From guns to coondogs, legislators have been busy this session

News-DemocratMay 11, 2013 

— From puppies to lions, from cigarettes to joints, and from slot machines to guns, Illinois lawmakers addressed a wide array of subjects during a busy spring legislative session.

But they've got a lot left on their plates in the final three weeks of the spring session, which is scheduled to adjourn May 31. For starters, they have to come up with a budget. And there's still considerable disagreement on how to solve the $100 billion pension problem, as well as how to comply with a federal court's order that some form of concealed-carry of guns be allowed in Illinois.

Hundreds of bills have been filed, and scores of them are working their way toward becoming laws. Here's a look at some of the bills that have made headlines so far this spring, along with their current status and how metro-east legislators voted on them:

Smoking at colleges

Bill: Senate Bill 2202

Chief sponsor: Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan

What it does: Would outlaw smoking at public colleges and universities in Illinois.

Bill status: Passed Senate 30-22; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville: Yes

* Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton: Yes

* Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville: No

* Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon: No

Sex education

Bill: House Bill 2675

Chief sponsor: Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago

What it does: Local school districts would determine their own curricula for sex education in grades 6-12 using guidelines set by the Illinois State Board of Education that are "developmentally and age-appropriate, medically accurate and complete." Supporters say children who receive accurate education are more likely to delay sexual activity or use protection when sexual activity does occur. Opponents say it goes too far.

Status: Passed House 66-52; awaits Senate action.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton: No

* Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem: No

* Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithon: No

* Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville: Yes

* Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis: Yes

* Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon: No

* Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville: No

Gay marriage

Bill: Senate Bill 10

Chief sponsor: Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago; Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago

What it does: Legalizes same-sex marriage.

Bill status: Passed Senate 34-21; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Lion meat

Bill: House Bill 2991

Chief sponsor: Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago

What it does: Outlaws the slaughter of lions and the possession of lion meat.

Bill status: Passed in committee, awaits House vote.

Medical marijuana

Bill: House Bill 1

Chief sponsor: Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie; Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton

What it does: Would allow patients with specific illnesses to obtain a prescription for medical use of marijuana.

Bill status: House passed 61-57; awaits Senate vote.

House local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Speed limit increase

Bill: Sen Bill 2356

Chief sponsor: Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove; Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton.

What it does: Would increase speed limit on rural interstates from 65 to 70 mph. Would allow, St. Clair, Madison, Cook and some Chicago collar counties to opt out and keep the 65 mph speed limit.

Bill status: Passed Senate 41-6; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Cellphone/driving

Bill: House Bill 1247

Chief sponsor: Rep. John D'Amico, D-Chicago

What it does: Would ban using hand-held cellphones while driving. Text-messaging already is illegal.

Bill status: Passed House 64-46; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Gambling expansion

Bill: Senate Bill 1739

Chief sponsor: Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan

What it does: Allows five new casinos, including one in Chicago, increases gambling positions at existing casinos and allows video gambling at horse-racing tracks, including Fairmount Park in Collinsville. Expected to mean an additional $400 million to $1 billion annually in revenue for the state.

Bill status: Passed Senate 32-20; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: No

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Sealing criminal records

Bill: House Bill 3061

Chief sponsor: Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago

What it does: Allows convicted criminals to have their records sealed for certain offenses, including burglary, theft, possessing a stolen vehicle, drug possession, drug distribution, prostitution and forgery. The sealing would be allowed four years after a person completes his or her sentence.

Bill status: Passed House 65-35; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

Puppy lemon law

Bill: Senate Bill 1639

Chief sponsor: Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge

What it does: Would allow buyers of dogs or cats from pet stores to get a replacement or full refund if the animal dies within 21 days of purchase. Buyers also could seek reimbursement for veterinary care.

Bill status: Passed Senate 31-18; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: No

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

State employee blood donors

Bill: House Bill 3272

Chief sponsor: Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson

What it does: Provides for the Department of Central Management Services to set rules allowing state employees to have time off for donating blood.

Bill status: Passed House 112-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Concealed-carry

Bill: House Bill 997

Chief sponsors: Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg; Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton

What it does: Would allow concealed-carry of firearms in public, except in a few locations. Is the bill favored by most downstate lawmakers because it is a "shall issue" law, requiring the state to issue a permit to anyone who meets prescribed criteria.

Many Chicago-area lawmakers prefer a "may issue" law that would allow local officials to deny applications for permits. One Chicago senator is proposing a law that would require applicants to be of "good moral character" and have "proper reason" to obtain a permit.

The legislature is under a June 9 deadline, imposed by a federal court, to allow some form of carrying guns in public.

Bill status: The bill failed 64-45 in the House. It needed a supermajority of 71 votes because it would trump the right of the state's larger cities to set up their own laws. But the sponsors used a parliamentary procedure that will allow another House vote later.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Pension reform

Bill: Senate Bill 1

Chief sponsor: House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago

What it does: Requires employees in the state pension systems, including downstate teachers, to contribute 2 percent more of their earnings to their pensions. They also would have to delay retirement and accept less-generous annual cost-of-living increases. Madigan said his plan will include shifting the costs of teacher pensions, from the state to local school districts.

The state's pension systems, covering state workers, judges, lawmakers and university employees, as well as teachers outside Chicago, is underfunded by about $100 billion. Unions say the Madigan proposal violates the state constitution, which says public employee pensions are "an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired."

Bill status: Passed House 62-51; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: No

* Jackson: No

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: No

Pension reform

Bill: Senate Bill 2404

Chief sponsor: Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago; Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville

What it does: Would give workers and retirees a choice in retirement benefits. Current workers would choose among three different benefit packages, while retirees would choose between two. For example, workers who want to receive 3 percent cost-of-living increases compounded annually wouldn't get health insurance. If they want health insurance in retirement, they would receive smaller cost-of-living adjustments.

Cullerton says his bill, backed by unions, is more likely to withstand court challenges because it offers workers a choice.

Bill status: Passed Senate 4016; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Didn't vote

Welfare recipients -- unlimited assets

Bill: House Bill 2262

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

What it does: Elminates the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program's limit on assets, which is currently $3,000 (for a family of two) in non-exempt assets. An individual's home, one personal vehicle, household furnishings and clothing are already excluded from the $3,000 limit. This would allow welfare recipients to have unlimited assets and still receive benefits.

Bill status: Passed House 62-55; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Fracking

Bill: House Bill 2615

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion; Rep. David Reis, R-Olney

What it does: Would allow a type of high-volume oil and gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The proposal was drafted with the help of environmentalists and the industry, and is said to have the tightest regulations in the country.

Supporters say it would create as many as 47,000 jobs in Illinois, mostly downstate.

Bill status: More than 50 House members have signed on as co-sponsors, but the bill remains stuck in the House Rules Committee. Some supporters say a holdup is that a union has demanded that fracking companies be required to hire its members.

Video gambling at clubs

Bill: House Bill 2311

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton

What it does: Adds social clubs, such as Knights of Columbus, to the list of establishments allowed to offer video gambling. Currently it is allowed at veterans clubs, large truck stops, fraternal clubs and bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

Bill status: Passed House 64-46; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Absent

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Sex abuse statute of limitations

Bill: Senate Bill 1399

Chief sponsor: Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan

What it does: Would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit at any time against the perpetrator. Currently, a lawsuit has to be brought within 20 years of a plaintiff's 18th birthday or 20 years from the discovery of the plaintiff's injury. Opponents argue that it could be impossible for a person to defend himself or herself against accusations from long ago.

Bill status: Passed Senate 48-4; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

No tanning for minors

Bill: House Bill 188

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

What it does: Prohibits tanning facilities from permitting the use of tanning equipment by anyone younger than 18, even if the minor's parent or guardian gives permission.

Bill status: Passed House 67-49; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

School age lowered

Bill: House Bill 2762

Chief sponsor: Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur

What it does: Lowers the age at which parents and guardians must have their children attend school. Law currently says children ages 7 to 17 must attend school. The bill would amend it to state that, if a child turns 7 during the regular school term, that child shall be made to attend that entire school term.

Bill status: Passed House 82-36; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Vulnerable adult death review

Bill: House Bill 2643

Chief sponsor: Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago; Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville

What it does: Creates panels to review the circumstances of deaths of disabled adults. The bill is a response to a Belleville News-Democrat series titled "Hidden suffering, hidden death," which showed that at least 53 disabled adults died since 2003 after they were the subjects of reports to a state hot line, yet a state agency did not intervene or investigate their deaths.

Bill status: Passed House 78-33; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Absent

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

Adult Protective Services Act

Bill: House Bill 948

Chief sponsor: Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago; Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton

What it does: Puts the Department on Aging in charge of investigating reports of abuse of disabled adults, as well as operating a hot line for receiving such reports. Currently, the Inspector General for the Department of Human Services has those duties. The shift would increase the number of available investigators from five to potentially more than 100. The bill is another response to the BND series "Hidden suffering, hidden death."

Bill status: Passed House 106-0; awaits Senate vote.

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Homeless Bill of Rights

Bill: Senate Bill 1210

Chief sponsor: Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago

What it does: Makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a worker due to his or her lack of a permanent mailing address, or due to his or her mailing address being that of a shelter or social service provider.

Bill status: Passed Senate 41-11 and passed House 76-33; goes to governor.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

ESL 'Promise Zone'

Bill: House Bill 194

Chief sponsor: Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville

What it does: Allows East St. Louis City Council to create a "promise zone." It would raise funds allowing certain low-income public school students to be awarded scholarships for an associate's degree at Southwestern Illinois College's East St. Louis center. Funds for promise zones are gathered from private donors by a board made up of local educators, business leaders and appointed officials.

Bill status: Passed House 95-22; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

Flu shots

Bill: House Bill 3191

Chief sponsor: Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Gurnee

What it does: Requires hospitals to offer flu shots to patients admitted between Sept. 1 and April 1. year.

Bill status: Passed House 115-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Identifying student mental illness

Bill: House Bill 3070

Chief sponsor: Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin

What it does: Requires school guidance counselors, teachers and other school personnel who work with students in grades 7-12 to be trained to identify warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior (rather than only suicidal behavior).

Bill status: Passed House 93-12; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

School bullying hotline

Bill: House Bill 2966

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton

What it does: Requires the State Board of Education to establish a bullying hotline for parents, teachers and others to report any violence happening on school property, on a school bus or over the Internet via cyberbullying.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee

False animal abuse reports

Bill: Senate Bill 1532

Chief sponsor: Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet

What it does: Provides that if any law enforcement officer, animal control officer, the Department of Agriculture, or an approved humane investigator determines that a complaint made against an animal control facility or animal shelter or an employee thereof is knowingly false and not made in good faith and is made with the intent to harass the person or entity, the Department of Agriculture may waive any confidentiality of the complainant and may refer the matter to prosecutors for consideration of criminal charges against the complainant.

Bill status: Passed Senate 52-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Flash mobs

Bill: Senate Bill 1005

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago; Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale

What it does: Allows judges to impose extended sentences in cases where electronic communications are used to solicit or commit a mob action. The legislation is aimed at the growing problem, particularly in parts of Chicago, of people using social media and electronic communications to organize a "flash mob" to commit robberies, thefts and batteries.

Bill status: Passed Senate 52-0 and passed House 102-6; goes to governor.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

School bus traffic cameras

Bill: Senate Bill 923

Chief sponsor: Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago

What it does: Allows school districts to install cameras on buses to capture images of vehicles that overtake or pass a bus while it is picking up or dropping off passengers. Opponents argue that school districts already have authority to install such cameras, but the legislation is written in a way that makes it more difficult to challenge the tickets in court.

Bill status: Passed Senate 36-12; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: No

Infant birth defect screening

Bill: House Bill 2661

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

What it does: Requires hospitals and birth centers to test newborns for heart defects, unless the parents object.

Bill status: Passed House 115-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Youth deer hunting

Bill: House Bill 743

Chief sponsor: Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis

What it does: Extends the youth deer hunting season, which is at some point between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, to three days, rather than two days.

Bill status: Passed House 115-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

State grant reforms

Bill: Senate Bill 2380, 2381

Chief sponsor: Sen. Christine Radogno, R-Lamont

What it does: Prohibits the use of state grant money for political purposes, and increases transparency of hundreds of millions of state grant dollars given to nonprofit and community organizations. The legislation stemmed from a CNN investigation which found that state grants awarded through Gov. Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative were used to pay teens to march in a parade with the governor, attend yoga classes and hand out fliers promoting inner peace.

Bill status: Passed Senate 54-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

School shooting drills

Bill: Senate Bill 1625

Chief sponsor: Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago

What it does: Requires school districts to conduct safety drills, in conjunction with police, to prepare school personnel for a shooting incident.

Bill status: Passed Senate 50-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: Present

Air cargo tax credit

Bill: House Bill 2781

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville

What it does: Designed to help MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, the bill creates a tax credit of 50 cents per kilo of goods shipped out of the country from an Illinois airport. The credit would be capped at $7.5 million per year.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee.

Drunken boating

Bill: Senate Bill 1479

Chief sponsor: Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield

What it does: Requires a motorboat operator who is involved in a boating accident which causes injury or death to submit to chemical or alcohol testing. If the operator refuses testing, or if testing indicates a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent or the presence of drugs, the operator's driver's license can be suspended.

Bill status: Passed Senate 54-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Funeral protests

Bill: House Bill 2916

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton

What it does: Amends the law prohibiting protests at funeral site. Increases the time that a place is considered a funeral site from 30 minutes before and after a funeral to one hour before and after a funeral. Increases the distance from which protests are prohibited from 300 feet to 1,000 feet.

Bill status: Passed House 105-1; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Gun safety tax exemption

Bill: Senate Bill 2086

Chief sponsor: Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon

What it does: Would exempt from sales taxes, until Jan. 1, 2015, the purchases of firearm safety devices, including gun safes, lock boxes, trigger and barrel locks and other items designed to enhance home firearm safety.

Bill status: Passed Senate 53-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers vote:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Coonhound event notice

Bill: House Bill 1648

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem

What it does: Requires organizers of coonhound events which will include 25 or more coonhounds to give advance notice to adjacent landowners. Exempts coonhound events which involve only local organizers and have same day registration, and the event reasonably expects to have fewer than 25 participants. The Salem area has served as the setting for large coondog events.

Bill status: Passed House 118-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Bridge name

Bill: House Joint Resolution 24

Chief sponsors: Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville; Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville.

What it does: Would name the new bridge over the Mississippi River the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Missouri and federal lawmakers generally favor a name honoring the late St. Louis Cardinals player Stan Musial. There also is disagreement on whether the authority to name the bridge rests with Congress and the president or with the two states.

Bill status: Passed House 109-0, awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Minimum wage increase

Bill: Senate Bill 68

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Chicago

What it does: Would increase Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 per hour, which is fourth-highest in the nation, to $10 per hour. Gov. Pat Quinn said an increase in the minimum wage is one of his priorities.

Status: In committee.

Abandonment of disabled adults

Bill: House Bill 3357

Chief sponsor: Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville

What it does: Creates a task force which will study incidents where people or entities that are legally responsible for mentally disabled individuals abandon them. The task force will make recommendations on how to protect these adults, including the consideration of criminal penalties for abandonment without assuring adequate support or supervision.

The bill is a response to the case of an Illinois woman who abandoned her 19-year-old daughter, who has profound developmental disabilities, in a bar in Tennessee and refused to take her back. Illinois has laws regarding child abandonment but not the abandonment of adults with disabilities.

Bill status: Passed House 116-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Food stamp photo

Bill: House Bill 133

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem

What it does: Would amend the Public Aid Code to require a photo of the primary cardholder on LINK cards used to obtain food stamp benefits or cash. An individual would allowed to use the LINK card only if the photo on the card matches the user, or if he or she presents a valid photo ID that confirms he or she is the secondary user listed on the card.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee.

Public aid drug testing

Bill: House Bill 134

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem

What it does: Would require drug testing of individuals who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee.

Smithton school debt

Bill: House Bill 192

Chief sponsor: Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis

What it does: Would amend the state law regarding school debt limits, to allow Smithton Community Consolidated School District 130 to issue up to $15 million in bonds. Voters of the district would have to approve the bond issue, and the school board would have to make a formal determination that a new middle school is needed, and modifications to the existing elementary school are needed, due to the age, condition and limited capacity of the existing school building.

Bill status: Passed House 80-37; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: No

Tollway 'shame' website

Bill: Senate Bill 1214

Chief sponsor: Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie; Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago

What it does: Would publish the names of motorists who owe more than $1,000 in tollway fines on a website. Lang, the House sponsor, said the site would be "just an additional tool to embarrass people" into paying their fines. He said tollways are owed $300 million, and said there are three companies that each owe more than $19,000. Opponents argued it's bad policy for the state to try to "shame" people into paying fines.

Bill status: Passed Senate 35-9. In roll call vote in the House, it fell one vote short of the 60 required for passage. Before votes were recorded, Lang exercised a parliamentary maneuver that allows it to be voted on again.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Didn't vote

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: No

Slingbows

Bill: Senate Bill 1538

Chief sponsor: Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet

What it does: Allows the taking of certain types of fish with a slingbow, which is a slingshot that shoots arrows.

Bill status: Passed Senate 117-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Dog seat belts

Bill: Senate Bill 2653; House Bill 1581

Chief sponsor: Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago; Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton

What it does: Makes it illegal for a driver to hold an animal unrestrained in his or her lap while operating a vehicle. Violation would result in a fine up to $25.

Bill status: Sandoval's Senate bill failed 21-27; Beiser's House bill is assigned to Rules Committee.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: No

Psychologist prescriptions

Bill: Senate Bill 2187

Chief sponsor: Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park

What it does: Gives psychologists, under the supervision of doctors, the authority to prescribe medications. Supporters say it addresses a shortage of mental health providers. Psychologists, unlike psychiatrists, are not physicians, and currently are not allowed to prescribe medicine.

Status: Passed Senate 37-10, goes to House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Opened wine bottles

Bill: Senate Bill 722

Chief sponsor: Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields

What it does: Allows wineries to permit a patron to remove one unsealed and partially-consumed bottle of wine for off-premises consumption.

Bill status: Passed Senate 51-0 and passed House 110-0; goes to governor.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Trailer park fund

Bill: Senate Bill 1043

Chief sponsor: Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields

What it does: Requires owners of mobile home parks to pay into a fund that will be used to help mobile home owners and renters relocate when such parks close.

Bill status: Passed Senate 39-12; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Biogas nonprofits

Bill: House Bill 1070

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton

What it does: Allows cooperative that own and operated agriculture-based biogas systems to organize as a non-profit. Activities of the cooperatives may include the marketing and sale of biogas products including methane gas, electricity and compost.

Bill status: Passed House 109-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Gambling contracts -- protected classes

Bill: Senate Bill 1354

Chief sponsor: Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Cicero

What it does: Requires gambling licensees to set a goal of awarding at least 20 percent of contracts to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses and businesses owned by persons with disabilities. Requires the licensees to file an annual compliance plan.

Bill status: Passed Senate 46-5; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Needless laws

Bill: Senate Bill 1415

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale

What it does: Creates a Board of Legislative Repealers that will look for state laws and regulations that are "duplicative, in conflict, contradictory, anachronistic, obsolete or have been held unconstitutional." The board will make recommendations on changing or repealing such laws.

Bill status: Passed Senate 55-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Racial data on arrests

Bill: Senate Bill 1598

Chief sponsor: Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago

What it does: Requires police agencies, jails and prisons to collect racial and ethnic data on people who are arrested or detained.

Bill status: Passed Senate 51-0; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Didn't vote

Wasting meat of game

Bill: Senate Bill 1620

Chief sponsor: Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria

What it does: Makes it illegal to wantonly waste the usable meat of a game animal.

Bill status: Passed Senate 56-0 and passed House 117-0; goes to governor.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Tax credit for hiring felons

Bill: Senate Bill 1659

Chief sponsor: Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago

What it does: Increases the tax credit for hiring an ex-felon from $600 to $1,500.

Bill status: Passed Senate 46-6; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Dog tethering

Bill: House Bill 83

Chief sponsor: Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago

What it does: Puts various restrictions on the tethering of dogs. For example, the tether must be at least 10 feet long, must not weigh more than one-eighth of the dog's body weight, and shall not have a collar that is a pinch-type, prong-type or choke-type. Violation is a class B misdemeanor.

Bill status: Passed House 78-38; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Baiting of deer, turkey

Bill: House Bill 1003

Chief sponsor: Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb

What it does: Amends the Wildlife Code prohibition on the baiting of wild turkey and deer to remove pure water from the definition of bait.

Bill status: Passed House 115-0 and passed Senate 55-0; goes to governor.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: Didn't vote

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Employee Internet privacy

Bill: House Bill 1047

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs

What it does: Makes it unlawful for an employer to request or require any employee or prospective employee to provide any user name, password or other information to gain access to the employee's or prospective employee's personal Internet account.

Bill status: Passed House 69-35; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: No

* Jackson: No

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Student-athlete CPR training

Bill: House Bill 1225

Chief sponsor: Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago

What it does: Mandates that schools shall require all physical education teachers and all coaches and referees of interscholastic athletics, student athletes and athletic trainers to annually watch a training video, provided free of charge to the school and of no more than 15 minutes in length, on hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators.

Bill status: Passed House 72-37; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Absent

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

Human trafficking tattoo removal

Bill: House Bill 2640

Chief sponsor: Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park

What it does: Allows a victim of human trafficking to get reimbursement from the state for removal of any tattoos that were applied to the person in connection with the commission of the crime.

Bill status: Passed House 108-0; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

St. Louis Blues license plates

Bill: House Bill 966

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton

What it does: Adds the St. Louis Blues to the list of professional sports team logos available on vehicle license plates.

Bill status: Passed House 105-7; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

No tax on recreational boat fuel

Bill: House Bill 965

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton

What it does: Would exempt from taxation any motor fuel used or sold for recreational watercraft operating on the Mississippi, Wabash or Ohio rivers.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee.

Abolish lieutenant governor post

Bill: House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18

Chief sponsor: Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills

What it does: Proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.

Bill status: Passed House 83-28; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: No

* Jackson: No

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Voter ID

Bill: House Bill 3007

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon

What it does: Requires that a person present a government-issued photo identification card when voting.

Bill status: Assigned to House Rules Committee.

Drone surveillance

Bill: Senate Bill 1587

Chief sponsor: Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston

What it does: Creates the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act. Allows law enforcement agencies to use drones in only certain circumstances, for example if the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security determines there's a credible risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization, or if a police agency obtains a search warrant.

Bill status: Passed Senate 52-1; awaits House vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Drones over hunters

Bill: House Bill 1652

Chief sponsor: Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign

What it does: Makes it illegal to use a drone to interfere with a hunter or fisherman. The bill is a response to reports of animal-rights groups using drones to harass hunters.

Bill status: Passed House 93-24; awaits Senate vote.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Military service/State Police

Bill: Senate Bill 204

Chief sponsor: Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago; Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville

What it does: Provides that certain service in the military can replace the college education requirement for becoming an Illinois State Police trooper.

Bill status: Passed Senate 50-0 and passed House 109-1; goes to governor.

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Didn't vote

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

 

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