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The Priority Bill section contains a brief snapshot of current legislation that is of particular interest to park districts, forest preserves and conservation districts. Watch for updates on bills pending the Governor's signature.

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2012 Priority Bills - House
 

HB 148 (Phelps, B.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun to an applicant that meets specified qualifications, has provided the application and specified documentation, and has submitted the requisite fees. Provides that a license to carry a handgun entitles a licensee to carry a loaded handgun, either concealed or openly, on or about his or her person or in a vehicle, except in certain prohibited locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 45 days of receipt from a sheriff and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides that it is declared to be the policy of the State that it is an exclusive power and function of the State to regulate the possession and transportation of handguns and the issuance of licenses to carry handguns. Provides that with certain exceptions a home rule unit shall not regulate the possession or transportation of handguns. Provides that a home rule unit shall not regulate the number of handguns or require registration of handguns possessed by a person licensed under the Act. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act. Includes the Citizen Safety and Self-Defense Trust Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that the statute concerning unauthorized possession or storage of weapons does not apply to a person acting lawfully under the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that certain unlawful use of weapons provisions relating to unlawful use of a weapon do not apply to or affect a licensee who has been issued a license to carry a handgun under the Family and Personal Protection Act, notwithstanding the provisions of that Act prohibiting the carrying of a handgun in certain places.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Changes references from "handgun" and "weapon" to "concealed firearm". Provides that a concealed firearm licensee who is prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in certain places shall be permitted to store that handgun or ammunition out of plain sight in a locked vehicle or within a locked compartment or container within his or her vehicle. Provides that a licensee shall not be in violation of the Family and Personal Protection Act while he or she is traveling along a public right of way that touches or crosses any of the prohibited premises if the handgun is carried on his or her person in accordance with the provisions of the Act or is being transported in a vehicle by the licensee in accordance with all other applicable provisions of law. Adds an immediate effective date to the bill.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 222 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) shall also include a searchable database of all county, township, and municipal employees sorted by the employing unit of local government, employment position title, and current pay rate and year-to-date pay. Amends the Counties Code, the Township Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that counties, townships, and municipalities must comply with the requirements established by the Department of Central Management Services concerning ITAP. Limits home rule powers.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that, "subject to appropriation", the full-time webmaster must compile and update the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal database with information received from counties, townships, and municipalities. Passed the House on 3/9/2011 with a vote of 112-2-1. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 48-0. House concurred with Senate Amendment 1 on 5/21/2012 with a vote of 109-0.

Last Action: 7/6/2012 Public Act 97-744

HB 363 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the approximate amount of the tax extendable, as stated on the referendum question submitted to impose a new or increased limiting rate or increase the extension limitation, shall be calculated (i) without regard to any property tax exemptions and (ii) using an equalized assessed value calculated by multiplying the percentage level of assessment prescribed for such property by statute or by ordinance of the county board by the most recent final equalization factor certified to the county clerk by the Department of Revenue at the time the taxing district initiates the submission of the proposition to the electors. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 4
Amends the Election Code. Specifies that the area on polling place property beyond the campaign free zone that qualifies as a public forum includes immediately adjacent sidewalks and parkways. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/29/2011 with a vote of 52-1.

Last Action: 7/23/2011 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 404 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the State Employee Housing Act. Deletes references to the Department of Conservation in provisions concerning policy development; taxable status; rental housing; security deposits; utilities; tenant selection; and housing justification. Repeals certain provisions in the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends the Illinois Geographic Information Council Act. Removes language that provides the Council shall meet at least twice a year and report to the Governor and the General Assembly annually. Amends the Illinois Geographic Information Council Act by repealing a provision concerning technical and clerical assistance. Amends the Counties Code. Removes language in provisions concerning stormwater management. Repeals a provision concerning stormwater management planning councils in Cook County. Amends the Energy Assistance Act. Provides that there shall be 19 members (instead of 20 members) of the Low Income Energy Assistance Policy Advisory Council by removing the appointment of one member designated by the Department of Natural Resources. Amends the Wildlife Habitat Management Areas Act. Deletes provisions concerning the Department of Natural Resources's creation and maintenance of Wildlife Habitat Management Areas along with the adoption of rules and regulations to enforce, post signs, and furnish protection of the Wildlife Habitat Management Areas. Also makes changes in the Coal Mining Act, the Energy Assistance Act, the Interstate Ozone Transport Oversight Act, the Fish and Aquatic Life Code, and the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. Repeals the State Museum Construction Act and the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Restores language in a provision of the Counties Code concerning stormwater management. Deletes language that repealed a provision of the Counties Code that concerns stormwater management planning councils in Cook County. Passed the House on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 54-0. House concurred with Senate Committee Amendment 1 and Senate Floor Amendment 4 on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 8/9/2012 Public Act 97-916

HB 506 (Currie, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if any property that was not eligible to receive a homestead exemption was granted a homestead exemption, then a tax lien may be placed against the property and the arrearages of taxes that might have been assessed, plus specified penalties, shall be charged against the property by the county clerk. Contains provisions concerning notice and hearings. Provides that, if the erroneous homestead exemption is granted as a result of a clerical error or omission on the part of the chief county assessment officer, and if the owner has paid its tax bills as received for the year or years in which the error occurred, then the penalties shall not be chargeable to the owner. Provides that a board of review may enter into discussions with a taxpayer aimed at achieving a stipulated revised assessment upon the property. Contains provisions concerning notice provided to taxing districts regarding the stipulated revised assessment and objections by taxing districts to the proposed assessment. Provides that any proposed stipulation or agreement may not be used as evidence in any proceeding before the Property Tax Appeal Board. Provides that, if property is owned by the State, a unit of local government, or a school district and that property is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district, then the property and the leasehold interest are exempt from taxation under the Property Tax Code or under any other law. Further provides that property of schools that is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district (now, only leases to a municipality) for governmental purposes on a not-for-profit basis is exempt and that the leasehold interest is not taxable. Makes other changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes the effective date. Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 67-44-2.

Last Action: 12/04/2012 Lost 26-24

HB 587 (Sullivan, E.) (Hutchinson, T.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district may increase the property tax levy for corporate purposes or recreational programs to a total rate that does not exceed the total of the rates authorized under the Act for those purposes, as long as the increase is offset by a like property tax levy reduction in one or more of the park district's funds. Further provides that a tax increase may not exceed the limiting rate set forth in the Property Tax Code. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 5/17/2011 with a vote of 71-44. Passed the Senate on 5/24/2012 with a vote of 43-15.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 98-974

HB 1157 (Bost, M.) - Creates the Program Abolition for Nonappropriation of Funds Act. Requires the Office of the Comptroller to compile lists of programs created by laws containing language making the programs subject to appropriation. Requires the State officer or agency responsible for administering each such program to submit a report to the Comptroller stating whether any funds have been appropriated for the program during certain time periods. Requires the Comptroller to compile lists of such programs for which no funds have been appropriated during certain time periods. Provides that the lists shall be filed with the Index Department of the Secretary of State and published in the Illinois Register. Provides that each program on a list filed with the Index Department of the Secretary of State is abolished, funds may not be expended for any such program after the date of publication, and the Comptroller shall notify the State officer or agency that is statutorily responsible for administering an abolished program that the program has been abolished. Provides for adoption of rules. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Changes the time periods during which a law shall be in effect in order to be subject to the Act to at least 7 fiscal years (in the case of laws that were to have been in effect for at least 4 fiscal years under the introduced bill) and at least 4 fiscal years (in the case of laws that were to have been in effect for at least 2 fiscal years under the introduced bill).
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that lists of programs for which no funds have been appropriated during certain time periods shall also be filed with the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives. Passed the House on 3/30/2011 with a vote of 99-15.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

HB 1299 (Moffitt, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that the question of establishing a maximum aggregate extension may be combined with the question of forming or establishing a new taxing district. Contains referendum language. Passed the House on 4/12/11 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 12/06/2012 Sent to the Governor

HB 1447 (Burke, K.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Passed the House on 4/1/2011 with a vote of 87-3-13. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 30-24-1.

Last Action: 1/04/2013 Placed on House Calendar of Concurrence

HB 1462 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Gives code enforcement officials employed by units of local government the power to enforce a provision relating to the display of company insignia on construction vehicles while the vehicle is being used on a worksite located within the boundaries of the local jurisdiction. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Defines "code enforcement official" as an officer or other designated authority charged with the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of codes on behalf of a municipality or county.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that if an alleged violation of a Section requiring that commercial trucks display the company name of the construction contractor or subcontractor using the truck has been corrected prior to or on the date of a hearing scheduled to adjudicate the alleged violation, the code enforcement official shall dismiss the violation. Passed the House on 3/9/2011 with a vote of 71-43.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

HB 1512 (DeLuca, A.) - Creates the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending Act. Provides that the Commission shall conduct investigations, review the budget submitted by the Governor in order to make recommendations for reducing expenditures set forth in the budget, review activities of agencies and grant recipients, and consider State and local budgetary reductions by reduction or elimination of mandated expenditures or the consolidation of agencies and instrumentalities to eliminate waste and inefficiency. Sets forth the membership of the Commission. Provides that the Commission shall conduct at least one public hearing and may issue reports. Provides that the Governor shall respond, in writing, within 30 calendar days after the submission of the reports. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending is created in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. Provides that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget shall provide administrative and other support to the Commission. Passed the House on 3/29/2011 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 3/30/2011 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 1605 (Moffitt, D.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning return to employment. Passed the House on 3/10/2011 with a vote of 111-0. Passed the Senate on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 39-11.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1715 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body is not required to copy and make available for public inspection a public record that is published on the public body's website if the public body's Freedom of Information officer certifies that the online record is a true and accurate copy of the original record maintained by the public body. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/15/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1717 (Durkin, J.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act and the Election Code. Provides that any member of a board or commission (i) whose appointment requires the advice and consent of the Senate, (ii) who is confirmed by the Senate, who holds office by a temporary appointment made under Section 9 of Article V of the Illinois Constitution, or who is appointed by the Governor as an acting member, and (iii) who receives a salary from the State for serving on that board or commission must divest or freeze the funds in any candidate political committee maintained or controlled by the member and may not establish a candidate political committee for the duration of his or her term on the board or commission. Provides that failure to divest or freeze those funds will result in forfeiture of those funds. Provides that an appointed member of a board or commission who establishes a candidate political committee during his or her term on the board or commission shall be subject to a $5,000 fine. Provides that a member may maintain his or her committee for the purpose of paying any debt owed by that member's committee if the debt was incurred by the committee prior to the member's appointment. Provides that the committee may make payments on the committee's outstanding debt, pay reasonable costs of maintaining the account or preparing reports, and accept certain contributions from the member and the member's spouse, parent, sibling, or child. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Further amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that the revolving door prohibition does not apply to former officers, members, or State employees who accept employment from any federal, State, or local governmental unit. Passed the House on 4/15/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 1981 (Jefferson, C.) (Cullerton, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the corporate authorities of a municipality may fix, charge, and collect fees not exceeding the reasonable cost of the service for all emergency services rendered by the municipality against persons, businesses, and other entities who are not residents of the municipality. Specifies that the fee shall be computed at a rate not to exceed $250 per hour for emergency assistance. Provides that no fee shall be imposed for fire and rescue services when the total cost is less than $50. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a municipality may fix, charge, and collect fees not exceeding the reasonable cost of the service for all services (now, emergency fire and rescue services) rendered by the "fire department" of the municipality against persons, businesses, and other entities who are not residents of the municipality. Further provides that certain fee limitations shall not apply to ambulance services, and those services may be billed separately. Passed the House on 4/6/2011 with a vote of 60-51. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 51-0. Senate concurred with SA 4 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 94-24.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 Public Act 97-857

HB 1986 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a unit of local government or the Department of Transportation shall authorize the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles or both on rural roads under its jurisdiction if the unit of local government or Department determines that the public safety will not be jeopardized. Provides that before permitting the operation of all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles on rural roads, a unit of local government or the Department must consider the volume, speed, and character of traffic on the roadway and determine whether all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles may safely travel on or cross the roadway. Provides that appropriate signs shall be posted on rural roads where the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles is permitted. Provides that if a roadway is under the jurisdiction of more than one unit of government, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles may not be operated on the roadway unless each unit of government agrees and takes action as provided in this amendatory Act. Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything with the enacting clause with the provisions of the original bill, using an updated source. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2100 (McAsey, E.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Changes the name of the offenses of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds or public property adjacent to school grounds to criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, public property adjacent to school grounds, or park district property. Includes in the offense criminal street gang recruitment on park district property. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 97-3-2.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

HB 2568 (Sosnowski, J.)Proposed House Amendment No. 2. Amends the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act. For park districts other than the Chicago Park District reduces the number of required free admission days at a public museum from 52 to 26.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 2885 (Jefferson, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2011, all property owned by an exempt organization under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code or its successor is exempt from taxation under the Code when exclusively used for a purpose authorized to be exempted under the Illinois Constitution.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3076 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, if the amount of a participating employee's earnings for any calendar year used to determine the participating employee's retirement annuity exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same participating municipality or participating instrumentality for the previous calendar year by more than 6%, then the participating municipality or participating instrumentality must pay to the fund the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%. Provides that the Fund must exclude certain earnings when assessing payment for any amount due under this provision. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Passed the House on 4/11/2011 with a vote of 112-0.Last Action: 5/18/2012 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading Passed the House on 4/11/2011 with a vote of 112-0.

Last Action: 1/02/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

HB 3089 (Arroyo, L.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property tax bills shall contain a statement itemizing the amount and percentage of funds from each taxing district in which the property is located that are distributed into a tax increment allocation fund and the total amount and percentage of funds being allocated to a tax increment allocation fund.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3094 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to projects with a total cost of $20,000 or less. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3116 (Jefferson, C.) - Creates the Public Pension Abuse Abatement Act. Authorizes and directs the Governor to execute a compact on behalf of the State with any other state to end abuse of public pension programs. Provides that the compacting states shall agree that no governmental employer under the jurisdiction of any state shall pay wages or salary to any public pension fund annuitant unless that annuitant elects to suspend his or her pension for the duration of his or her employment. Sets out provisions of the compact concerning definitions, the effective date, and construction and severability. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3199 (Golar, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In the Real Estate Transfer Tax Law, provides that (i) deeds or trust documents that release property that is security for a debt or other obligation and (ii) deeds issued to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure are subject to the tax beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly and through June 30, 2016. Provides that deeds issued to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure shall remain exempt for the period prior to July 1, 2016 if the holder (i) originated the mortgage in question, (ii) did not originate more than 10,000 mortgage loans in 2007, and (iii) had less than $5,000,000,000 in assets as of the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that, of the moneys received from the real estate transfer tax imposed upon those deeds, 50% shall be deposited into the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, 35% shall be deposited into the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Fund, and 15% shall be deposited into the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3372 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that other provisions of the Code are deemed not to affect any easement obtained by a governmental entity in an eminent domain action for the construction of a public improvement of an underground water main, storm sewer, or sanitary sewer regardless of whether the easement is recorded in the recorder's office, provided that the governmental entity shows that the easement was obtained by a final judgment in a condemnation action and shows the subsequent payment of just compensation. Amends the Conveyances Act. In language stating that any deed or title paper shall be adjudged void as to all creditors and subsequent purchasers, without notice, until the deed or title paper is filed for record, provides this exception: any easement obtained by a governmental entity in an eminent domain action for the construction of a public improvement of an underground water main, storm sewer, or sanitary sewer is deemed valid regardless of whether the easement is recorded in the recorder's office, provided that the governmental entity shows that the easement was obtained in a condemnation action by a final judgment and shows the required subsequent deposit of just compensation or the payment of just compensation under any other statute used by the governmental entity providing for the exercise of eminent domain.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Amends the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act. Enlarges the corporate limits of the District. Passed the House on 4/13/2011 with a vote of 73-43. Passed the Senate on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 49-4.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3426 (Harris, D.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that lump sum payments for retirement, severance, or sick or vacation time may not be used to calculate the final rate of earnings. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/17/2011 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3459 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that when an employee is absent from work to serve as an election judge, the employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time or any form of paid leave time to serve as an election judge. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/5/2011 with a vote of 101-0.

Last Action: 5/13/2011 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments Committee

HB 3474 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides for the Philip J. Rock Center and School to participate in the Fund as a participating instrumentality. Includes provisions relating to prior service and inability to pay the required employer contributions. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/15/2012 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 2/29/2012 with a vote of 49-0.

Last Action: 7/26/2012 Public Act 97-854

HB 3611 (Unes, M.) (Koehler, D.) - Amends the State Parks Act. Creates a provision that provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall compare and generate a report concerning the availability of recreational activities within the Wildlife Prairie Park between the calendar year 2000 to 2012 and that the report shall be provided to the General Assembly by July 1, 2013. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 4/8/2011 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 51-0.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3637 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the State Board of Education for its FY12 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2011.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3782 (Ford, L.) - Provides that it is unlawful for an employer to ask for an employee's or prospective employee's password or other account information to gain access to the employee's or prospective employee's account or profile on a social networking website, rather than to prohibit the employer from gaining access to a social networking website where the employee or prospective employee maintains an account or profile. Defines terms. Passed the House on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 78-30-1. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 55-0-2.

Last Action: 8/01/2012 Public Act 97-875

HB 3815 (May, K.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides, in both affected Articles, that a leave of absence without pay during employment with a local labor organization is not to be included in computing the term of service of a person who first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective January 1, 2012.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighter, Chicago Police, Chicago Firefighter, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that under those Articles leaves of absence without pay during employment with the specified organizations are not to be included in computing the term of service of persons who first become participants under those Articles on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Further amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighter, Chicago Police, and Chicago Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighter, and Chicago Police Articles, provides that for the specified leaves of absence, including those beginning before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the police officer of firefighter must continue to remain in sworn status, subject to the professional standards of the public employer or those terms established in statute. In the Chicago Firefighter Article, specifies that the changes made by the amendatory Act do not apply to a fireman who first becomes a member of the fund after the effective date of the amendatory Act who is on leave to special duty assignments, and who continues to remain in sworn status, subject to the professional standards of the public employer or those terms established in statute.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
In the Chicago Police Article, removes a requirement that the police officer remain on leave to a special duty assignment. In the Chicago Firefighter Article, provides that for the specified leaves of absence, including those beginning before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the firefighter must continue to remain in sworn status, subject to the professional standards of the public employer or those terms established in statute. Makes technical changes. Passed the House on 10/27/2011 with a vote of 113-2-0. Passed the Senate on 11/10/2011 with a vote of 37-11-4.

Last Action: 12/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3824 (Pritchard, R.) - Amends the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Adds to the existing purposes (tort liability, insurance and risk management) for which an extraordinary tort liability tax levy may be imposed the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems that meet national standards and are certified by the local fire officials. Declares, as a matter of policy, that the use of tort liability tax revenue for the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems is appropriate because of the safety benefits of fire suppression systems, the associated reduction in potential exposure to tort liability claims, and the reduction in insurance costs achievable for facilities equipped with fire suppression systems. Adds to the existing purposes (insurance, specified types of judgments, settlements, and obligations, and risk management programs) for which a local public entity may annually levy: to pay the cost of the installation and maintenance of sprinkler or other fire suppression systems.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3827 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that any reasonable suspicion by any appointed or elected commissioner, trustee, director, board member, or employee of a retirement system or pension fund created under the Code or the State Board of Investment of a false statement or falsified record being submitted or permitted by a person under the Code shall be immediately referred to the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund created under the Code or the State Board of Investment or the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where the alleged fraudulent activity occurred, and that the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund or the State Board of Investment shall immediately notify the State's Attorney of the jurisdiction where any alleged fraudulent activity occurred for investigation; Amends the Chicago Police, Chicago Firefighter, Chicago Municipal, Chicago Laborers, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to terminate the existing pension boards 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act and to provide for a new board comprised of 4 members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago and 3 elected members representing active members and annuitant members of the fund. Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code to terminate the existing board of trustees 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act and to provide for a new board comprised of 5 members appointed by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and 4 elected members representing active and annuitant members of the fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/12/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3828 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the State Revenue Sharing Act. Includes regional officials and local officials among the expenses for which the payments of revenue into the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall be used. Makes corresponding changes. Amends the School Code in the Article concerning regional superintendents of schools to provide that the salaries plus an amount for other employment-related compensation or benefits for regional superintendents and assistant regional superintendents are payable monthly by the State Board of Education out of the personal Property Tax Replacement Fund through a specific appropriation to that effect in the State Board of Education budget. Makes corresponding changes. Makes a change concerning reporting requirements when the State Board of Education becomes aware that a regional superintendent is employing his or her relative as an assistant regional superintendent. Further amends the School Code in the Article concerning the common school fund to provide that the State Board of Education shall request an appropriation payable from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the common school fund (rather than the common school fund only) for compensation for regional superintendents of schools and the assistant regional superintendents of schools. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill and the following changes. Includes regional offices among the expenses for which the payments of revenue into the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall be used. Makes corresponding changes. Further amends the School Code to provide that the grants to qualifying Educational Service Centers shall be paid from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill and the following changes. Includes regional offices among the expenses for which the payments of revenue into the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall be used. Makes corresponding changes. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the total amount required for awards for county clerks, county recorders, and the chief clerk of each county board of election commissioners each year shall be appropriated by the General Assembly from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. Provides that the recorder of deeds of Cook County for his or her additional duties imposed by law shall receive an annual stipend to be paid by the State (rather than the Illinois Department of Revenue) out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. Further amends the School Code to provide that the grants to qualifying Educational Service Centers shall be paid from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/31/2011 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3830 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that an ethics commission may levy an administrative fine of not less than $250 against any officer, member, or employee who fails to complete required ethics training.

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3832 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborers Articles to specify that creditable service for leaves of absence without pay during which a participant is employed full-time by a local labor organization that represents municipal employees may be established provided that the participant does not receive credit in any pension plan established by the labor organization based on his employment by the organization, including, but not limited to, pension plans established by the local labor organization, the national labor organization, or the international labor organization (rather than any pension plan established by the local labor organization). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/12/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3833 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the School Code and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Allows school boards and local public entities to levy a tort immunity tax for the purpose of paying judgments and settlements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 and the Environmental Protection Act until December 31, 2014 (instead of December 31, 2010).

Last Action: 10/19/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3847 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $9,100,000 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' and Assistants' Compensation. Appropriates $2,225,050 to the Illinois State Board of Education from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for Regional Superintendents' Services. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Increases an appropriation to the Illinois State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund for regional superintendents' and assistants' compensation and related benefits.
House Committee Amendment No. 2
Adds a line item for the Chairman of the State Panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board and for the Superintendent of the Department of the Lottery.

Last Action: 1/12/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3849 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that provisions prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices while driving shall also apply to bicycles. Exempts bicyclists using electronic communication devices in hands-free or voice-activated mode and bicyclists using devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3859 (Sente, C.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts specified information concerning tax sharing agreements in counties and municipalities from public inspection and copying. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a county or municipality, as applicable, may enter into an agreement to share or rebate any portion of retailers' occupation taxes generated by retail sales of tangible personal property. Sets forth requirements concerning reports. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.
House Floor Amendment No. 7
Further amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that specified reports required to be filed with the Department of Revenue shall be posted on the Department's website within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Requires the website to be updated on a monthly basis to include newly received reports.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 97-976

HB 3864 (Saviano, A.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, the State Construction Account Fund, and the Road Fund shall not be subject to sweeps, administrative charges or chargebacks, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that would transfer any amount from those Funds into any other Fund of the State unless those actions were specifically authorized by law prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act. Repeals a Section of the State Finance Act authorizing the Governor to transfer moneys from the Road Fund to State Construction Account Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 10/27/2011 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3865 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Downstate Teachers Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires an individual to be a member of the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois before the effective date of the amendatory Act in order for specified service as an officer or employee of a statewide teacher organization or as an officer of a national teacher organization to qualify as service as a teacher under the Code. Provides that any person whose membership in the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois is derived solely from employment as a substitute teacher and employment with a statewide teacher organization shall forfeit service credit in the System. Requires a refund of contributions made by those persons. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 11/9/2011 with a vote of 110-0.

Last Action: 1/02/2013 Placed on Senate Calendar 3rd Reading

HB 3877 (Zalewski, M.) - Creates the Employee Complaint Fee Recovery Act. Provides that if a former employee files 2 or more complaints with 2 or more separate State agencies against a single former employer and each complaint is dismissed, the former employer may petition the circuit court for an award of its attorney's fees incurred to dismiss the complaints. Provides that the court may enter a judgment against the former employee in the amount of the attorney's fees if it finds that the complaints were frivolous.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3884 (Franks, J.) - Creates the Overhead Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to plant restricted vegetation within 20 feet of an electric utility pole or overhead electrical conductor located within the State. Provides that any restricted vegetation planted, whether by a person or by natural means, within 20 feet of an electric utility pole or overhead electrical conductor located within the State shall be subject to removal. Provides that any person who sells restricted vegetation within this State shall affix a label to each piece of restricted vegetation identifying it as restricted vegetation. Permits the Illinois Commerce Commission to adopt rules concerning the removal of restricted vegetation. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with an electric utility while performing vegetation management and removal activities. Also creates provisions concerning findings, definitions, and Commission enforcement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3887 (Gaffney, K., Kay, D.) - Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Adds personnel of institutions of higher education, athletic program personnel, and early intervention providers to the list of mandated reporters under the Act. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 2/29/2012 with a vote of 116-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 54-0.

Last Action: 6/27/2012 Public Act 97-711

HB 3892 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that the corporate authorities of a forest preserve district, by ordinance or resolution, may authorize the sale or public auction of a structure located on land owned by the district. Sets forth requirements that must be met concerning the sale of the land, publication of notice, and acceptance of an offer. Further provides that surplus personal property may also be sold if three-fifths of the members of the board of commissioners of a forest preserve district find the sale to be in the best interests of the district. Provides that that the district is not required to advertise the sale of surplus personal property. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with the following change. Requires that a forest preserve district that may authorize the sale or auction of a structure located on land owned by the district must (i) be located in a county that has more than 700,000 inhabitants, (ii) border a county that has 1,000,000 or more inhabitants, and (iii) also border another state. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 52-1. Senate concurred with SA 1 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 116-1.

Last Action: 7/26/2012 Public Act 97-851

HB 3908 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in a county that is not subject to the Law, the registered voters within the county may file a petition with the county clerk requesting the county board to submit to the voters of the county the question of whether to make all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county subject to the Law. Provides that, if 10% of the registered voters within the county sign the petition, then the county board shall submit the question. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3916 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that a forest preserve district may establish procedures to comply with certain regulations regarding affirmative action and the use of small businesses or businesses owned by minorities or women in construction and procurement contracts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3923 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that the provision that authorizes closed meetings to be held to consider the the sale or purchase of securities, investments, or investment contracts does not apply to meetings held to consider the investment of assets or income of funds deposited into the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/7/2012 with a vote of 117-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 54-1.

Last Action: 8/01/2012 Public Act 97-876

HB 3925 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the Child Vision and Hearing Test Act. Provides that vision and hearing screening services may be administered to preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child-care facility only once every 2 years prior to entering kindergarten. Provides that vision screening services may be conducted and administered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an optometrist licensed under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, or a certified vision screening technician. Provides that hearing screening services may be conducted and administered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an audiologist licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, or a certified hearing screening technician.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3929 (Farnham, K.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Increases criminal penalties and fines for specified violations of the Act. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that certain violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act are non-probationable offenses.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3932 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Provides that no person may be appointed to a board, commission, authority, or task force on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act if, on the date of his or her appointment, he or she has been adjudicated in arrears in court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000 and has been found in contempt by the court for failure to pay that support or maintenance. Amends the Election Code. Provides that statements of candidacy must include a statement that the candidate is not delinquent in the payment of court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000. Provides that each electoral board designated for the purpose of hearing and passing upon objector's petitions shall independently verify that no candidate under its jurisdiction is delinquent in the payment of court ordered child support or maintenance, or a combination of child support and maintenance, in an amount equal to or greater than $10,000. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3936 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each property tax bill shall contain a separate statement for each of the taxing districts setting forth the dollar amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pick up or otherwise pay its employees' contributions to a public pension fund. Provides that each taxing district that picks up or otherwise pays its employees' contributions to a public pension fund must certify this information to the county clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3940 (Jakobsson, N.) - Amends the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. Provides that an officer or director of a corporation organized under the Act that receives any State funds may not knowingly hire, or seek to influence the employment or promotion of, a relative for a compensated position within the corporation. Defines "relative" to include a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, great uncle, great aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandfather-in-law, grandmother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, fiance, fiancee, and the mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother of a fiance or fiancee. Effective July 1, 2012.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Requires disclosure of the hiring of a relative for a compensated position, rather than prohibiting that hiring.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3947 (Leitch, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a board of review may enter into discussions with a taxpayer aimed at achieving a stipulated revised assessment upon the property. Contains provisions concerning notice provided to taxing districts. Contains provisions concerning objections by taxing districts to the proposed assessment, and requires that those objections be submitted to the board of review within 45 days after the district receives notice of the proposed assessment. Provides that, within 120 days after the Property Tax Appeal Board's receipt of the stipulation or assessment agreement, the Property Tax Appeal Board shall issue a decision in accordance with the stipulation or assessment agreement, unless it finds that the Property Tax Appeal Board lacks jurisdiction over the appeal or that the stipulation or assessment agreement is against the manifest weight of the evidence. Contains provisions concerning notice to taxing districts. Provides that discussions of a proposed settlement may not be used as evidence in any hearing with respect to that assessment year and that property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3948 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Exempts police emergency equipment from the definition of "commercial motor vehicle". Effective immediately. Passed the House on 2/8/2012 with a vote of 118-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 57-0.

Last Action: 7/6/2012 Public Act 97-750

HB 3952 (Mussman, M.) - Amends provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act stating that no benefit rights shall accrue to an individual based upon wages from an employer for service rendered prior to the day upon which the individual was discharged because of the commission of a felony in connection with his or her work. Expands those provisions so that they also apply to an individual discharged because of the commission of a misdemeanor in connection with his or her work. Also provides that no benefits may be paid to any individual who is found guilty of or is granted supervision for a felony or misdemeanor committed against his or her former employer and is receiving benefits based on employment with his or her former employer. Effective January 1, 2013.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3969 (Cross, T.) - Amends the General Provisions and General Assembly Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, provides that, if a participant's final average salary in a participating system under the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act, other than the General Assembly Retirement System, is used to calculate a proportional retirement annuity for that participant under the General Assembly Retirement System and if that final average salary is higher than the highest salary for annuity purposes of that person under the General Assembly Retirement System, then the increased cost of the proportional annuity paid by the General Assembly Retirement System that is attributable to that higher level of compensation shall be paid by the employer of the participant under that system and not by the General Assembly Retirement System. In the General Assembly Article, provides that certain limitations on highest salary for annuity purposes apply to the earnings of a person who first became a member of the General Assembly Retirement System before August 22, 1994 if, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, that member irrevocably elects to have those limitations apply. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Changes the payment responsibility from the reciprocal employer to the reciprocal system. Provides for payment in the form of a lump sum payment determined by the General Assembly Retirement System in accordance with its annuity tables and other actuarial assumptions.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Changes the payment responsibility from the reciprocal system to the employer of the participant under the reciprocal system. Provides that if the employer fails to pay the amount required to the General Assembly Retirement System for more than 90 days after the payment is due, the System, after giving notice to the employer, may certify to the State Comptroller the amount of the delinquent payment and the Comptroller shall deduct the amount so certified or any part thereof from any payment of State funds to the employer and shall pay the amount so deducted to the System. If State funds from which such deductions may be made are not available, then the System may proceed against the employer to recover the amount of the delinquent payment in the appropriate circuit court.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that the payment condition is triggered only if the participant also retires after the effective date of the amendatory Act with less than 2 years of service credit that has accrued in the participating system since his or her last day of active participation in the General Assembly retirement System. Passed the House on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 54-0. House concurred with SA 1, 2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 117-0-1.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Public Act 97-967

HB 3970 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device (rather than only prohibiting the composing, sending, or reading of electronic messages while operating a vehicle) unless the electronic communication device is used in hands-free or voice-activated mode or one of 5 other limited exceptions apply.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 3972 (D'Amico, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device (rather than only prohibiting the composing, sending, or reading of electronic messages while operating a vehicle) unless the electronic communication device is used in hands-free or voice-activated mode or one of 5 other limited exceptions apply.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the original bill, but makes the following changes: (1) specifies that the term "electronic communication device" includes a hand-held wireless telephone and a hand-held personal digital assistant (instead of wireless telephone and personal digital assistant); (2) provides that an exception for the prohibition on the use of an electronic communication device applies to a driver using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated (instead of voice-activated) mode and that voice-operated mode may include the use of a headset; (3) provides that the Section concerning electronic communication devices does not apply to a driver using certain radio communication services or to a driver who presses a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication or to a driver using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions for a purpose that is not otherwise prohibited; and (4) provides that a person who violates the Section concerning electronic communication devices shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of House Amendment No. 1, but separately exempts drivers using two-way or citizens band radio services and drivers using two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the amateur radio service. Passed the House on 3/8/2012 with a vote of 62-53-1.

Last Action: 5/25/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

HB 3980 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Swimming Facility Act to provide that the Department of Public Health may not impose penalties on a swimming facility that is in violation of the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act until October 1, 2012 if the swimming facility has applied on or before October 1, 2011 to become compliant with that Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/18/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 3984 (Gordon, J.) - Creates the Veterans Day Act. Provides that an employer shall provide each employee who is a veteran with paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day, November 11, if the employee would otherwise be required to work on that day, in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Provides that an employer, in complying with the Act, shall have the discretion of providing paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day. Provides that an employer may only refuse to grant paid or unpaid time off as requested under the Act when providing time off would impact public health or safety or would cause the employer to experience significant economic or operational disruption. Provides that if the employer determines that the employer is unable to provide time off for Veterans Day, the employer shall deny time off only to the minimum number of veteran employees needed by the employer to protect public health or safety or to maintain minimum operational capacity, as applicable. Contains provisions concerning notices and penalties.

Last Action: 1/18/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4000 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act. Repeals the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/18/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4009 (May, K.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that no person may use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle on any section of a highway that is undergoing a construction or maintenance project (instead of on a highway in a construction or maintenance speed zone).

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4014 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Provides that a person required to register under the Act is ineligible to hold an elective State or local office. Provides that the holder of an elective State or local office may not engage in activities that would require registration under the Act.

Last Action: 1/20/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4020 (Lang, L.) - Amends the Charitable Games Act. Transfers all the powers of the Department of Revenue under the Act to the Illinois Gaming Board and makes related changes. Extends the licensure period from one year to 2 years. Changes the application and renewal fees from an annual $200 fee to a $400 fee for the 2-year licensure period. Provides that participation in the management or operation of the games is limited to no more than 12 (rather than 4) charitable games events, either of the sponsoring organization or any other licensed organization, during a calendar year. Provides that no single bet at any game may exceed $20. Provides that at the conclusion of the event or when the participant leaves, he or she may cash in his or her chips, scrip, or play money in exchange for currency not to exceed $500 in cash winnings (instead of $250) or unlimited noncash prizes. Provides that the provider of the premises, other than a municipality, may not rent or otherwise provide the premises for the conducting of more than one charitable games night per month (rather than 8 charitable games nights per year). Provides that 5% of the net proceeds (rather than 3% of the gross proceeds) of charitable games shall be paid to the Illinois Gaming Board. Provides that establishments that have video gaming terminals licensed under the Video Gaming Act may operate them along with charitable games under rules adopted by the Illinois Gaming Board. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4021 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a taxing district may adopt a levy to recapture revenue lost due to refunds issued pursuant to a decision of the Property Tax Appeal Board, an assessment or exemption decision of the Department of Revenue, a court order, or an administrative decision of a local assessment official. Provides that those recapture levies are not included in the taxing district's aggregate extension base under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Provides that any taxpayer who has received a refund that has been included in a recapture levy by one or more taxing districts has the right to an abatement in an amount equal to a portion of that refund amount, subject to certain limitations.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4030 (May, K.) - Amends the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act. Authorizes school districts and the owners and operators of day care centers to electronically notify parents and guardians when pesticides are applied on the grounds of day care centers and schools. Requires each park district: (i) to maintain a registry of persons who have registered to receive written notification before a fertilizer, pesticide, or plant protectant is applied to park district property other than a golf course and (ii) to provide written notification to persons on that registry before applying a fertilizer, pesticide, or plant protectant on that property.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Tabled By Sponsor Rep. Karen May

HB 4040 (Brady, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Prohibits county clerks and members of boards of election commissioners from making public endorsements of candidates and public questions when the candidates' names and the questions appear on ballots solely of political subdivisions within their election jurisdiction. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4045 (Jones, T.) - Amends the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act. Provides that a forest preserve district may establish procedures to comply with certain regulations regarding affirmative action and the use of small businesses or businesses owned by minorities or women in construction and procurement contracts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/25/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4046 (Jones, T.) - Amends the School Code. In order to provide additional funding beyond the funding awarded to specific after-school programs, requires the State Board of Education to add, in its annual budget proposal, (i) a line item equal to 2% of the After-school Programs, Mentoring and Student Support (ASPMSS) line item for out-of-school time for monitoring, administration, and technical assistance for after-school providers funded by the ASPMSS line item in the State Board of Education's budget proposal; and (ii) a line item equal to 4% of the ASPMSS line item for out-of-school time for grants to qualified, statewide, non-profit agencies to provide capacity building, system development, training, and professional development services. Provides for how the additional appropriations, if any, must be used.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4048 (Golar, E.) - Appropriates $9,000,000 to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity from the General Revenue Fund for grants under the Community Youth Employment Act. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4057 (Eddy, R.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that for any one person in any one accident, the required amount of liability insurance shall be $25,000 for policies issued or renewed before July 1, 2012 and $1,000,000 for any policy issued or renewed on and after July 1, 2012. Provides that the required amount of insurance for 2 or more persons in any one accident shall be: (i) $100,000 for personal injury liability insurance policies issued or renewed before July 1, 2012; (ii) $1,000,000 for policies issued or renewed on and after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2013; (iii) $2,000,000 for policies issued or renewed on and after July 1, 2013 and before July 1, 2014; and (iv) $3,000,000 for policies issued or renewed on and after July 1, 2014. Provides that provisions of Public Act 97-224 making certain personal injury liability insurance requirements applicable to a first division vehicle including a taxi which is used for a purpose that requires a school bus driver permit are inoperative before July 1, 2012 and are operative on and after July 1, 2012. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/25/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4065 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Provides that an ethics commission may levy an additional administrative fine of not less than $250 against any officer, member, or employee who fails to complete required ethics training.

Last Action: 1/25/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4067 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, taxpayers shall have at least 60 (instead of 20) days after the date of publication of the notice to file complaints. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4070 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the Department of Public Health Act. In a provision concerning Department powers, provides that the Department may levy a fine on any institution or entity that it licenses or regulates for failing to comply with a lawful order made by the Department or for otherwise violating an Act that the Department has the responsibility of administering. Provides that any institution or entity licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act and subject to fines and penalties under that Act is exempt from the provision concerning fines for failure to comply with a lawful order made by the Department. Makes other changes.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Exempts institutions licensed under the ID/DD Community Care Act and subject to fines and penalties under the ID/DD Community Care Act from the provision concerning fines for failure to comply with a lawful order made by the Department of Public Health. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4111 (Dugan, L.) - Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Removes provisions concerning the employment status of disaster volunteers for purposes of worker's compensation. Provides that specified sworn disaster volunteers who assist the Illinois Emergency Management Agency without compensation, other than reimbursement for travel, lodging, or meals, shall be considered an employee of the Agency under the Workers' Compensation Act or Workers' Occupational Diseases Act for purposes of any claims related to the assistance provided. Further provides that a specified delegate may administer a required oath to personnel. Sets requirements concerning the filing of the oath. Makes other changes. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that specified sworn disaster volunteers who assist an emergency services and disaster agency may be covered by the county or municipality, as applicable, if it has elected to provide coverage, as an employee under the Workers' Compensation Act or Workers' Occupational Diseases Act for purposes of any claim related to the assistance provided. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4115 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a Section of the Code requiring tax purchasers to either reimburse any governmental agency that has an interest in the property as a result of certain advancements made from public funds or obtain a waiver of the lien applies to (i) interests held by the State as well as cities, villages, incorporated towns, and other units of local government that provide water or sewer service and (ii) interests based on the provision of water or sewer services.

Last Action: 1/25/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4116 (Durkin, J.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Requires members of the investment advisory panel created under the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Act to file verified written statements of economic interests with the Secretary of State. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 57-0-1.

Last Action: 7/6/2012 Public Act 97-754

HB 4148 (Cassidy, K.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Counties Code. Provides that home rule municipalities with a population of more than 2,000,000 and home rule counties are not prohibited from imposing a tax on the use of a parking lot, garage, or other parking facility for consideration. Effective immediately or on the effective date of House Bill 5547 of the 97th General Assembly, whichever is later.
Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the definition of "taxing district". Passed the House on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 60-48. Passed the Senate on 1/3/2013 with a vote of 54-0.  House concurs with SA 1 and SA 4 on 1/7/2013.

Last Action: 1/7/2013 Passed Both Houses

HB 4193 (Madigan, M.) - Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Department of Central Management Services.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4239 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the chief county assessment officer may require certain conditions to be met when granting a General Homestead Exemption. Provides that certain provisions of Public Act 97-557 requiring collectors to either (i) employ an automated bidding system that is programmed to accept the lowest redemption price bid by an eligible tax purchaser or (ii) digitally record all tax sales with video and audio take effect January 1, 2013. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 5/23/2012 with a vote of 113-0. Passed the Senate on 6/1/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/28/2012 Public Act 97-1125

HB 4242 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates an assessment freeze for properties containing a residential structure that has been rebuilt following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2012 or any taxable year thereafter. Provides that the amount of the reduction is the equalized assessed value of the residence in the taxable year for which application is made minus the equalized assessed value of the residence in the taxable year prior to the taxable year in which the natural disaster occurred, plus the first year's equalized assessed value of any added improvements which increased the assessed value of the residence after the base year. Provides that, to be eligible for the exemption: (i) the residential structure must be rebuilt within 2 years after the natural disaster; and (ii) the square footage of the rebuilt residential structure may not be more than 110% of the square footage of the original residential structure as it existed immediately prior to the natural disaster. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/30/2012 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 57-1. House concurred with Senate Committee Amendment 1 on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 113-0.

Last Action: 6/29/2012 Public Act 97-716

HB 4246 (Currie, B.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning downstate police.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4484 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that an employee shall reimburse the employer for the actual costs incurred by the employer for an independent medical examination if the employee has notice of the examination appointment, does not attend the examination, and does not cancel the examination appointment in a timely manner.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4518 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning downstate teachers.

Last Action: 1/31/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4519 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning State universities.

Last Action: 1/31/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4524 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Provides that the definition of "land", excludes a dwelling on the property immediately adjacent to and surrounding such dwelling that is primarily used for activities associated with the occupancy of the dwelling as a living space (instead of excluding residential buildings or residential property). In the definition of "recreational or conservation purpose": adds "any recreational pursuit or activity engaged in for the purpose of exercise, relaxation, sport, pleasure, or education"; and deletes "any activity solely related to hunting or recreational shooting". Adds to the definition of "charge" a nominal fee requested by the owner for the purpose of defraying the cost of maintaining the land. Provides that the Act does not limit any liability which otherwise exists for an injury on the land if the owner requests a nominal fee for purposes of maintaining the land. Makes other changes.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4532 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Charitable Trust Act. Reduces from $200 to $50 the fee required upon re-registration after cancellation of registration of a trust or organization that by law is required to be registered.

Last Action: 1/31/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4537 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to wages paid to all laborers, workers, and mechanics employed by or on behalf of a public body engaged in a public works project with a total cost of $20,000 or less if the public body notifies the Department of Labor of each project for which the waiver is used within 60 days of commencing the project. Provides that the Department shall make available a form with which public bodies may make this notification. Provides that the Department shall submit an annual report detailing the number of projects engaged using the waiver in the preceding year, the total number of employees engaged in those projects, the total cost of those projects without using prevailing wage standards, the total cost of those projects using prevailing wage standards, and any other information the Department deems appropriate.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that the exclusion of projects having a cost of $20,000 or less applies only to the extent permitted under federal law and regulations.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4562 (Riley, A.) - Amends the Park District Code. Provides that the Board may appoint an assistant secretary and an assistant treasurer, and if the secretary or treasurer are unable to perform their duties, then the assistant secretary or treasurer, as applicable, shall perform those duties. Further provides that the assistant secretary and assistant treasurer need not be members of the Board. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/21/2012 with a vote of 106-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 55-0-1.

Last Action:7/6/2012 Public Act 97-758

HB 4564 (Feigenholtz, S.) - Amends the Counties Code. Authorizes the county board in a county with a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants to require any taxing district, by ordinance, to provide the county or a designated county agency with detailed information. Sets forth the type of information that may be reported. Further provides that if a taxing district fails to comply with the reporting requirements, then the county board may require the county collector to withhold payment of any and all moneys due to the district until the detailed information has been received. Makes conforming changes in the Property Tax Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4576 (Moffitt, D.) - Creates the Interstate Mutual Aid Act. Authorizes the State and units of local government to enter into mutual aid agreements with units of government from another state to provide for the coordination of communications, training, response to, and stand-by for planned events and emergency responses between the units of government. Contains provisions concerning licenses and certifications, liability, and employee benefits.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4586 (Davis, W.) - Amends the Illinois Youth and Young Adult Employment Act of 1986. Changes the short title to the Illinois Veteran, Youth, and Young Adult Conservation Jobs Act. Defines "managing supervisor" and "veteran". Provides that funding for the Act shall be from any State or federal funds or grants or other funding received by the Department of Natural Resources. Provides that the Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps shall be limited to citizens of the State who at the time of enrollment are 18 through 25 years of age and who are unemployed and the Illinois Veteran Conservation Corps shall be limited to citizens of the State who are unemployed veterans. Provides that the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps programs shall provide conservation or recreational opportunities and the Illinois Veteran Recreation Corps is established to make grants to local sponsors to provide wages to veterans of any age operating and instructing in conservation or recreational programs. Provides that the ratio of youth and veteran employees enrollees to a managing supervisor must not be less than 10 to one for any local sponsor with a total number of youth and veteran employee enrollees of 10 or more, and that any local sponsor program with a total number of youth and veteran employee enrollees of less than 10 must be limited to one managing supervisor. Makes other changes. Also amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, and the Clerks of Courts Act. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 2/28/2012 with a vote of 117-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 59-0.

Last Action: 7/5/2012 Public Act 97-738

HB 4596 (Durkin, J.) (Haine, W.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from the Act's copying and disclosure requirements records in the possession of any public body created in the course of administrative enforcement proceedings, and records in the possession of any law enforcement or correctional agency for law enforcement purposes, to the extent that disclosure would obstruct an ongoing criminal investigation by a law enforcement agency that is not the recipient of the request when the recipient agency possesses such record only because it maintains a multi-jurisdictional police data management system which receives information in the form of data and documents relating to law enforcement investigations. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/27/2012 with a vote of 114-0.

Last Action: 4/11/2012 Assigned to Senate Executive

HB 4604 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that in municipalities with a population of less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, bonds shall not be issued until the proposition to issue the bonds has been submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters of the municipality voting upon the proposition at a regular election. Sets forth requirements concerning the notice and form of the proposition.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4606 (May, K.) - Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that effective January 1, 2013, licensed day care centers, licensed day care homes, and licensed group day care homes shall have the facility tested for radon at least once every 3 years. Provides that effective January 1, 2014, as part of an initial application or application for renewal of a license for day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shall require proof the facility has been tested within the last 3 years for radon. Provides that the report of the most current radon measurement shall be posted in the facility next to the license issued by the Department. Effective January 1, 2013.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Further amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that with the report concerning the most current radon measurements, a specific statement shall be included which specifies that every parent or guardian is notified that the facility has performed radon measurements to ensure the health and safety of the occupants and includes that the statement shall contain information about the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's recommendations that all residential homes be tested for radon and corrective actions be taken at a specified level and contact information for a parent or guardian to seek additional information either about the facility or regarding radon. Amends the Illinois Radon Awareness Act. Requires disclosure of only the most current (rather than all) records and reports pertaining to elevated radon concentrations within the dwelling. Effective January 1, 2013. Passed the House on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 67-39-3. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 52-6.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 97-981

HB 4607 (Cole, S.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code, Amends the definition of "employee" to exclude persons whose employment does not benefit the public. Also includes technical changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4608 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for all taxing districts located in whole or in part within a county with a population between 300,000 and 400,000, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or the rate of increase approved by voters). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4622 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that revenue generated by specified tax levies may not be used to finance employees' contributions for Federal Social Security taxes. Removes provisions requiring participating municipalities and participating instrumentalities to pay into the Fund employee contributions for Federal Social Security taxes. Makes other technical changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Amends the State Universities Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Makes administrative and technical changes and corrects terminology relating to participants and annuitants, disability and disability retirement benefits, calculation of interest, and termination of employment. Extends from 90 to 180 days the period in which a participant in the portable benefit package may elect an optional form of retirement benefit. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/2/2012 with a vote of 110-0. Passed the Senate on 5/15/2012 with a vote of 55-0-1.

Last Action: 8/10/2012 Public Act 97-933

HB 4643 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Park District Code. Prohibits a park district from knowingly employing a minor who has been adjudicated as committing any of the following offenses: (i) unlawful use of weapons, (ii) a violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, (iii) a violation of certain provisions of the Cannabis Control Act, (iv) a forcible felony, (v) a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or (vi) a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor. Provides that the Illinois Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the Illinois criminal history records database to ascertain if a minor applicant being considered for employment with a park district has been adjudicated as committing specified offenses. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. In provisions concerning the confidentiality of the law enforcement records of minors, provides that the president of a park district may have access to specified records of a minor who is applying for employment with the park district. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4648 (Hatcher, K.) - Amends the Election Code to provide for the recall of local elected officials. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4657 (Cavaletto, J.) - Creates the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act and amends the Election Code. Provides for the forfeiture to the State of Illinois of proceeds and profits derived through violations of the statutes concerning intimidation by public officials, bribery, or providing, attempting, offering to provide or soliciting, accepting, or attempting to accept a kickback, or including, directly or indirectly, the amount of any kickback prohibited in the contract price charged by a subcontractor to a prime contractor or a higher tier subcontractor or in the contract price charged by a prime contractor to any unit of State or local government for a public contract a kickback. Provides for distribution of the proceeds from forfeited property. Includes a continuing appropriation to the Department of State Police.

Last Action: 2/1/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 4658 (Cavaletto, J.) - Amends the State Employee Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for service on or after July 1, 2012, "compensation" does not include any overtime pay payable to an employee for personal services performed in excess of the full normal working period for his or her position. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Also excludes from compensation imputed income from group health insurance and payments for travel vouchers that are submitted late.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4666 (Burke, K.) - Amends the General Assembly and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the manner in which highest salary for annuity purposes, final average salary, automatic annual increases, and survivor benefits are calculated for persons who first become participants of either system on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Also makes technical changes. Passed the House on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 107-0-2.

Last Action: 12/4/2012 Placed on House Calendar Order of Concurrence

HB 4687 (Pihos, S.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that any required agenda must be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the items that will be considered or will be the subject of final action at the meeting. Requires the public body conducting a public meeting to ensure that at least one copy of any requested notice and agenda for the meeting is continuously available for public review during the entire 48-hour period preceding the meeting.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that posting of the notice and agenda on a website that is maintained by the public body satisfies the requirement for continuous posting. Specifies that if a notice or agenda is not continuously available for the full 48-hour period due to actions outside of the control of the public body, then that lack of availability does not invalidate any meeting or action taken at a meeting.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 3
Requires the posted agenda to set forth the general subject matter of any resolution or ordinance that will be the subject of final action at the meeting (rather than to be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the items that will be considered or will be the subject of final action at the meeting). Passed the House on 3/8/2012 with a vote of 104-10. Passed the Senate on 5/16/2012 with a vote of 55-0. House concurred with Senate Committee Amendment No. 3 on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 118-0.

Last Action: 7/19/2012 Public Act 97-827

HB 4690 (Pihos, S.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that beginning with the 2014 registration year, the Secretary of State (instead of the General Assembly) may authorize the issuance of special plates. Provides that the Secretary may not issue a new series of special plates unless enough applications have been received to offset the cost of producing the special plate. Provides that if a special plate is authorized to raise funds for a specific cause and the Secretary has not received the required number of applications within 2 years of date the plate is approved, the Secretary may revoke its approval of the new special plate. Provides that the Secretary shall notify all law enforcement officials of the design, color, and other special features of any new plates it issues. Provides, with exceptions, that the new provisions shall not affect the issuance or reissuance of special plates in existence on the effective date of the amendatory Act or the Secretary's discretion to made special designations in relation to certain categories of plates. Provides that revenues from special plates shall only benefit designated charitable entities, which must be in compliance with specified requirements. Provides that in the case of a failure to comply with the requirements, the special plates shall be discontinued and any undisbursed funds collected from the sale of plates authorized for that organization shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund. Provides that if fewer than 1,000 sets of any special plate are actively registered for 2 consecutive calendar years, the Secretary may discontinue the issuance of that special plate and that discontinued plates shall be recalled and that owners of vehicles which were registered with recalled plates shall not be charged a reclassification or sticker replacement plate fee upon the issuance of new plates.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 Tabled By Sponsor Rep. Sandra Pihos

HB 4701 (Mussman, M.) - Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Adds personnel of institutions of higher education, athletic program personnel, and early intervention providers to the list of mandated reporters under the Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4724 (Cassidy, K.) - Creates the Illinois Family and Medical Leave Act. Contains provisions similar to those in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Contains provisions concerning applicability and coordination.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4750 (Cross, T.) - Creates the Local Government Consolidation and Reform Act of 2012. Contains only a short title provision.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4752 (Winters, D.) - Amends the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Authorizes a forest preserve district that is adjacent to any portion of the Rock River, and that is within a county that is bordered by a county with a forest preserve district that is also adjacent to any portion of the Rock River, to levy taxes for general corporate purposes for a fiscal year at a rate not to exceed .15% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property within the district. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/23/2012 Lost 44-59

HB 4787 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning construction of the Act.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4867 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the General Assembly.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4869 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4876 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Park District Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning airports.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4940 (Sacia, J.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the holder of a certificate of purchase does not record the tax deed within one year after the date of the court finding that the time for redemption has expired (instead of the date when the time for redemption expires), then the certificate or deed is void with no right to reimbursement. Requires substantial compliance with a Section of the Code concerning notice of sale and redemption. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 63-47. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 48-0.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4975 (Mulligan, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Authorizes a mayor who deems that mob action is likely to occur at an event hosted by the municipality to: (i) enter into agreements with the necessary law enforcement agencies to deputize law enforcement personnel; (ii) change the fines for resisting a police officer or aiding escape; (iii) amend the hours that public parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces are open; and (iv) execute limited agreements with public and private entities for goods or services for security and logistics. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 4996 (Biss, D.) (Steans, H.) - Amends the State Universities Article of the Illinois Pension Code concerning annuitants who return to employment. Requires notification and documentation of persons receiving a retirement annuity who are employed by university and community college employers. Defines "affected annuitant" as a person who, while receiving a retirement annuity, has been employed by a university or community college employer for more than 18 paid months and has received earnings in one academic year of more than 40% of his or her highest annual rate of earnings. Provides that the employer of an affected annuitant must pay to the System an employer contribution equal to the annuitant's annual retirement annuity. Provides procedures, payment deadlines, and penalties for noncompliance. Provides an exception for an annuitant who is paid only from federal, foundation, or trust funds that are contingent upon the employment of that specific annuitant. Authorizes the System to audit employers. Extends from 90 to 180 days the period in which a participant in the portable benefit package may elect an optional form of retirement benefit. Also makes administrative and technical changes and corrects terminology relating to participants and annuitants, disability and disability retirement benefits, calculation of interest, and termination of employment. Effective July 1, 2012.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
In language relating to compensation paid from federal, foundation, or trust funds, removes the condition that the funding is contingent upon the employment of a specific annuitant. Makes other changes relating to the employer's required notice to the System, the certification of records by the System, and the calculation of interest. Passed the House on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 112-0-2. Passed the Senate on 5/28/2012 with a vote of 52-0. House concurred with SA 1 and SA2 on 5/31/2012 with a vote of 115-0-2.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Public Act 97-968

HB 4997 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a unit of local government or the Department of Transportation shall authorize the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles or both on rural roads under its jurisdiction if the unit of local government or Department determines that the public safety will not be jeopardized. Provides that before permitting the operation of all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles on rural roads, a unit of local government or the Department must consider the volume, speed, and character of traffic on the roadway and determine whether all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles may safely travel on or cross the roadway. Provides that appropriate signs shall be posted on rural roads where the operation of all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles is permitted. Provides that if a roadway is under the jurisdiction of more than one unit of government, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles may not be operated on the roadway unless each unit of government agrees and takes action as provided in this amendatory Act. Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5038 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Excludes from the scope of the Act the removal of trees and limbs along roadways and parkways when that work is not part of other construction. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5044 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Governmental Account Audit Act, Counties Code, and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that all specified governmental units, counties, and municipalities must submit specified reports with the Comptroller electronically, and the Comptroller must post the reports on the internet no later than 45 days after they are received. Provides that the county board of any county (now, counties having a population of over 10,000 but less than 500,000) shall be required to perform an annual audit on funds and accounts of the county, which shall be filed with the Office of the Comptroller. Provides that the requirement concerning electronic filing may be waived if sufficient evidence is provided to the Comptroller that the report cannot be filed electronically. Sets forth posting requirements and penalties for delinquent reports. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule units. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/23/2012 with a vote of 107-0.

Last Action: 3/26/2012 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 5045 (Bradley, J.) - Amends the State Comptroller Act. Authorizes the State Comptroller to create, administer, manage, and operate a supplemental employee deferral plan to supplement and enhance the retirement income of employees of public school districts and community colleges. Sets forth the requirements for a supplemental employee deferral plan.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5049 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purposes of the definition of 33 1/3%, the fair cash value of property is determined by the lesser of: (1) the Department of Revenue's sales ratio studies for the 3 most recent years preceding the assessment year; or (2) the valuation of the property in the prior year (under the current law, the fair cash value is based on the sales ratio studies).

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5063 (Poe, R.) - Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In provisions that are applicable to certain new hires: (i) reduces the minimum age at which a participant is entitled to an unreduced retirement annuity and the annual increases in retirement annuity from 67 to 62, and (ii) removes provisions concerning entitlement to a reduced retirement annuity at age 62. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5064 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the disabled veterans exemption and the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption must be reestablished every 2 years (instead of on an annual basis). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5078 (Mathias, S.) (Harmon, D.) - Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Provides that an elected county official is prohibited from holding elected office in another unit of local government, if there is a disqualifying contractual relationship between the county and the other unit of local government. Provides that a general contractual relationship that is available to other units of local government in that county is not a disqualifying contract. Prohibits any person who holds elected office in a unit of local government from entering into an additional elected office in another unit of local government if he or she is: (i) earning service credit under the Pension Code as a result of holding the first elected office and (ii) will earn service credit under the Pension Code as a result of simultaneously holding the second elected office. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/8/2012 with a vote of 61-47-1. Passed the Senate on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 31-18.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5081 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the alternative general homestead exemption applies on a permanent basis and increases the amount of the exemption to $60,000 for taxable year 2011 and thereafter. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5085 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Increases the general homestead exemption to $7,500 beginning in taxable year 2012 (now, the general homestead exemption is $6,000 for taxable years 2009 and thereafter). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5086 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purposes of the definition of 33 1/3%, the fair cash value of property is determined by the lesser of: (1) the Department of Revenue's sales ratio studies for the 3 most recent years preceding the assessment year; or (2) the valuation of the property in the year immediately preceding the assessment year (under the current law, the fair cash value is based on the sales ratio studies). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5089 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Statewide Grand Jury Act. Provides that a Statewide Grand Jury may be convened to investigate violations of offenses involving the corruption of a public official, including theft, fraud, extortion or the Official Misconduct Article and the Public Contracts Article of the Criminal Code of 1961.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5096 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Defines as a prohibited political activity the wearing or displaying of items expressing support for or against a candidate or referendum question while registering voters as a deputy registrar or assisting persons in completing mail-in voter registration applications. Defines a "candidate" to include candidates for federal and local offices as well as State offices.

Last Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5102 (Saviano, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Exempts special purpose extensions made by any taxing district for payment of that district's share of the amounts required to be contributed to any pension fund created under the Illinois Pension Code from the definition of "aggregate extension". Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5103 (Saviano, A.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that special purpose extensions made by any taxing district for the payment of costs associated with an unfunded mandate required by the State for which the taxing district is not directly reimbursed are not included in the definition of aggregate extension. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5119 (Rosenthal, W.) - Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that conservation practice cost-share grants from the Partners for Conservation Fund may be made to livestock operations. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5120 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Extends an abatement for the residence of a surviving spouse of a fallen police officer or rescue worker to the following individuals: (i) any citizen or resident of the United States dying while on active duty in a combat zone or dying because of wounds, disease, or injury suffered while serving in a combat zone; (ii) any terrorist victim specified in Section 692 of the Internal Revenue Code; or (iii) any astronaut whose death occurs in the line of duty.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5127 (Watson, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in assessment year 2012, the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption shall be granted on a pro-rata basis if the property is first used as a qualified residence after January 1 of the assessment year. Provides that the amount of the pro-rata exemption is the amount of the annual exemption divided by 365 and multiplied by the number of days during the assessment year the property is occupied as a residence by a qualified disabled veteran. Provides that the chief county assessment officer must adopt reasonable procedures to establish eligibility for this pro-rata exemption. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5128 (Watson, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that a veteran's surviving spouse is eligible for the disabled veterans' standard homestead exemption if the veteran would have qualified for the benefit but died before October 12, 2007. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5135 (Hays, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a reduction for property that is owned and occupied as the principal residence of the surviving spouse of a veteran who is killed in the line of duty. Provides that the reduction is $5,000 for the taxable year in which the veteran dies and $5,000 for the next taxable year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules

HB 5147 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires the county clerk to abate a percentage of the property taxes levied on each parcel of property that is owned and used exclusively as a home by a disabled veteran, or the spouse or unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran. Provides that the percentage of taxes to be abated is equal to the percentage of disability of the veteran. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5163 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Provides that bonds that have been refunded shall not be considered to be indebtedness for the purposes of any statutory or other debt limitation if the refunded bonds are secured by and to be paid as to principal, interest, and premium from an escrow account that is invested in certain obligations and is determined to be sufficient for the timely payment of principal and interest on the refunded bonds. Provides that any governmental unit may deposit cash into an escrow account to be held uninvested for the purpose of refunding or providing for the payment of principal, interest, and premium on its bonds.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5177 (Mell, D.) - Amends the Election Code. Extends the grace period for the registration of voters to until the 3rd day (now, the 7th day) before the primary or election. Provides that the period for early voting by personal appearance begins the 18th day (now, the 22nd day) before the election and extends through the 3rd day (now, the 5th day) before the election. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5181 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that a "candidate political committee", "political action committee", or "ballot initiative committee" means a committee that makes contributions or makes expenditures during any 12-month period in an aggregate amount exceeding $5,000 (now, exceeding $3,000) on behalf of a candidate, on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate, or related to any question of public policy to be submitted to the electors, respectively. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5184 (Poe, R.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Specifies that in order to be eligible for a surviving spouse annuity, the spouse of the annuitant must meet a specific eligibility requirement no matter whether the annuitant was in service on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or the effective date of Public Act 87-850. Removes a provision that requires survivor annuities to be offset by workers' compensation benefits. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5186 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the School Code and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Allows school boards and local public entities to levy a tort immunity tax for the purpose of paying judgments and settlements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 and the Environmental Protection Act until December 31, 2014 (instead of December 31, 2010).

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5191 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that an application for absentee ballot must be received by the election authority not less than 7 days (now, 5 days) prior to the election. Provides that a proper application to vote on the premises of a licensed nursing home must be made to the election authority not later than 7 days (now, 5 days) prior to the election. Provides that a special application by a non-registered resident temporarily absent from the county for an absentee ballot to vote for president and vice-president only must be made to the election authority not less than 7 days (now, 5 days) before the election. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5192 (Zalewski, M.) - Creates the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act of 2012. Creates the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal. Provides that the Tribunal may exercise its jurisdiction on and after July 1, 2013. Provides that the Governor shall appoint a Chief Administrative Law Judges and up to 3 additional Administrative Law Judges, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Provides that the Tribunal shall have original jurisdiction over the hearing and determination of questions of law and fact arising from certain decisions of the Department of Revenue. Provides that the jurisdiction of the Tax Tribunal is limited to Notices of Tax Liability, Notices of Deficiency, Notices of Claim Denial, and Notices of Penalty Liability where the amount at issue in a notice, or the aggregate amount at issue in multiple notices issued for the same tax year or audit period, exceeds $15,000, exclusive of penalties and interest. Contains provisions concerning notice, hearings, and judicial review. Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes. Amends the Open Meetings Act to exclude the Tribunal from the definition of "public body". Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide that certain confidential material is not subject to inspection and copying. Repeals the current Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3
Limits the authority of the Tax Tribunal to issuing final decisions (currently final and interlocutory decisions). Removes date-specific references for matters not under the jurisdiction of the Tax Tribunal. Clarifies that a taxpayer may file either a petition or a protest. Passed the House on 5/26/2012 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 6/1/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/28/2012 Public Act 97-1129

HB 5200 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure by deleting certain provisions concerning joint and several liability and adding language providing, except as otherwise provided, that: in specified types of actions, each defendant found liable is liable for only that percentage of the plaintiff's damages that represents the fault chargeable to that defendant in the comparison of the plaintiff's fault with the fault of all tortfeasors whose fault was a proximate cause of the death, injury, loss, or damage for which recovery is sought; and, except when the plaintiff is barred from recovering damages because the plaintiff's fault is more than 50% of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which recovery is sought, the plaintiff is barred from recovering damages from a defendant in excess of the amount of damages obtained by applying the percentage of fault of that defendant to the amount of the plaintiff's damages and no defendant is jointly and severally liable for plaintiff's damages. Deletes or repeals all of the following provisions of the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act: if the obligation of one or more joint tortfeasors is uncollectable, the remaining tortfeasors shall share the unpaid portions of the uncollectable obligation in accordance with their pro rata liability; if equity requires, the collective liability of some as a group shall constitute a single share; and a plaintiff's right to recover the full amount of his or her judgment from any one or more defendants subject to liability in tort for the same injury to person or property, or for wrongful death, is not affected by the provisions of the Act.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5201 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that an employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time or any form of paid leave time to serve as an election judge.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Adds provisions to the introduced bill amending the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Specifies that the State Board of Elections does not qualify as a public employer under the Act. Provides that employees of the State Board of Elections do not qualify as public employees under the Act. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/28/2012 with a vote of 97-15.

Last Action: 7/1/2012 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b)/Referred to Assignments

HB 5202 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that a person who (i) filed a statement of candidacy as an established political party's candidate at a general primary or (ii) voted at an established political party's general primary may not file a statement of candidacy as an independent candidate or as a different party's candidate at the immediately following general election. A person may file a statement of candidacy for a partisan office as a qualified primary voter of an established political party regardless of any prior filing of candidacy for a partisan office or voting the ballot of an established political party at any prior election. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5203 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that 2 or more petitions filed within the last hour of the filing deadline shall be deemed filed simultaneously. Passed the House on 3/21/2012 with a vote of 106-0. Passed the Senate on 5/25/2012 with a vote of 54-2.

Last Action: 8/21/2012 Public Act 97-1044

HB 5205 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Provides that, whenever a governmental unit has been granted the power or authority to issue bonds, the governmental unit may incur debt provided that the governmental unit shall first make a finding that the particular instrument of indebtedness selected is the most cost-effective means and is the most appropriate method for the particular purpose for which the funds are to be used. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5212 (Krezwick, C.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a public body may make required notifications regarding revisions in the prevailing rate of hourly wages by publishing an ordinance or resolution stating the public body's adherence to the prevailing wage requirements and posting a link with the revised rate schedule on the public body's official website.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Revises manner of notification of changes in prevailing wage by public bodies. Provides that a public body or other entity shall notify contractors and subcontractors of changes in prevailing wage rates. Provides that the notification requirement shall be met by including in the contract that the prevailing rate is established by Department of Labor and is available on the Department's official website. Passed the House on 3/26/2012 with a vote of 107-4. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/15/2012 Public Act 97-964

HB 5221 (Pritchard, R.) (Silverstein, I.) - Amends the Income Withholding for Support Act. Provides that an income withholding notice must state a payor's duties and possible penalties in bold face type. Provides that a payor is subject to a $100 per day penalty if he or she willfully (instead of knowingly) fails to withhold the amount designated in an income withholding notice or to pay any amount withheld to the State Disbursement Unit within 7 business days. Provides that an action to collect a penalty from a payor may not be brought more than one year after the date of the payor's alleged failure to withhold or pay income. Provides that if an obligee who is receiving income withholding payments does not receive a payment required under the income withholding notice, the obligee must give written notice of the non-receipt to the payor. Provides that the notice must include the date on which the obligee believes the payment was to have been made and the amount of the payment and must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. Provides that after receiving a written notice of non-receipt of payment, a payor must, within 14 days thereafter, either (i) notify the obligee of the reason for the non-receipt of payment or (ii) make the required payment, together with interest at the rate of 9% calculated from the date on which the payment of income should have been made. Provides that a payor who fails to comply with this provision is subject to the $100 per day penalty provided under the Act. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Restores existing law providing that a payor is subject to a $100 per day penalty if he or she knowingly (instead of willfully) fails to withhold the amount designated in an income withholding notice or to pay any amount withheld to the State Disbursement Unit within 7 business days. Passed the House on 3/27/2012 with a vote of 107-5-1. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 55-0.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 97-994

HB 5300 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Public Funds Deposit Act. Provides that a depository institution that intends to close, relocate, or consolidate a branch location that impacts a low-income, moderate-income, or economically depressed urban or rural community must comply with certain advance notice and hearing requirements. Provides for the State Treasurer to hold a public hearing and determine whether it is in the best interests of the State to allow the closing, relocation, or consolidation. If the institution does not abide with a determination by the State Treasurer adverse to the institution's intent, then it may not receive or retain deposits of public funds. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5301 (Ford, L.) - Creates the Internet Access Records Act. Provides that any person providing computers to the public for access to the internet in exchange for a fee paid in cash must request to see an Identification Card in order to record the personal information of every person using the provided computer to access the internet. Provides that records shall be maintained for one year. Provides exemptions for libraries and other organizations requiring membership for computer access. Provides that any person violating any provision the Act is guilty of a petty offense coupled with specified fines.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5313 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that the Code shall not apply to contracts for services to public institutions of higher education (now, to Northern Illinois University) by a person, acting as an independent contractor who is selected by negotiation for the purpose of providing educational (now, non-credit educational) services. Provides that determinations by a public institution of higher education related to its ability to adequately fulfill its academic and research missions shall be made in writing by the institution. Makes changes to provisions concerning notice and hearing requirements for sole source procurements and emergency purchases. Provides that a public institution of higher education may accept modified vendor qualifications if it determines that failure to accept such modified qualifications may impair its ability to adequately fulfill its academic and research missions. Provides that certain statements are exempt from reporting requirements for procurement communications. Provides that a State employee who knowingly and intentionally violates the reporting requirements for procurement communications may (rather than shall) be subject to suspension or discharge. Amends the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act. Provides that joint purchases under that Act shall be made by competitive selection (rather than competitive bids). Provides that a public institution of higher education may purchase property, supplies, and services jointly with governmental or other entities, where such joint purchasing is in the best interests of the institution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5315 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Authorizes a commissioner of a drainage district or a director of a soil and water conservation district to satisfy the training requirements of the Act through an alternative training arrangement. Sets forth requirements for the alternative course of training. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 78-32. Passed the Senate on 1/3/2013 with a vote of 53-0-1

Last Action: 1/03/2013 Passed Both Houses

HB 5316 (Winters, D.) - Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that in the counties of Ogle, Rock Island, Whiteside, and Winnebago, a person riding a bicycle is an intended and permitted user of any highway in Illinois except for a highway on which bicycle use has been specifically prohibited by law and the prohibition is indicated by appropriate signage. Provides that the new language does not create liability for any public entity for the failure to remedy any surface condition of a highway that caused injury to a person riding a bicycle if that surface condition is not hazardous to a passenger car. Provides that, except as expressly provided by law, the new language does not impose an obligation to further improve existing highways or to maintain them to a higher standard for bicyclists. Provides that the new provisions are repealed 3 years after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5338 (May, K.) - Amends the Election Code. Removes language providing that an independent expenditure made in connection, consultation, or concert with a public official or candidate shall be considered a contribution. Provides that an expenditure is independent of a candidate or political committee if and only if it meets certain conditions. Provides that any person other than a natural person or political committee who makes an independent expenditure supporting or opposing a public official or candidate that, alone or in combination with any other independent expenditure made by the person supporting or opposing that public official or candidate during any 12-month period, equals an aggregate value of at least $3,000 shall file a written disclosure with the State Board of Elections within 2 business days of meeting or exceeding the $3,000 threshold. Provides that a natural person, or any person other than a natural person or political committee, who makes a written disclosure with the Board shall have a continuing obligation to report further expenditures in $1,000 increments. Removes language providing that any entity other than a natural person that makes expenditures in an aggregate amount exceeding $3,000 during any 12-month period supporting or opposing a public official or candidate must organize as a political committee. Provides that the Board may impose a fine for violations of the provisions concerning independent expenditures.

Last Action: 2/8/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5340 (Beiser, D.) - Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Denies home rule powers to require firearm training and instruction or to otherwise regulate the ownership or possession of firearms. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5350 (Mitchell, B.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. With respect to the 5 State-funded retirement systems, provides that final passage of a bill changing the State contribution formula requires the affirmative vote of 3/5 of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5351 (Mitchell, B.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. With respect to the 5 State-funded retirement systems, provides that each system's certification of the required State contribution for Fiscal Year 2014 shall include, in addition to the amount otherwise calculated for FY2014, an amount certified by the Board to be necessary to bring the total contributions of the State to the system for Fiscal Years 1996 through 2012 up to the level that would have been contributed if the State had complied throughout that period with the contribution formula as originally enacted in Public Act 88-593, plus an amount representing the system's lost investment earnings resulting from the delayed payment of those contributions. Also includes revisory changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5356 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning refunds for erroneous assessments or overpayments, provides that, in Cook County, a claim for refund is allowed if the application is filed after September 1, 2011 (instead of between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2012) and the right to a refund arose more than 5 years prior to the date the application is filed but not earlier than January 1, 2000. Removes a provision limiting the total amount of taxes and interest that may be refunded for applications filed more than 5 years after the right to a refund arose. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5366 (Reis, D.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public works" does not include conservation projects or practices on private land paid for wholly or in part out of public funds. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5372 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Includes snow plowing within the definition of the term "public works". Requires that the prevailing rate of hourly wages be paid by a public body to workers engaged in snow plowing. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule powers under the Prevailing Wage Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5377 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code in relation to the 5 State-funded retirement systems. Decreases annual increases (COLAs) for certain persons who first became participants before January 1, 2011 and did not begin to receive a retirement annuity before the effective date of this amendatory Act. Provides that the automatic annual increases shall be (1) 3% of the first $50,000 of the annual total annuity payable at the time of the increase, and (2) if the annual total annuity payable at the time of the increase exceeds $50,000, a percentage of that excess equal to the lesser of 3% or one-half of the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5378 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5390 (Burke, D.) - Amends the Chicago Park District Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that beginning January 1, 2013, the fiscal year of the Park Employees' and Retirement Board Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund will run from January 1 to December 31 (instead of July 1 to June 30). Makes corresponding changes in other provisions of the Article. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5439 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In Sections granting the following homestead exemptions: a returning veterans' homestead exemption; a disabled persons' homestead exemption; a senior citizens homestead exemption; a senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption; a general homestead exemption; and a long-time occupant homestead exemption, provides that homestead property does not include certain leasehold interests in property.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5457 (Reboletti) - Amends the State Comptroller Act. Creates a provision allowing the Comptroller to establish and conduct a training and certification program for Tax Increment Finance administrators. Sets forth requirements of the program. Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires the name and identification number of a redevelopment project area where the property is located and a State Internet website address with information on tax increment financing to be printed on specified bills. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that on and after January 1, 2013, the State Comptroller must post on its website specified information. Sets forth the requirements for the posting, daily charges for delinquent reports, times for filing reports, and extensions. Amends the Industrial Jobs Recovery Law of the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a municipality must electronically submit financial statements for each redevelopment project area. Further provides that, for each redevelopment project area, municipalities must also submit a list of all intergovernmental agreements in effect and an accounting of any moneys transferred or received by the municipality during that fiscal year pursuant to those intergovernmental agreements. Makes other changes. Amends the School Code. Provides that for certain school districts, the calculated local property tax revenues per pupil shall include any surplus received by the school district in the previous year from a special tax allocation fund, as provided by the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act or the Industrial Jobs Recovery Law. Effective January 1, 2013.

Last Action: 5/31/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5490 (Reboletti, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. In Sections granting the following homestead exemptions: a returning veterans' homestead exemption; a disabled persons' homestead exemption; a senior citizens homestead exemption; a senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption; a general homestead exemption; and a long-time occupant homestead exemption, provides that homestead property does not include certain leasehold interests in property.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5495 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the State Mandates Act. Provides that nothing in the amendatory Act shall override the process established under the provision of the School Code concerning the prohibition against unfunded mandates. Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal Code to provide that beginning January 1, 2015, if a county or municipality offers a 457(b) plan to its officers, employees, or both, or makes contributions to such a plan on behalf of its officers, employees, or both, then that county or municipality, and the persons acting under its authority, must act in accordance with the prudent investor rule when making plan-related decisions. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Amends the School Code to provide that beginning January 1, 2015, if a school board other than the Chicago Board of Education offers a 403(b) or 457(b) plan to its officers, employees, or both, or makes contributions to such a plan on behalf of its officers, employees, or both, then that school board, and the persons acting under its authority, must act in accordance with the prudent investor rule when making plan-related decisions. Passed the House on 3/29/2012 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 1/3/2013 with a vote of 37-15. House concurs with SA 1 and SA 5 on 1/8/2013 with a vote of 80-30-1.

Last Action: 1/08/2013 Passed Both Houses

HB 5515 (Tracy, J.) - Amends the Election Code. Makes technical changes concerning the vacancies in a forest preserve district office and notifications of vacancies in county and forest preserve district offices. Provides that notification shall be given of each established political party within 3 days of the county board meeting where the vacancy was declared, rather than within 3 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Authorizes a county board member in any county (now, in a county having fewer than 40,000 inhabitants), during his or her term of office, to concurrently hold the office of member of the board of education, regional board of school trustees, board of school directors, board of a community college district, or board of school inspectors. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5519 (Gaffney, K.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the county clerk shall abate 10% of the property taxes levied by each taxing district upon residential property owned by an active duty or retired member of the United States Armed Forces. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5526 (Mayfield, R.) - Amends the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. Provides that when a contract for services is to be awarded, a political subdivision shall give preference to a resident firm against a non-resident firm, when the non-resident firm is from a state that gives or requires a preference to firms from that state. Sets forth requirements concerning the weight of the preference. Defines "resident firm". Provides that the preference for resident firms does not apply to any contract for any project where federal funds are available when its provisions may be in conflict with federal law or regulation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5533 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Specifies that all records related to the evaluation, processing, or payment of workers' compensation claims of State employees, including medical and test reports that do not disclose the identity of the patient or claimant, are public records subject to inspection and copying in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5553 (McAuliffe, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the minimum assessed value for a home qualifying for the disabled veterans property tax exemption is $100,000 (instead of $70,000). Extends the disabled veterans standard homestead exemption to veterans who were killed in the line of duty. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5618 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5619 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5620 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5621 (Mautino, F.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Last Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5623 (Franks, J.) - Creates the Kids Play Safe Act. Declares certain conditions involving indoor play structures to be public nuisances dangerous to the public health. Provides that when a nuisance, unsanitary condition, or cause of sickness exists on private property, the county or municipal board of health or the local health department shall order the owner or occupant to remove it at his or her own expense within 24 hours. Provides that any person who violates the provisions concerning the removal of a nuisance, unsanitary condition, or cause of sickness from private property is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall pay a fine of not more than $500. Provides that (i) an owner or operator of a food establishment with an indoor play area who has knowledge of an unsanitary condition or a maintenance problem and who fails to take corrective measures within 24 hours after he or she has knowledge of the unsanitary condition or maintenance problem and (ii) a member of a board of health or an officer of a local health department who with criminal negligence fails or refuses to perform a duty established pursuant to the Act are guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. in calculating the average weekly wage with respect to employers with 50 or fewer employees, benefit pay for sick, personal, vacation, or holidays shall not be considered.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5648 (Sommer, K.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that in calculating the average weekly wage with respect to employers with 50 or fewer employees, benefit pay for sick, personal, vacation, or holidays shall not be considered.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5661 (Gordon, J.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. In the statute creating the offense of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds, defines "school grounds" to mean the property, including buildings and grounds, of a public or private elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school, or a public or private 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education; public property or property open to public use within 1,000 feet of school property; a school bus; a designated school bus stop; and public property or property open to public use which is within 1,000 feet of the school bus stop, during the time when school children are waiting to be picked up and transported to or are being dropped off from school or a school-sponsored activity. Expands the offense to include the commission of the crime in a public park. Defines "public park".

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5666 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Allows persons who first become participants on or after January 1, 2011 to elect to participate in a self-managed program of retirement benefits instead of the program of reformed retirement benefits currently offered. Provides that a self-managed plan shall authorize a participant to accumulate assets for retirement through a combination of employer and employee contributions that may be invested at the participant's direction in mutual funds, collective investment funds, or other investment products and used to purchase annuity contracts. Requires the Fund to make the self-managed plan available within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5685 (Costello, II, J.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department shall have the authority to remove any individual or group of individuals engaging in illegal activities or disorderly conduct from any lands owned, leased, or managed by the Department and any lands that are dedicated as a nature preserve or buffer area under the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act and deny future entry to the same by way of revocation or suspension of access privileges. Provides that hearings on access privileges shall be governed by administrative rule. Provides that the Department may assess a fee of up to $1,000 for the reinstatement of a suspended license, permit, registration, and other privileges that it administers in the exercise of its powers and duties under Illinois law. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/6/2012 with a vote of 107-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 38-19.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 97-1011

HB 5690 (Hernandez, E.) - Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Requires contractors to include in recording keeping the gross and net wage, hourly overtime rate, fringe benefit rates, and the sponsor and administrator of fringe benefit plans. Provides for filing of the records with the Department of Labor. Authorizes that Department to require electronic filing. Requires that Department to create and provide a form for the filing of certified payrolls. Allows any interested party to bring an action under the Act. Defines terms.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5697 (Tryon, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Requires the corporate authorities of a taxing district that is subject to the Law to adopt a limiting rate by ordinance or resolution if the percentage change in the equalized assessed value of all property within the taxing district during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year is less than the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during that same period of time. Provides that the limiting rate may not exceed the maximum rate permitted under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Contains provisions concerning notice. Provides that the rate extended for the sum of all of the funds included in the taxing district's aggregate extension may not exceed the limiting rate adopted by the taxing district. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5706 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Requires the Department of Revenue, beginning on January 1, 2013 or as soon thereafter as is practical, to offer a special instant "After-School Rescue" scratch-off game. Requires the net revenue from that game to be deposited into the After-School Rescue Fund for appropriation by the General Assembly solely to the Illinois State Board of Education for the making of grants to at-risk schools for the promotion of extracurricular and after-school programs. Authorizes the Department, after consulting with the Illinois State Board of Education, to adopt rules necessary to implement and administer the game. Defines "net revenue". Amends the State Finance Act to create the After-School Rescue Fund. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5713 (Ford, L.) - Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Provides that it is unlawful for any employer to ask any prospective employee to provide any username, password, or other related account information in order to gain access to a social networking website where that prospective employee maintains an account or profile.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5729 (Golar, E.) - Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Provides that a lower minimum wage for individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age or by physical or mental deficiency or injury may not be less than 70% of the basic minimum wage. Provides that a special license issued by the Director of Labor to provide for a lower minimum wage may be only for a period of 6 months unless granted for a longer period based upon a showing of good cause.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5745 (Phelps, B.) - Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun to an applicant that meets specified qualifications, has provided the application and specified documentation, and has submitted the requisite fees. Provides that a license to carry a handgun entitles a licensee to carry a loaded handgun, either concealed or openly, on or about his or her person or in a vehicle, except in certain prohibited locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 45 days of receipt from a sheriff and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5753 (Crespo, F.) - Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Prohibits any elected or appointed official of a unit of local government or school district whose term of office begins on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act from being a contractual lobbyist. Authorizes such a person, however, to be an exclusive lobbyist.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5754 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each retirement system that does not already have a self-managed plan to establish and maintain one. Authorizes participants to irrevocably elect to participate in the self-managed plan. Provides that, for the purpose of calculating traditional benefit package benefits and contributions, the annual salary of a participant may not, except under certain circumstances, exceed the greater of (i) the annual salary cap for new hires or (ii) the annual salary of the participant during the 365 days immediately before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Requires participation in the self-managed plan to the extent that a participant's salary exceeds the salary cap. Revises the schedule of contributions for participants. Shifts a portion of the employer contributions for downstate teachers and university employees from the State to the actual employer. Authorizes the Boards of Trustees of each system to triennially recalculate the normal cost of benefit plans offered by the systems. Defines "traditional benefit package" and "self-managed plan". Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5761 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that all property owned by the Executive Board of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System that is used for the public purpose of disaster preparedness and response is exempt from the taxes imposed by the Code.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Further amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that property that is owned by the State, a unit of local government, or a school district and leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district is exempt. Provides that those leasehold interests are also exempt from taxation under the Code or any other provision of law.
House Floor Amendment No. 2
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the House Amendment 1. Further amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if property is owned by the State, a unit of local government, or a school district, and that property is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district, then that property is exempt from taxation, and those leasehold interests are exempt from taxation. Contains provisions concerning applicability. Adds a severability clause. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Provides that property of a school that is leased to the State, a unit of local government, or a school district (now, only leases to a municipality) for governmental purposes on a not-for-profit basis is exempt and that the leasehold interest is not taxable. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/05/2012 Re-assigned to Senate Revenue

HB 5762 (Kosel, R.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Increases the maximum reduction under the General Homestead Exemption from $6,000 to $7,000 for taxable year 2012 and indexes the reduction to the Consumer Price Index. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5763 (Mathias, S.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the purposes of the definition of 33 1/3%, the fair cash value of property is determined by the lesser of: (1) the Department of Revenue's sales ratio studies for the 3 most recent years preceding the assessment year; or (2) the valuation of the property in the year immediately preceding the assessment year (under the current law, the fair cash value is based on the sales ratio studies). Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5774 (Rita, R.) - Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act in the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that after the approval by ordinance of a redevelopment plan and designation of redevelopment project area, the plan may be amended and additional properties may be added to the redevelopment project area without notice, a meeting of the joint review board, or a public hearing if (i) the amendment adds additional properties that include dilapidated public bridges owned by the municipality and (ii) the municipality approves the amendment by ordinance before October 1, 2012. Sets forth requirements concerning notice of the changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5776 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, through December 31, 2014, the assessed valuation of certain platted and subdivided property shall be determined based on the last assessed value assigned to the property prior to its last transfer or conveyance, not including the following transfers and conveyances: (i) the transfer to a holder of a mortgage pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure; (ii) the transfer to an agent or affiliate of a mortgage holder for the purposes of property management following a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or a transfer in lieu of foreclosure; or (iii) an initial sale of any platted lot. Provides that, beginning on January 1, 2015 (instead of January 1, 2012), the assessed valuation of that property shall be determined each year based on the estimated price the property would bring at a fair voluntary sale for use by the buyer for the same purposes for which the property was used when last assessed prior to its platting. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5789 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Authorizes the Department to charge an annual vehicle admission fee and daily access fee for entrance to properties owned, managed, leased, or all by the Department. Provides that the Department may charge a daily access fee to pedestrians and to owners of vehicles that do not have a current annual vehicle sticker. Provides that the Department may establish a fee for individuals who use a park without paying the annual vehicle admission fee or daily access fee. Requires revenue generated by the annual vehicle admission and daily access fees to be deposited into the State Parks Fund or Wildlife and Fish Fund. Authorizes the Department to adopt any rules necessary to implement these fees. Effective July 1, 2012. Passed the House on 3/26/2012 with a vote of 81-29.

Last Action: 5/25/2012 Senate Rule 3-9(a)/Re-referred to Assignments

HB 5790 (Winters, D.) - Amends the State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that service credit is not available for unused sick leave accumulated by a person who first participates in the System on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 Re-referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5809 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. With respect to certain types of actions, provides that for any defendant whose fault is less than 25% of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendant except the plaintiff's employer), shall be severally liable for all other damages. Provides that for any defendant whose fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendants who could have been sued by the plaintiff (instead of any third party defendants except the plaintiff's employer), shall be jointly and severally liable for all other damages.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5832 (Evans, P.) - Amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act. Provides that an owner that is a not-for-profit organization operating and remaining in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which makes its land (except for residential buildings) available for entry by the general public for any activity undertaken for conservation, resource management, education, or outdoor recreational use may register with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in order that the owner may qualify for limited liability under this Act for the land used in that manner. Provides that the Department shall create a registration page on its website to collect the following information from any 501(c)(3) entity that wishes to register its property: (i) the name and address of the owner; (ii) the 501(c)(3) organization's tax identification number; (iii) the size, address, and property identification number of the property, and (iv) the county in which the property is located. Provides that a parcel of property is deemed registered once the information is submitted to the Department. Provides that once the property is registered, the 501(c)(3) owner qualifies for the Act's limited liability until either (i) the owner notifies the Department to remove the property from the list or (ii) the owner no longer has a possessory interest in the property. Makes changes to the definitions of "land", "owner", and "recreational or conservation purpose". Provides that the changes to the Act apply only to causes of action accruing on or after January 1, 2013. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5833 (Barickman, J.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Requires the county clerk to abate the taxes levied by a school district on each parcel of qualified homestead property that is owned by a taxpayer who is 65 years of age or older and who had an annual household income of $35,000 or less for the previous taxable year. Amends the School Code. Subject to appropriation, requires the State Board of Education to reimburse each school district for any revenue lost due to the property tax abatement. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5837 (Hatcher, K.) - Amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. With respect to statements of economic interests, makes changes concerning: interests of spouses and immediate family members living with the person required to file; the development of forms by the Secretary of State that replicate federal forms; supplemental filings by board and commission appointees; electronic filing; posting of statements by the Secretary of State in a searchable database on the Internet; and training by the Secretary of State for ethics officers and persons required to file statements. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 5859 (Rose, C.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if a board of review or the Property Tax Appeal Board fails to reach a decision within 6 months after receiving the taxpayer's timely filed complaint, then the State automatically defaults under the complaint, and judgment in favor of the taxpayer shall be entered. Provides that the judgment shall be final and unappealable.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5865 (Rose, C.) - Amends the Deferred Compensation Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that to the extent that federal law or regulations have been changed to allow plans established under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code to be amended to allow designated Roth contributions and in-plan rollovers to designated Roth accounts, the Department of Central Management Services and units of local government with such plans shall within a reasonable time amend their plans accordingly. Passed the House on 3/27/2012 with a vote of 114-0. Passed the Senate on 6/1/2012 with a vote of 54-2-1.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5891 (Bost, M.) - Amends the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act. Requires the Department of Agriculture, subject to appropriation, to compile an annual registry of individuals requesting advance notice of the application of fertilizers, pesticides, or plant protectants. Authorizes an individual to seek advance notice of the application of these products to any parcels of land located on the block where that individual resides or on any blocks immediately adjacent to that block. Requires the Department, upon request, to provide a free copy of the registry to applicators for hire. Requires applicators for hire to give advance notice 12 hours before applying a fertilizer, pesticide, or plant protectant to a parcel on the list. Sets forth requirements for the notice.

Last Action: 2/21/2012 Tabled by Sponsor Rep. Mike Bost

HB 5897 (Morrison, T.) - Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Provides that in addition to all other limitations, a condemning authority other than the State may not take or damage property that is agricultural land by the exercise of the power of eminent domain for the establishment of a greenway. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5899 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Authorizes a county to, either before or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, enter into an intergovernmental agreement with any forest preserve district that exempts the district from compliance with county zoning ordinances. Effective immediately. Passed the House on 3/22/2012 with a vote of 109-0. Passed the Senate on 5/22/2012 with a vote of 56-0.

Last Action: 8/17/2012 Public Act 97-1016

HB 5900 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Counties Code. Provides that a county board in a metropolitan county located in the area served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, or Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, DeKalb, Kendall, or Boone county, that has adopted a stormwater management plan may adopt a schedule of fees applicable to real property within the county that benefits from the county's stormwater management facilities and activities. Sets forth the circumstances under which a fee schedule may be adopted and the uses for the fees. Caps the fees at the same limit as an authorized stormwater tax that has been approved by referendum in the county. Provides that the county shall give land owners at least 2 years' notice of the fee during which time the county shall provide education on green infrastructure practices and an opportunity to take action to reduce or eliminate the fee. Further provides that a fee waiver shall be included for property owners who have taken actions or put in place facilities that are approved by the county that reduce or eliminate the cost of managing runoff. Provides that the county may enter into intergovernmental agreements with other bodies of government for the joint administration of stormwater management and collection of the fees. Provides that if a county adopts a fee schedule and has existing debt repayments to make, the remainder of that debt may be paid in the same manner as all earlier payments. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/04/2012 Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 5913 (Rose, C.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not regulate the transportation of firearms and may not regulate the transportation of ammunition, components, accessories, or accoutrements for firearms. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution adopted by any unit of local government that imposes restrictions or limitations on the transportation of firearms and ammunition, components, accessories, and accoutrements of firearms in a manner other than those that are imposed by this amendatory Act are invalid and all those existing ordinances and resolutions are void. Provides that any unit of local government which is found to have violated this provision is liable for all costs, attorney's fees, actual, and treble damages. Provides that this provision is a limitation of home rule powers under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/30/2012 House Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 5931 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that arbitration panels hearing security employee, peace officer, firefighter, and paramedic disputes must not take into consideration the ability of a unit of government to raise taxes or impose new taxes when determining the financial ability of that unit of government to pay the costs associated with those employees' wages and other conditions of employment. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 2/23/2012 Referred to House Rules

HB 6003 (Madigan, M.) - Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for its FY13 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committee

HB 6037 (Madigan, M.) - Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Natural Resources for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, as follows: General Revenue Fund $45,310,000; Other State Funds $156,888,104; Federal Funds $23,605,909; Total $225,804,013.

Last Action: 7/27/2012 House Rule 19(b)/Re-referred to Rules Committees

HB 6140 (Cross, T.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Limits participation in the Teachers' Retirement System after the effective date by employees of a school board association operating in compliance with Article 23 of the School Code. Limits participation in the State Universities Retirement System after the effective date by employees of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Principals Association, Special Olympics Illinois, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, and the Association of Illinois Middle Grade Schools. Does not exclude from participation a person so employed on the effective date, for the duration of that employment. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/21/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6145 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that, in computing the compensation to be paid to an employee who, before the accident for which the employee claims compensation, had previously sustained an injury resulting in the payment of compensation for a percentage of partial disability, that percentage of partial disability shall be deducted from any award made for a subsequent injury to the same portion of the body as was involved in the prior injury for which compensation was paid; however, nothing in those provisions permits cumulative awards for compensation for partial disability to exceed 500 weeks, which shall constitute complete loss of use of the body as a whole. Provides that, for purposes of computing compensation in nonfatal cases, injuries to the shoulder shall be considered to be injuries to part of the arm and injuries to the hip shall be considered to be injuries to part of the leg and also provides that those amendatory changes are declarative of existing law and are not new enactments. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6149 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code in relation to the 5 State-funded retirement systems. For persons who first become participants on or after July 1, 2013, creates a new benefit package based on an individual "notional cash balance account" instead of the regular benefits of the systems. The plan provides for a different employee contribution rate; for retirement and survivor's annuities based on the participant's account balance; and for annual increases of the lesser of 3% or 1/2 of the annual increase in the cpi-u. Includes other provisions. Also includes conforming and technical changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2013.

Last Action: 4/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6150 (Biss, D.) - Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Establishes a program under which certain retirement system participants may elect to receive a cash payment in exchange for agreeing to an increase in the required retirement age or agreeing to give up future automatic annual benefit increases. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/10/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6157 (Senger, D.) - Amends the Chicago Municipal, Chicago Laborers, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In every affected Article, except the Chicago Teachers Article, establishes a minimum contribution that must be paid to the affected Funds by employers during each fiscal year beginning in fiscal year 2013. In the Chicago Teachers Article, changes the required minimum contribution so that the Fund is 90% funded by 2046 (rather than 2060). In the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Laborers Articles, requires the amounts that must be paid for annuities, benefits, and administrative expenses to be paid by the city (rather than by the city from the prescribed tax levy). Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective July 1, 2012.

Last Action: 4/24/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6158 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Reduces the rate of tax on motor fuel to 1.25%. Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Increases the amount of the tax to 34 cents per gallon beginning on July 1, 2012. Provides that, on July 1, 2013, and on July 1 of each year thereafter, the rate of tax shall be adjusted according to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index during the preceding 12-month calendar year. Provides that, of the proceeds collected under the Motor Fuel Tax Law, 15 cents per gallon shall be deposited into the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Makes changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In provisions concerning funding for the following systems: the General Assembly Retirement System; the State Employees' Retirement System; the State Universities Retirement System; the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois; and the Judges Retirement System of Illinois, provides that the minimum State contribution to the System for each fiscal year shall be an amount determined by the System to be sufficient to bring the total assets of the System up to 100% (instead of 90%) of the total actuarial liabilities of the System by the end of State fiscal year 2043 (instead of 2045). Provides that the State is contractually obligated to the each of those systems to pay the Annual Required State Contribution. Contains provisions requiring the systems to bring a Mandamus action in the Circuit Court of Champaign County against the State to compel the State to make any installment of the Annual Required State Contribution. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 4/24/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6163 (Durkin, J.) - Creates the Pension Benefit Increase Note Act. Requires the Division of Insurance within the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to prepare a written pension benefit increase note in relation to any bill, introduced in either house of the General Assembly, that proposes to grant a pension benefit increase. Contains provisions concerning the contents of the note; the appearance of employees of the Department before committees of the General Assembly; the effect of the Act on amendments; and the confidentiality of note-related information. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 5/3/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6198 (Kosel, R.) - Amends the Election Code. Provides that, when the religious holidays of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday occur during the early voting period, an election authority may close an early voting place on those days, provided that the early voting place remains open 2 hours later on at least 2 weekdays during the final week of the early voting period. Provides that the election authority shall notify the State Board of Elections of any closure and shall provide notice to the public of the closure and the extended hours during the final week. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6199 (Pritchard, R.) - Amends the Election Code. In a Section concerning the computing of dates of various acts allowed or required by the Election Code, provides that the definition of "State holiday" includes Christmas Eve.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6200 (Zalewski, M.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the first installment of taxes for estimated property tax bills payable in calendar year 2013 and each calendar year thereafter shall be computed at 50% (instead of 55%) of the total of each tax bill for the preceding year. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6204 (Fortner, M.) - Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Makes changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each State-funded retirement system that does not already have a self-managed plan to establish and maintain one. Authorizes participants to irrevocably elect to participate in such a plan. Provides that, for the purpose of calculating traditional benefit package benefits and contributions, the annual salary of a participant may not, except under certain circumstances, exceed certain limits. Requires participation in the self-managed plan to the extent that a participant's salary exceeds the salary cap. Revises the schedule of contributions for participants. Shifts a portion of the employer contributions for downstate teachers and university employees from the State to the actual employer. Authorizes the boards of trustees of each of these retirement systems to triennially recalculate the normal cost of benefit plans that they offer. Defines "traditional benefit package" and "self-managed plan". Changes the formula for calculating the minimum required State contribution to these systems. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to pay the annual required State contribution to these retirement systems. Contains provisions requiring these retirement systems to bring a mandamus action to compel payment of the required State contribution. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6206 (Evan, P.) - Amends the Township Code. Provides that township organization within a coterminous municipality may be discontinued and abolished upon referendum approval. Provides that, if a majority of the votes of the township are cast in favor of the proposition to discontinue and abolish the township organization, then the township organization in that township shall cease, and all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the city council or board of trustees of the municipality. Provides that city council or board of trustees of the municipality shall, by ordinance, delegate the duties and responsibilities of a township officer to any elected or appointed official of that municipality or to any employee of that municipality. Provides that the township officers of any township that is discontinued shall continue as officers of that township until the expiration of the respective terms for which they were elected or appointed. Amends the Property Tax Code, the Public Health District Act, the Illinois Public Aid Code, and the Illinois Highway Code to provide that, for a township organization that has been discontinued and has had its duties, powers, and responsibilities transferred to a coterminous municipality, the municipality shall assume the duties of the township organization or officer of the township organization, as appropriate, exercised under those Acts. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6209 (Nekitz, E.) - Amends the General Provision, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that Tier I employees and Tier I retirees must make an irrevocable election either: (1) to accept changes in eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases in retirement annuity or (2) to avoid those changes. Provides that a person who elects the first choice may have any future increases in income included as compensation and is entitled to certain healthcare benefits. Provides that a person who elects the second choice forgoes those benefits. Prohibits departments from offering to a person who elects the second choice any future increase in income in a form that would constitute compensation. Requires the System to provide information describing the consequences of making the election. Provides that, for an employee who first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, "compensation" does not include any payments for travel vouchers that are submitted late. Defines "future increase in income", "Tier I employee", and "Tier I retiree". Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and other Acts to make related changes. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6210 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the General Provision, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that Tier I employees and Tier I retirees must make an irrevocable election either: (1) to accept changes in eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases in retirement annuity or (2) to avoid those changes. Provides that a person who elects the first choice may have any future increases in income included as compensation and is entitled to certain healthcare benefits. Provides that a person who elects the second choice forgoes those benefits. Prohibits departments from offering to a person who elects the second choice any future increase in income in a form that would constitute compensation. Requires the System to provide information describing the consequences of making the election. Provides that, for an employee who first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, "compensation" does not include any payments for travel vouchers that are submitted late. Defines "future increase in income", "Tier I employee", and "Tier I retiree". Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and other Acts to make related changes. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6212 (Osmond, J.) - Amends the Park District Code. In a Section that designates certain park district board members as conservators of the peace, removes language providing that the exercise of that authority shall not permit the possession or use of firearms by those board members. Provides that those board members shall complete a training course under the Peace Officer Firearm Training Act before carrying a firearm. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 8/16/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6215 (Phelps, B.) - Amends the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act. Provides that all discretionary grant programs for the purposes of renewable energy, green initiatives, or environmental safety administered by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are terminated, and the Comptroller shall order transferred, and the Treasurer shall transfer, into the General Revenue Fund all amounts that are designated for the making of grants under those programs and that are held in a special fund.. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6219 (Kay, D.) - Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, beginning in taxable year 2012 and concluding in taxable year 2016, the county clerk shall reduce the property taxes levied by each taxing district to a level that is not greater than that taxing district's levy in the previous taxable year. Provides that the county clerk may increase or decrease the portion of a total tax levy paid by any individual taxpayer, provided that the increase or decrease in the individual taxpayer's tax bill is based solely on a change in the equalized assessed value of the taxpayer's property. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6224 (Pihos, S.) - Amends the Election Code. In a Section concerning nominations by minor political parties, provides that, in the case of consolidated elections, nomination papers shall be filed during the 7-day period beginning on the first Tuesday of December immediately preceding the consolidated election. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6230 (Turner, A.) - Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that a person who knowingly and falsely represents himself or herself to be an elected official is guilty of a Class 4 felony (rather than a Class A misdemeanor).

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6231 (Franks, J.) - Amends the Local Government Consolidation Commission Act of 2011. Extends the final report date to September 30, 2013. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 1/02/2013 Referred to Senate Assignments

HB 6237 (Harris, G.) - Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. In a Section concerning facilities for persons with severe disabilities, provides that a participating not-for-profit agency must disclose to the committee any ownership interests, operating agreements, partnerships, or other relationships that exist between the not-for-profit agency and its related for profit owners, subsidiaries, partners, or affiliates. Sets forth requirements concerning the information provided in the disclosure. Makes corresponding changes in the Section concerning application of the Code. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/4/2012  Held on House Calendar 2nd Reading

HB 6238 (Sosnowski, J.) - Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a Section prohibiting certain officers and employees of a municipality from having an interest in certain contracts does not apply to a mayor who is a member of the board of an investor-owned public service corporation. Provides that a Section prohibiting certain officers and employees of a municipality from requesting, accepting, or receiving services or employment from certain public utility owners does not apply to a mayor who is a member of an investor-owned public service corporation. In a Section prohibiting a mayor or commissioner from being an official of any public service corporation at the time he or she assumes office, provides that a member of the board of an investor-owned public service corporation is not an official of a public service corporation. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6240 (Golar, E.) - Amends the General Obligation Bond Act. Provides that an additional $4,000,000,000 in general obligation bonds is authorized to be issued and used for the purpose of making payments to bona fide creditors of the State who: (1) have submitted a bill or invoice to the State that (A) was properly approved under rules adopted under Section 3-3 of the State Prompt Payment Act prior to September 1, 2012 and (B) was not paid within 30 days after the bill or invoice was submitted to the State Comptroller; or (2) are entitled to payment from State funds if the State is more than 60 days delinquent in the payment of those funds as of September 1, 2012. Provides that the proceeds of the additional bonds shall be deposited into the State Fiscal Responsibility Fund, a special fund created in the State Treasury. Provides that the Fund is not subject to sweeps, administrative charges, or chargebacks. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Fund. Provides that proceeds from the bond sale may not be used to make contributions to pension systems. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Assigned to House Executive Committee

HB 6242 (Sacia, J.) - Amends the Local Government Employees Political Rights Act. Provides that any law enforcement officer who is elected to the Illinois General Assembly shall be granted a leave of absence without compensation during his or her term of office. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 11/09/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6247 (Flowers, M.) - Amends the High Blood Pressure Control Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall adopt rules requiring each State-owned facility, elementary and secondary public school building or campus, and public institution of higher learning to maintain onsite equipment for blood pressure monitoring and have at least one designee who is trained in the use of the blood pressure monitoring equipment. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules regarding the establishment of programs to train individuals in the use of blood pressure monitoring equipment.

Last Action: 11/14/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6254 (May, K.) - Amends the Election Code. Authorizes the voters of any unit of local government to pass, by initiative petition and referendum, a binding ordinance related to veterans. Provides that those ordinances may include measures that provide job training opportunities for veterans, veterans' employment, or other measures that enable veterans to access health services or other services and benefits.

Last Action: 12/03/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HB 6258 (Nekritz, E.) - Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Last Action: 12/05/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee

HR 795 (Kay, D.) - Directs the Auditor General to audit, examine and report on the potential for participants in the State retirement systems to earn service credit in a public retirement system for time spent at a private employer.

Last Action: 2/21/2012 Referred to House Rules Committee 

HJR 63 (Morthland, R.) - Directs the Illinois Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Henry County, Lee County, Ogle County, Rock Island County, Whiteside County, and Winnebago County, to study the creation of a trail to connect with the existing Hennepin Canal State Trail, and enhance the active recreational attractiveness profile of northwestern Illinois.

Last Action: 3/9/2012 House Resolution Adopted 99-0

HJR 93 (Flynn, B) - With respect to the amendment to the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution proposed by House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49 (which provides that no benefit increase under any public pension or retirement system may become law without a three-fifths majority vote), sets forth a brief explanation of the proposed amendment, a brief argument in favor of the amendment, a brief argument against the amendment, and the form in which the amendment will appear on the ballot. Adopted by the House on 5/30/2012 with a vote of 118-0. Adopted by the Senate on 6/1/2012 with a vote of 51-0-1.

Last Action: 6/1/2012 Adopted Both Houses

HJRCA 5 (Madigan, M.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that a bill shall not become a law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly if that bill increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that if the Governor vetoes such a bill, then it shall not become law unless it is passed, upon its return, by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that if the Governor returns such a bill with specific recommendations for change to the house in which it originated, then those recommendations may be accepted only by a record vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides that an ordinance, resolution, or other action of the governing body of any unit of local government or school district shall not be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body if that ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit under any pension or retirement system for officials or employees of that unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof. Provides that a bill, ordinance, resolution, or other action increases a benefit if it increases the amount of an existing benefit, adds a new benefit, or expands the class of persons eligible for a benefit, regardless of whether it includes an increase in contributions or a reduction in any other benefit. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 5/5/2012 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 46

HJRCA 30 (Nybo, C.) - Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Prohibits a Representative from serving more than 6 terms of office as a Representative. Prohibits a Senator from serving more than 3 terms of office as a Senator. Effective upon being declared adopted. Applies to the election of General Assembly members beginning in the first general election after the date the amendment is declared adopted.

Last Action: 5/5/2012 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 46

HJRCA 33 (Biss, D.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution concerning pension and retirement rights. Makes a technical change only. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Last Action: 5/5/2012 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 46

HJRCA 49 (Madigan, M.) - Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that no bill, except a bill for appropriations, that provides a benefit increase under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall become law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides requirements for passage if the Governor vetoes a bill or returns a bill with specific recommendations for change. Provides that no ordinance, resolution, rule, or other action of the governing body, or an appointee or employee of the governing body, of any unit of local government or school district that provides an emolument increase to an official or employee that has the effect of increasing the amount of the pension or annuity that an official or employee could receive as a member of a pension or retirement system shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body. Provides that no action of the governing body, or an appointee or employee of the governing body, of any pension or retirement system created or maintained for the benefit of officers or employees of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof that results in a beneficial determination shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body. Defines terms. Effective January 9, 2013.

Last Action: 5/3/2012 Adopted by Both Houses

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