be removed from play at that time. Requires the policy to provide that a student athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the student athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries and the student athlete receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Education

SB 780 (Jones, III, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, when homestead property is sold or transferred, the new owner of the property shall notify the chief county assessment officer of the sale or transfer and, if qualified, shall reapply for the general homestead exemption. Provides that, upon notification or application, the chief county assessment officer shall remove any previously granted homestead exemptions for which the property is no longer eligible. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue Committee

SB 791 (Bush, M.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Allows the board of any forest preserve district to lease all or part of a building used for office or administrative uses and all or part of any other real estate used for parking, access, storage, or other uses that are ancillary to the building's office and administrative uses if the board deems the building or other real estate, in whole or in part, is not then required for the district's purposes. Prohibits any lease from exceeding 40 years in duration. Effective Immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Assigned to Seante Local Government

SB 792 (Bush, M.) - Amends the truth in taxation Division of the Property Tax Code. Provides that if a taxing district maintains a website, the truth in taxation notice shall be published on the website in addition to a newspaper of general circulation.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Revenue

SB 816 (Cullerton, T.) - Amends the Water Commission Act of 1985. Deletes a section allowing cessation of a water commission by annexation or consolidation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Assigned to Senate Local Government

SB 820 (Link, T.) - Appropriates $1,500,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for grants to the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition. Effective July 1, 2015.

Last Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 821 (Link, T.) - Amends the Illinois Youthbuild Act. Directs the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Human Services (instead of only the Secretary of Human Services) to make grants to applicants for the purpose of carrying out Youthbuild programs. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/4/2015 Senate Postponed - Human Services

SB 857 (McConnaughay, K.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) contact information for elected and appointed officials; (2) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings; (3) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district; and (4) public notices. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 858 (McConnaughay, K.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) annual budget; (2) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates; (3) financial reports and audits; (4) information concerning employee compensation; (5) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district; (6) a debt disclosure report; and (7) a pension liability debt disclosure report. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 859 (McConnaughay, K.) - Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that a unit of local government or a school district located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more shall have a website containing the following information for the current calendar year: (1) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances; (2) contracts with lobbying firms; (3) rules governing the award of contracts; (4) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more; (5) campaign contributions made by a vendor; and (6) all vendor disclosures of relationships to any employee of that unit of local government or school district. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 874 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the issuance of tax deeds, provides that the court shall insist on substantial compliance with provisions of the Code concerning notices of sale and redemption rights. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/4/2015 Senate Postponed - Judiciary

SB 1207 (Cullerton, T.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation Act. Contains only a short title provision.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1238 (Harris, III, N.) - Creates the Illinois Family Care Provider Act. Provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period for one or more of these purposes: the birth or adoption of a grandchild in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; because of the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or in order for the employee to care for a grandchild if such grandchild has a serious health condition or the employee to care for a grandparent if such grandparent has a serious health condition. Contains provisions concerning notification and certification. Authorizes an employee to file a civil action for enforcement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1250 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates the Community Stabilization Assessment Freeze Pilot Program. Provides that any the chief county assessment officer in any county may reduce the assessed value of certain improvements to residential real property for 10 taxable years after the improvements are put in service if certain conditions are met. Provides that the reduction in the equalized assessed value of the improvements is calculated as follows: (1) an amount equal to 90% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the first 7 years after the improvements are placed in service; (2) an amount equal to 65% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the eighth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service; and (3) an amount equal to 35% of the difference between the base year equalized assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of the improvements in the current taxable year for the ninth taxable year after the improvements are placed in service. Effective January 1, 2016.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1260 (Noland, M.) - Amends the State Budget Law of the Civil Administration Code of Illinois. Provides that certain amounts shall be transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Common School Fund. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the income tax rates on individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations shall be 5%. Increases the residential real property tax credit from to 10%. Increases the limitation on the education expense credit. Increases the percentage of the earned income tax credit. Makes changes concerning distributions to the Local Government Distributive Fund. Amends the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that certain services are taxable under the Act. Amends the School Code. Creates the Education Financial Award System Fund, the Digital Learning Technology Grant Fund, and the STEM Education Center Grant Fund. Makes changes concerning the Early Childhood Education Block Grant; financial awards for school improvement and other awards; academic early warning and watch status; an educational improvement plan; the creation of the Digital Learning Technology Grant Program, a best practices clearinghouse, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Center Grant Program, and a resource management service; audits; school board member leadership training; a school district's school report card; financial policies and plans; a capital improvement plan; protection from suit; financial accountability; non-referendum bonds; the foundation level of support under the State aid formula; the New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program; school board associations; and transportation reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1264 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, if a deviation from the requirements for petitions under this Code is minor or technical in nature and does not (1) defeat the thrust, purpose, and effect of the Code or affect the intent to guarantee a fair and honest election or (2) prejudice public interests, the defect in the petitions shall not render the petition invalid. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Election Law

SB 1271 (McGuire, P.) - Amends the Park District Code, the Conservation District Act, and the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Increases the amount of contracts requiring competitive bidding for supplies, materials, and work from $20,000 to $25,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1272 (Munoz, A.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act applies to work involving the testing of materials and the operation of survey equipment.

Last Action: 2/17/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1290 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the provisions of a section relating to erroneous homestead exemptions applies to all counties (currently, only counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants).

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Revenue

SB 1294 (Link, T.) - Amends the Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Increases the tax multiplier through the year 2022. Beginning in the year 2023, eliminates the multiplier and provides for the annual required contribution and tax levy to be a sum that, when added to the amounts deducted from the salaries of employees or otherwise contributed by them and revenues from other sources, will equal a sum sufficient to meet the annual actuarial requirements of the pension fund as determined by a qualified actuary retained by the pension fund. Defines the annual actuarial requirements of the pension fund to be (1) the normal cost of the pension fund, plus (2) the annual amount necessary to amortize the fund's unfunded accrued liabilities over a period of 30 years from the effective date of the evaluation. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1324 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Defines "compensatory damages" and "actual damages" as the sum of economic and non-economic damages. Provides that any individual, contractor, or subcontractor who has been aggrieved by a filed false complaint may institute a civil action for damages, including, but not limited to, compensatory damages, legal fees, administrative fees, penalties assessed by the Department of Labor pursuant to the complaint, injunctive relief, and other appropriate equitable relief. Provides that no public body, including a home rule unit, is authorized to use as a basis for denying a contract to a contractor or subcontractor any complaint filed with the Department or any determination by the Department that the contractor or subcontractor has committed a violation under this Act, unless the contractor or subcontractor is debarred at the time of the bid. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1325 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides a process for investigation into violations of the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the process starts with a complaint to be filed within 30 days of the alleged violation. Provides a $5,000 fine for knowingly filing a false complaint or a record or statement material to a false or fraudulent complaint. Provides a procedure for a response from a contractor or subcontractor. Provides a procedure for the Director of Labor in issuing a decision. Allows a party to request a hearing within 15 days of receiving notice of the Director's decision. Provides that a final order issued by the Director of Labor in relation to this investigation process is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1326 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Requires an arbitration panel to fully consider the statutory factors upon which it must base its findings, opinions, and orders during the dispute of a new or amended security labor agreement's wage rates or other employment conditions. Specifies the bases for the statutory factor of the unit of government's financial ability to meet costs.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1339 (Bennett, S.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Requires each board to stream or simulcast its meetings on its official website in real time. Provides that each board must make the video of each meeting available for a period of one year after the date of the meeting or until the meeting has been reduced to detailed minutes and transcripts, whichever is later. Requires each board to post on its official website the agenda of a meeting 6 days before the meeting date, except in the case of an emergency meeting. Defines "board" as public bodies to which the Governor appoints one or more members.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1343 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that any county, municipality, village, or township may abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by that county, municipality, village, or township on the property of a qualified tool and manufacturing business located within that county, municipality, village, or township. Provides that, if a county, municipality, village, or township passes an ordinance or resolution providing for such an abatement, any taxing district located in whole or in part within that county, municipality, village or township may also abate all or a portion of the taxes levied by the taxing district on that property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Property Tax

SB 1352 (Munoz, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2015 and each taxable year thereafter, the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption is $6,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70% and $3,000 for veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%. Provides that the residence must be occupied as a qualified residence by a disabled veteran who has an ownership interest in the property (currently, the residence must be used as the veteran's primary residence). Provides that, if the disabled veteran resides with a family member but does not have an ownership interest in the property, the property is still entitled to the exemption, subject to certain conditions. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1358 (Landek, S.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that an attorney or a corporation counsel appointed under this Section who is retained pursuant to an engagement letter or contract, is not exclusively employed by a single municipality, is not subject to a fixed term of office, and whose compensation is not required to be fixed shall not be deemed a municipal or public officer for purposes of the Illinois Municipal Code, the Public Officers Prohibited Activities Act, or the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1363 (Silverstein, I.) - Creates the Workplace Bullying Prohibition Act. Provides that bullying is prohibited in the workplace. Applies to employers that employ 3 or more individuals but excludes the State, State agencies, and units of local government. Defines terms. Requires an employer to establish a policy regarding workplace bullying and file the policy electronically with the Department of Labor. Provides an exception for certain labor activities. Provides that a violation of the Act by an employer constitutes a business offense subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $2,000.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1365 (McGuire, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In provisions concerning sales in error, provides that the court may declare a sale in error only prior to the application for a tax deed. In cases where a sale in error is ordered because a bankruptcy petition has been filed, provides that those provisions apply only if the petition is active at the time of sale. Provides that, in cases where improvements upon the property sold have been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for occupancy, the court may order assignment of the certificate of purchase to the delinquent county tax agent instead of declaring a sale in error. Provides that the fee for the issuance of a certificate of purchase shall be up to $100 (currently, $60). Provides that interest on the refund of the amount paid for a certificate of purchase shall be the lesser of 1% per month or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (currently, 1% per month).

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Senate Postponed - Revenue

SB 1371 (Morrison, J.) - Amends the Wildlife Code. Defines the term, "Drone". Prohibits the use of a manned or unmanned vehicle to take, pursue, or intentionally harass or disturb wild birds or mammals. Makes it unlawful to hunt on property where wildlife were spotted using manned or unmanned aircraft, including drones, unless 24 hours have passed since the aircraft has landed. Provides that the use of a drone as a hunting device constitutes a public nuisance, making the drone subject to confiscation.

Last Action: 2/18/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1391 (Forby, G.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that if a sign is posted stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited on private real property, the owner of the private real property is civilly liable for damages for any death or injury that occurs on his or her property as a result of prohibiting firearms on the property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/4/2015 Assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Firearms

SB 1405 (Holmes, L.) - Creates the State Funds Consolidation Act. Creates the State Funds Consolidation Board that shall: (i) review and analyze the current structure of the State's funds held in the State Treasury; (ii) review the Auditor General's finding regarding the excessive number of State funds that are held by the State; (iii) review specific funds to determine if it would be beneficial to the State to consolidate certain funds into existing or new funds; and (iv) report any recommendations to the General Assembly, the State Comptroller, the Governor, and the State Treasurer on an annual basis. Provides for the membership of the Board. Repeals the Act on June 30, 2019. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs

SB 1448 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Authorizes the Secretary of State, in addition to county clerks, to institute an Internet-based system for the filing of statements of economic interests. Provides that all Internet-based systems for the filing of statements of economic interests shall set forth and provide a means of generating a printable receipt page acknowledging filing. Makes other changes to be consistent with the requirements of the amendatory Act. Effective July 1, 2015.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 1488 (Cunnigham, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, provides that in all counties (now, in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants), the county board may by resolution provide that if a person has been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption, the person qualifying need not reapply for the exemption. Provides that the county recorder of deeds shall alert the assessor whenever the transfer of ownership of any property receiving a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption has occurred. Provides that, if such a transfer occurs, the assessor shall remove the exemption and provide the new property owner with information concerning reapplication. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue

SB 1492 (Kotowski, D.) - Amends the Short Term Borrowing Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning cash flow borrowing.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1493 (Kotowski, D.) - Makes appropriations for the operational expenses of the Office of the State Treasurer. Makes further appropriations for: banking services; refunds of protested tax interest; bond payments; arbitrage rebate payments; and grants to public and private entities. Effective July 1, 2015.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1509 (Sandoval, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Increases the base amount from $20,000 to $30,000 for public improvement or maintenance of public property at which a municipality must enter into a contract by public bid or four-fifths council approval. If the contract is approved by council, increases the base amount of expenses that must be taken by public bid from $20,000 to $30,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Local Government

SB 1517 (Koehler, D.) - Amends the Cycle Rider Safety Training Act. Provides that each Regional Cycle Rider Safety Training Center may issue an annual report to the Secretary of State addressing ways that road safety in Illinois may be improved.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Transportation

SB 1519 (Noland, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Requires that each election authority (i) conduct an election day audit of a random sample of 10% of votes cast and (ii) provide by contract or employment for the performance by one or more independent auditors of post-election parallel tabulations and audits. Provides for the scope of the audits and the resulting reports. Requires that optical scan technology and direct recording electronic voting systems meet certain federal and independent testing standards. With respect to early voting, requires that an election authority using only direct recording electronic voting systems have paper ballots available for voters wishing to use them. Creates the Illinois Election Integrity Act. Provides that the fund shall be administered by the State Board of Elections and, in addition to contributions from income tax checkoffs, the fund shall accept voluntary contributions. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall use the moneys in the fund to perform election audits. Creates the Illinois Election Integrity Fund as a special fund in the State Treasury. Makes a corresponding change to the State Finance Act. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that, for taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2014, the Department of Revenue must print on its standard individual income tax form a provision indicating that if the taxpayer wishes to contribute to the Illinois Election Integrity Fund, he or she may do so by stating the amount of the contribution (not less than $3) on the return and that the contribution will reduce the taxpayer's refund or increase the amount of payment to accompany the return.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 1520 (Noland, M.) - Creates the Illinois Clean Elections Act. Establishes a voluntary method of public financing of the campaigns of candidates for statewide constitutional offices and the General Assembly. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois Clean Elections Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to create an individual tax return checkoff in support of the Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 1526 (McGuire, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that in all cases where a change in assessed valuation of $100,000 or more is sought, the party filing the petition must state in the initial complaint the valuation that is sought. Requires the board of review to provide notice of the petition to all municipalities, school districts, fire protection districts, and community college districts that have a revenue interest in the property at least 14 days prior to the hearing on the complaint. Removes a provision concerning serving a copy of the petition to all taxing districts. Provides that in any appeal on a property within a county of fewer than 3,000,000 population where the appellant did not provide notice to the board of review that a change in assessed valuation of $100,000 or more was being sought, the Property Tax Appeal Board shall have no jurisdiction to issue any decision that would result in a change of $100,000 or more. Makes related changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Revenue

SB 1539 (McConnaughay, K.) - Amends the Deposit of State Moneys Act. Makes various changes throughout the Act providing that nothing shall be construed as requiring a financial institution to provide a product or service in this State that the financial institution does not otherwise provide in this State. Makes a similar change in the Public Funds Investment Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1541 (Clayborne, Jr., J.) - Appropriates $3,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Public Health for the purpose of making a grant to the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs for a 3-year Diabetes Prevention Pilot Program in St. Clair County, DeKalb County, and Rock Island County. Effective July 1, 2015.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1545 (Luechtefeld, D.) - Amends the Department of Public Health Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish a 3-year pilot program that provides diabetes testing and education on diabetes management in Cook County, DeKalb County, and Rock Island County from funds appropriated for that purpose. Provides that the Department shall designate a single community-based, not-for-profit provider of healthy living services to manage and administer the program; and that the designated provider shall receive reimbursement under the medical assistance program for the diabetes testing and educational services provided under the pilot program. Grants the Department rulemaking authority. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Public Health Committee

SB 1553 (Haine, W.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Provides that it is unlawful for an employer to inquire into an employee's religious beliefs. Creates an exemption for churches and religious or faith-based organizations. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 1566 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that at least 180 days before an election, the county board or board of election commissioners shall give notice to any public body of the designation of a public building under the public body's control as a polling place. Provides that, if using a public building as a polling place will result in a loss of revenue to the public body, the public building shall be deemed unavailable for use as a polling place by the county board or board of election commissioners.

Last Action: 3/5/2015 Assigned to Senate Executive Committee

SB 1570 (Forby, G.) - Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Eliminates the provision that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm into any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a zoo or museum.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 1571 (Haine, W.) - Amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Provides that nothing in the Act may be construed to require an employer or a property and casualty insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of cannabis.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Assigned to Senate Insurance Commitee

SB 1584 (Hunter, M.) - Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the organization of the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1593 (Murphy, M.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that pay to a participant in any pension fund or retirement system under the Code for overtime performed after the effective date of the amendatory Act shall not be considered for purposes of determining pensionable salary, earnings, or compensation.

Last Action: 2/20/2015  Referred to Senate Assigments

SB 1610 (Munoz, A.) - Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that nothing in the Act prohibits an employer, employment agency, or labor organization from participating in a bona fide recruiting incentive program, sponsored by a branch of the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, or any National Guard or Naval Militia, where participation in the program is limited by the sponsoring branch based upon the service member's discharge status. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1612 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the township assessor or chief county assessment officer, when requested, shall deliver to any person a copy of the description or statement of property assessed in his or her name or in which he or she holds ownership interest, and the valuation placed on that property by the assessor for the most recent taxable year. Provides that a county board may require board of review members to possess additional qualifications. Requires the Department of Revenue to hold an annual meeting with supervisors of assessments and board of review members. Provides that township assessors shall inform the supervisor of assessments of the type of software or other method by which assessments are conducted in the township. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1626 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act. Makes changes to the requirements of lawn markers. Makes changes to the requirements for notification of persons before the application of lawn products.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1627 (Brady, W.) -  Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and the State Revenue Sharing Act. Provides that certain units of local government may apply to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to receive distributions directly from the Local Government Distributive Fund and the Income Tax Surcharge Local Government Distributive Fund for the purpose of reimbursing the unit of local government for eligible costs incurred as a result of a disaster when the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for financial assistance for that eligible applicant. Provides that, if an application is approved, distributions to other municipalities and counties from the Local Government Distributive Fund and the Income Tax Surcharge Local Government Distributive Fund shall be reduced accordingly. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1717 (Rose, C.) - Creates the Prairie Wind Trail Property Transfer Act. Contains legislative findings and defines terms. Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to convey certain real estate comprising the contemplated Prairie Wind Trail to adjacent owners if specified conditions are met. Provides that in order to facilitate the transfers authorized by the Act, the Secretary of State shall establish a repository for the deeds, surveys, and related materials for each parcel within the Secretary of State Index Department. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall accept requests to transfer land for 2 years following the effective date of the Act. Provides that the Department shall hold public hearings concerning the provisions of the Act. Provides that any determinations required by the Act and any actions to transfer real estate are within the sole discretion of the Department and are not subject to judicial or administrative review. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1733 (Althoff, P.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from inspection and copying information or materials received, generated, or maintained by a State's Attorney as part of the criminal discovery process that the disclosure of which would violate the Supreme Court Rule concerning the disclosure of discovery materials in felony cases. Provides that the exemption applies regardless of whether the case has concluded. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1808 (Hunter, M.) - Amends the Illinois Veteran, Youth, and Young Adult Conservation Jobs Act. Creates the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps for the purpose of making grants to local sponsors to provide wages to young adults operating and instructing in conservation or recreational programs. Provides that local sponsors who can provide necessary facilities, materials, and management for conservation or recreational activities within the community may apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a grant under the Act for the purpose of hiring managing supervisors and eligible young adults for conservation or recreational programs. Provides that the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps shall be limited to citizens of this State who, at the time of enrollment, are unemployed, are 18 through 25 years of age, and who have skills that can be used in the conservation or recreational program. Provides that the Department shall adopt reasonable rules pertaining to the administration of the Illinois Young Adult Recreation Corps. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1824 (Raoul, K.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 concerning dangerous animals. Adds a definition of "animal refuge" to the statute on dangerous animals. Provides that the prohibition on possessing dangerous animals does not apply to a properly maintained zoological park accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), circus, college or university, scientific institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound running area, or animal refuge. Provides that the prohibition on possessing dangerous animals does not prohibit a person who possesses a Class C exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture from possessing a dangerous animal or primate; however, after the effective date of the amendatory Act the person may not breed or otherwise acquire a dangerous animal other than an ocelot, margay, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or life-threatening reptile. Provides that the prohibition on possessing dangerous animals does not apply to any motion picture or television production company employing or contracting with a dealer or exhibitor licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act or with a carrier, intermediate handler, or unlicensed exhibitor registered under that Act for the transportation, purchase, exhibition, or use of dangerous animals in its motion picture or television production. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1832 (Hastings, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code and the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act. Provides that provisions extending the disabled veterans exemption to housing or adaptations that are donated by a charitable organization apply beginning with the 2014 tax year (currently, the 2015 tax year). Provides that those provisions apply if the veteran is eligible to receive funds for the purchase or construction of specially adapted housing (currently, if the veteran has been approved to receive those funds). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1833 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Personal Information Protection Act. Expands the scope of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation information. Requires notice of breaches of security to be provided to the Attorney General. Requires privacy policies to be posted.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1836 (Hutchinson, T.) - Creates the Healthy Workplace Act and amends the State Finance Act. Requires employers to provide specified paid sick days to employees. Sets forth the purposes for and manner in which the sick days may be used. Contains provisions regarding employer responsibilities, unlawful employer practices, and other matters. Provides that the Department of Labor shall administer the Act. Authorizes the imposition of civil penalties. Authorizes individuals to file civil actions with respect to violations. Creates the Healthy Workplace Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1842 (Forby, G.) - Amends Public Acts 98-679, 98-680, and 98-681. Adds supplemental appropriations to various agencies for personal services and State contributions to Social Security. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1903 (Connelly, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption, provides that, for taxable years 2016 and thereafter, if the veteran has a service connected disability of 30% or more, then the property is exempt from taxation under the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

SB 1906 (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2016 and thereafter, the amount of the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption shall be the greater of (i) the amount of the exemption otherwise calculated under that Section of the Code or (ii) $2,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/20/2015 Referred to Senate Assignments

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