IMSCA Veto Legislative Update
Monday, October 30, 2017
Veto Session Update
Week 1 - October 27, 2017
The Illinois General Assembly convened in Springfield this week for the first week of veto session. Legislators will return for the final week of veto session on November 7th. Veto session is an opportunity for legislators to reassess bills that have been vetoed by Governor Rauner. Issues that were reconsidered this week included a bill seeking to ban municipalities from creating local right to work zones and a state supported workers compensation insurance company. Lawmakers also debated legislation seeking to ban “bump stocks” and other trigger devices accelerating gun fire and Comptroller Mendoza’s “Debt Transparency” initative.
As many of you are aware, Governor Rauner upset his base earlier this fall by signing HB 40, which will provide taxpayer funding of abortion by expanding abortion coverage to Medicaid recipients and those on state employee health insurance programs. Despite the current intra-party fighting within the Republican party, Governor Rauner was able to receive both “wins” and “losses” this week as some of his vetoed legislation wasn’t overturned.
Here’s a roundup of some of the issues debated this week:
SB 1905 (Sen. Silverstein/Rep. Moylan)
This legislation sought to ban municipalities from creating local right to work zones. Right to work has been one of Governor Rauner’s top issues since he was elected. Instead of focusing on statewide right to work legislation, the Governor focused on encouraging municipalities to create their own “local right to work” zones. Some communities throughout the state have adopted these local zones, and the issue is now being debated in court to determine their legality. SB 1905 was passed during the special legislative session in July and it was quickly vetoed by the Governor. The Senate successfully overrode the veto this week, but the override failed in the House by one vote. IMSCA supports SB 1905 and is opposed to the creation of local right to work zones due to the negative impact they will have on unions. The House sponsor, Rep. Moylan said he plans to seek another vote to override when the House returns in November.
HB 2622 (Rep. Find/Sen. Biss)
HB 2622 sought to amend the Illinois Insurance Code and take $10 million from the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission Operations Fund to create a state-sponsored workers compensation insurance company. This veto override failed with a vote of 65-50.
HB 2462 (Rep. Moeller/Sen. Biss)
HB 2462 was passed by both chambers last spring and was vetoed by Governor Rauner. HB 2462 prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, screening job applicants based on wage history or requiring past salary meet a certain criteria. This bill was opposed by the business community, including the Illinois Chamber. Opponents of the legislation argued this bill diminishes defenses of an employer and increases their liabilities. Proponents of the legislation argued it is a “gender-equality bill” because women are often paid less than men for the same work. The Governor’s veto was overridden by a vote of 80-33.
HB 3649 (Rep. Crespo/Sen. Manar)
HB 3649, the Debt Transparency Act, will require state agencies to report monthly on bills they have not forwarded to the comptroller’s office for payment including those that are subject to late payment interest. Currently, state agencies are only required to report this information annually. This was an initiative of the Comptroller Susana Mendoza who is responsible for writing checks to pay the state’s bills. Comptroller Mendoza argued this legislation will give her a clearer picture of what bills are waiting to be paid. HB 3649 passed both chambers in the spring, but was vetoed by Governor Rauner. The Governor argued this was an attempt by the Comptroller to micro-manage state agencies. Illinois legislators believe this bill is commonsense accounting that will provide more accuracy of the state’s financial status. The House voted unanimously to override the Governor’s veto. Unanimous veto override votes are a rare occurrence. The state’s bill backlog is currently over $16 billion, but Comptroller Mendoza says the backlog could actually be higher than that since agencies aren’t required to report their expenditures on a regular basis. This bill will head to the Senate for an override vote when they return in November.
HB 4107 (Rep. Moylan)
This legislation sought to ban bump stocks and other trigger devices aimed at increasing the rate of fire on firearms. This bill was debated in the House on Thursday and was defeated on a vote of 48-54. Many lawmakers believed the language in this bill went too far and included banning devices beyond bump stocks. There is a competing bill, HB 4120, sponsored by Rep. Barb Wheeler that is supported by the Illinois State Rifle Association. Wheeler’s bill only bans the use of bump stocks; which many lawmakers say is a bill they can support. This issue is expected to be debated during the final week of veto session.
IMSCA staff will continue to provide updates on any issues that may arise when legislators return to Springfield on November 7th. If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Newbold by calling 217.523.4361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.