Legislative

 Legislative Liaison Director: Sonja Faulkner League of Women Voters Glen Ellyn

Latest Report: January, 2019

  NEW STATE LAWS, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1

 More than 250 new state laws took effective January 1. 

 Of these, several relate to addressing the issue of GUN VIOLENCE. 

Among these laws are: 

(1) a required 72-hour cooling-off period for those who wish to buy firearms, expanding a requirement that formerly applied only to the purchase of handguns; 

(2) a mandate that schools conduct an active shooter drill that is observed by law enforcement within 90 days of the start of school;

(3) the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act that allows family members, acquaintances and law enforcement to petition a court to allow authorities to temporarily remove firearms and FOID card from an individual who poses an immediate and present danger to one’s self or to someone else. 

 New laws relating to SEXUAL HARASSMENT are:

(1) the creation of a new General Assembly office to oversee and handle sexual harassment complaints in Springfield;

(2) a requirement that companies who do business with the state, or that receive certain tax breaks, must provide copies of their anti-harassment policies;

(3) anti-harassment training must be part of continuing education required to  renew professional licenses.

 A law specific to the DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION:

Legislation passed and signed by Governor Rauner gives DuPage County the authority to dissolve the independent Election Commission, effective January 1.

It was anticipated that the County Board would take action to complete the dissolution and merge the election commission with the county clerk’s office in January.  However, it was recently reported that County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has had initial conversations with newly elected DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek who may favor delaying the merger until after the General Consolidated   Election in April.   

 Also effective January 1 is a change in the State Election Code:  gender neutral “chair” will replace “chairman”.

2019 LEGISLATIVE CALENDARS

 The 100th General Assembly held two closing sessions on January 7 and 8.

The 101st General Assembly Inauguration was held on Wednesday, January 9th.

 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY- ILLINOIS SENATE CALENDAR 2019

 Dates Senate is scheduled to be in SESSION:

 JANUARY 9, 10, 29, 30 & 31

January 9: INAUGURATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

January  14: INAUGURATION OF EXCUTIVE BRANCH

 FEBRUARY  5, 6, 7, 19, 20 & 21  

February 15: Deadline for Substantive Senate Bills;

February 20: GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ADDRESS

MARCH 5,6,7,12,13,14, 19,20, 21, 22, 26,27,28

March 22:  Deadline for Substantive Senate Bills to be Out of Committee

APRIL 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 30

April 12:  Deadline for Third Reading of Substantive Senate Bills

MAY 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

May 31 ADJOURNMENT

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101st GENERAL ASSEMBLY- ILLINOIS HOUSE CALENDAR 2019

 Dates House is scheduled to be in SESSION:

 JANUARY 9, 10, 14, 18, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31

 FEBRUARY 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13,14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

February 15:  Deadline for Introduction of House Bills

 MARCH 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14,19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

March 29:  Deadline (Committee) for Substantive House Bills

APRIL 2, 3, 4, 9,10, 11, 12, 30

April 12:  Deadline for Third Reading of House Bills

MAY 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

May 24: Deadline for 3rd Reading of Senate Bills

May 31:  ADJOURNMENT

GE STATE LEGISLATORS:

State Senator District 23:  Thomas Cullerton (Dem., reelected)

State Senator District 24:  Suzy Glowiak  (Dem., defeated Chris Nybo)

State Representative District 46:  Deborah Conroy (Dem., reelected)

State Representative District 48:  Terra Costa Howard (Dem., defeated Peter Breen)

NATIONAL

 LEGISLATION:

HB1:   A broad coalition of organizations, including The League of Women Voters, has worked with legislators to draft legislation to reform voting rights and strengthen our democracy.   HB1 is anticipated to be one of the first pieces of legislation introduced in the House.  Comprehensive reforms would include restoring the Voting Rights Act, improving Automatic Voter Registration, creating a public financing system through small donor matching funds, overturning Citizen United, and ending gerrymandering.  LWV worked to include Same Day Voter Registration, which would address issues including errors in the registration process and inaccuracies in voter rolls, and would reduce the number of provisional ballots and increase voter participation.

LWV urges all League members to call their Representative, asking for their support of HB1.

Call our recently elected Congressional Representative Sean Casten, 202-225-4561.

 GUN CONTROL:  

·      Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that legislation will be introduced in the House to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms. 

·      The Trump administration has banned the use of bump-stocks, attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns.  Gun owners have until the end of March to turn in or destroy these devices.