What did Illinois legislators get done this session?

News-DemocratJune 8, 2013 

Illinois Legislature

The floor of the Illinois Senate.

SETH PERLMAN — AP

— Illinois lawmakers' failure to pass legislation addressing the state's $100 billion pension shortfall drew headlines when their spring session ended a little more than a week ago.

They also couldn't reach agreement on bills that would have allowed gay marriage and an expansion of gambling.

The legislators did, however, have a busy spring, with some big accomplishments. Among them were a bill that will allow the carrying of weapons in public, a bill that will allow fracking for oil and gas, and a bill that will allow the medical use of marijuana.

Here's a glance at some of the bills that were dealt with during the spring session:

Smoking at colleges

Bill: Senate Bill 2202

Chief sponsor: Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan

About the bill: Would outlaw smoking at public colleges and universities in Illinois.

Bill status: Passed Senate 30-22; not called for vote in House.

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

About the bill: 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 and passed Senate 37-21.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton: No

* Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem: No

* Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton: 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

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Gay marriage

Bill: Senate Bill 10

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

About the bill: Legalizes same-sex marriage. Harris chose not to call the bill for a vote in the House, due to it not having sufficient support. He said he will try again later.

Bill status: Passed Senate 34-21; not called for vote in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Vehicle insurance e-cards

Bill: Senate Bill 1775

Chief sponsor: Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton

About the bill: Allows motorists to provide proof of their vehicle insurance through the display of an electronic image on a portable electronic device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer.

Bill status: Passed Senate 59-0; passed House 113-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Medical marijuana

Bill: House Bill 1

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

About the bill: Would allow patients with specific illnesses to obtain a prescription for medical use of marijuana.

Bill status: House passed 61-57; Senate passed 35-21.

House local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Speed limit increase

Bill: Senate Bill 2356

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

About the bill: 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; passed House 85-30.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Cellphone/driving

Bill: House Bill 1247

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

About the bill: Would ban using hand-held cellphones while driving. Text-messaging already is illegal.

Bill status: Passed House 64-46; passed Senate 34-29

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Gambling expansion

Bill: Senate Bill 1739

Chief sponsor: Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan

About the bill: 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. The bill's House sponsor chose not to call it for a vote in the House, saying it needed more work.

Bill status: Passed Senate 32-20; not called for vote in House.

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

About the bill: 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; passed Senate 42-13.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Puppy lemon law

Bill: Senate Bill 1639

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

About the bill: 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; passed House 67-49.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: No

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Concealed carry

Bill: House Bill 183

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

About the bill: Would allow concealed-carry of firearms in public. Prohibits the possession of guns in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but would allow a gun to be kept securely in a car. Does not include an earlier proposal to eliminate all local gun ordinances, including Chicago's current ban on assault weapons, but would curb local control on handguns and lawful transportation of firearms. Require the Illinois State Police to issue a concealed carry permit to any gun owner with a Firearm Owners Identification card who passes a background check, pays a $150 fee and undergoes 16 hours of training -- the most required by any state.

Bill status: Passed House 89-28; passed Senate 45-12. The bill has been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn. A federal court has given Illinois until July 9 to end its ban on carrying concealed weapons.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

High-capacity magazines

Bill: House Bill 1346

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

About the bill: Would make it illegal for an Illinoisan to buy, sell or possess an ammunition magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Bill status: Failed in Senate 28-31.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Private gun sales

Bill: House Bill 1189

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

About the bill: Requires private sellers of guns to determine, through a State Police dial-up system, to verify that the buyer has a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Requires State Police to develop a web-based system for sellers to conduct such checks. Also requires that owners of guns must report the loss or theft of a gun to law enforcement within 72 hours of discovering the loss or theft.

Bill status: Passed Senate 41-15; passed House 70-48.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: No

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Pension reform

Bill: Senate Bill 1

Chief sponsor: House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago

About the bill: 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; failed in Senate 16-42.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: No

* Jackson: No

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: No

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Pension reform

Bill: Senate Bill 2404

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

About the bill: 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. Madigan did not allow the bill to be called for a vote in the House.

Bill status: Passed Senate 4016; not called for vote in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Didn't vote

Pension holiday

Bill: Senate Bill 1920

Chief sponsor: Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook

About the bill: Would have allowed the Chicago Public Schools system, for two years, to pay far less into its pension system than what is required. The Chicago school system has been making reduced payments into its pension fund for the last three years, under a plan previously approved by state lawmakers. Chicago Public Schools is paying about $200 million into its pension fund this years, but the payment will increase to about $600 million next year. Proponents argued that CPS needed the relief due to the district's financial troubles. Opponents argued that CPS should do what other school districts do: Ask voters for more money in property taxes.

Bill status: Failed in House 39-78.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Pension cost shift

Bill: Senate Bill 1687

Chief sponsor: Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D- Northbrook

About the bill: Would shift the cost of retiree pensions from the state to universities and community colleges. The argument for the cost shift is that it would discourage colleges and universities from giving pension boosts that cost the state. Opponents argued that it will increase property taxes and tuition. Some lawmakers also have proposed a pension cost shift for K-12 schools.

Bill status: Passed House 60-55; failed in Senate 21-33.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: No

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: No

* Haine: Present

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Welfare recipients -- unlimited assets

Bill: House Bill 2262

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

About the bill: Eliminates 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; passed Senate 32-21.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: No

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Fracking

Bill: Senate Bill 1715

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

About the bill: 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: Passed House 108-9; passed Senate 52-3.

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Video gambling at clubs

Bill: House Bill 2311

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton; Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton

About the bill: 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; passed Senate 40-4.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Absent

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: 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 argued that it could be impossible for a person to defend himself or herself against accusations from long ago.

Bill status: Passed Senate 48-4; passed House 115-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

No tanning for minors

Bill: House Bill 188

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

About the bill: 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; passed Senate 34-12.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

School age lowered

Bill: Senate Bill 1307

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Chicago

About the bill: Lowers the age at which parents and guardians must have their children attend school, from 7 to 6.

Bill status: Passed House 64-52; passed Senate 39-18.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

Vulnerable adult death review

Bill: House Bill 2643

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

About the bill: 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; not called for vote in Senate.

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

About the bill: 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; not called for vote in Senate.

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Homeless Bill of Rights

Bill: Senate Bill 1210

Chief sponsor: Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago

About the bill: 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; passed House 76-33.

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

About the bill: Allows East St. Louis City Council to create a "promise zone." It would raise money 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. Money 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; passed Senate 51-4.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Flu shots

Bill: House Bill 3191

Chief sponsor: Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Gurnee

About the bill: Requires hospitals to offer flu shots to patients admitted between Sept. 1 and April 1.

Bill status: Passed House 115-0; passed Senate 51-1.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Identifying student mental illness

Bill: House Bill 3070

Chief sponsor: Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin

About the bill: 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; passed Senate 55-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Didn't vote

False animal abuse reports

Bill: Senate Bill 1532

Chief sponsor: Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet

About the bill: 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; not called for vote in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Psychologist prescriptions

Bill: Senate Bill 2187

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

About the bill: Would give psychologists authority to prescribe medicine. Current law allows prescriptions to be written by psychiatrists, but not psychologists. A psychiatrist is a physician, with a medical degree, while a psychologist has a doctoral-level degree. This bill, along with similar ones involving nurses and dentists, was introduced at a time when demand for medical services is expected to increase under the federal health care overhaul. Doctors opposed the bills, saying medical professionals shouldn't be providing services they're not qualified to provide.

Bill status: Passed Senate 37-10; not called for vote in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

Nurse prescriptions

Bill: House Bill 1052

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion

About the bill: The original bill would have given advanced-practice nurses authority to prescribe medicine, independent of physicians. Doctors opposed that, so a compromise was reached. The compromise gives advanced-practice nurses more leeway in providing services such as health screenings and physicals.

Bill status: Passed Senate 54-0; passed House 116-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Didn't vote

Dentist vaccinations

Bill: Senate Bill 1217

Chief sponsor: Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton

About the bill: The original bill would have allowed dentists to administer vaccinations, such as flu shots, if they had "appropriate training" on how to address adverse reactions. Doctors were opposed, on grounds that the training is inadequate. The bill was amended, and in the end made only minor changes to the Dental Practice Act.

Bill status: With the amendment, the bill passed 109-0 in the House and 49-0 in the Senate.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Didn't vote

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Legislator pay cut

Bill: House Bill 1441

Chief sponsor: Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg

About the bill: Requires each state lawmaker to forfeit one day of pay during each month of fiscal 2013. Prohibits a fiscal 2014 cost-of-living adjustment for state lawmakers and elected executive officers.

Bill status: Passed Senate 51-5; passed House 108-1.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Lion meat

Bill: House Bill 2991

Chief sponsor: Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago

About the bill: Outlaws the slaughter of lions and the possession of lion meat.

Bill status: Passed in House committee, but sent back to committee.

Flash mobs

Bill: Senate Bill 1005

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

About the bill: 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.

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

About the bill: 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 38-16; passed House 64-54.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: No

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Infant birth defect screening

Bill: House Bill 2661

Chief sponsor: Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston

About the bill: Requires hospitals and birth centers to test newborns for heart defects, unless the parents object.

Bill status: Passed House 117-0; passed Senate 57-1.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Youth deer hunting

Bill: House Bill 743

Chief sponsor: Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis; Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville

About the bill: 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; passed Senate 57-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

State grant reforms

Bill: Senate Bill 2380, 2381

Chief sponsor: Sen. Christine Radogno, R-Lamont

About the bill: 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 57-0; passed House 117-0.

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 shooting drills

Bill: Senate Bill 1625

Chief sponsor: Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago

About the bill: 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; passed House 112-5.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: Present

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Air cargo tax credit

Bill: House Bill 2781

Chief sponsor: Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville

About the bill: 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 58-0; passed House 115-0.

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

Funeral protests

Bill: House Bill 2916

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

About the bill: 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; not voted on in Senate.

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

About the bill: 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; not voted on in House.

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

About the bill: 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; not called for vote in Senate.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: 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.

About the bill: 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; not called for vote in Senate.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Minimum wage increase

Bill: Senate Bill 68

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Chicago

About the bill: Would increase Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 per hour, which is fourth-highest in the nation, to $10 per hour. Prior to the start of the legislative session, Gov. Pat Quinn said an increase in the minimum wage was one of his priorities.

Status: Not called for vote in Senate committee.

Abandonment of disabled adults

Bill: House Bill 3357

Chief sponsor: Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville

About the bill: 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; not voted on in Senate.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Food stamp photo

Bill: House Bill 133

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem

About the bill: 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: Not called for vote in House.

Public aid drug testing

Bill: House Bill 134

Chief sponsor: Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem

About the bill: Would require drug testing of individuals who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Bill status: Not called for vote in House.

Smithton school debt

Bill: House Bill 192

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

About the bill: 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 63-55; passed Senate 49-5.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Tollway 'shame' website

Bill: Senate Bill 1214

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

About the bill: 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; passed 62-55 in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Didn't vote

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: No

Slingbows

Bill: Senate Bill 1538

Chief sponsor: Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet

About the bill: Allows the taking of certain types of fish with a slingbow, which is a slingshot that shoots arrows.

Bill status: Passed Senate 56-0; passed House 117-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Dog seat belts

Bill: House Bill 1581

Chief sponsor: Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton

About the bill: Makes it illegal for a driver to hold an animal unrestrained in his or her lap while operating a vehicle, unless the driver is operating a commercial motor vehicle or agricultural motor vehicle. Violation would result in a fine up to $25.

Bill status: Not voted on in House.

Opened wine bottles

Bill: Senate Bill 722

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

About the bill: 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.

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

About the bill: 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; not voted on in House.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

Gambling contracts -- protected classes

Bill: Senate Bill 1354

Chief sponsor: Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Cicero

About the bill: 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; passed House 80-36.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: No

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

Biogas nonprofits

Bill: House Bill 1070

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

About the bill: Allows cooperatives that own and operate agriculture-based biogas systems to organize as a nonprofit. 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; passed Senate 56-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Absent

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Yes

Needless laws

Bill: Senate Bill 1415

Chief sponsor: Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale

About the bill: 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; not voted on in House.

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

About the bill: Requires police agencies, jails and prisons to collect racial and ethnic data on people who are arrested or detained.

Bill status: Passed Senate 57-0; passed House 115-0.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Yes

* McCarter: Didn't vote

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: Yes

Wasting meat of game

Bill: Senate Bill 1620

Chief sponsor: Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria

About the bill: Makes it illegal to wantonly waste the usable meat of a game animal.

Bill status: Passed Senate 56-0 and passed House 117-0.

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

About the bill: Increases the tax credit for hiring an ex-felon from $600 to $1,500.

Bill status: Passed Senate 41-14; passed House 91-27.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Didn't vote

* Luechtefeld: No

* McCarter: Yes

* Beiser: No

* Cavaletto: Yes

* Costello: No

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: Yes

* Meier: No

Dog tethering

Bill: House Bill 83

Chief sponsor: Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago

About the bill: 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 83-34; passed Senate 43-9.

How local lawmakers voted:

* Beiser: Yes

* Cavaletto: No

* Costello: Yes

* Hoffman: Yes

* Jackson: Yes

* Kay: No

* Meier: No

* Clayborne: Yes

* Haine: Yes

* Luechtefeld: Didn't vote

* McCarter: No

 

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