Bills to Watch

These are bills that have been tracked by the Chamber Council Directors and marked as significant. The pieces of Legislation listed below are bills that the Chamber currently has a position on or bills the Chamber finds to be crucial to Members’ interests. All bills on this list have been moved out of Rules Committee unless it is otherwise denoted as a Chamber Initiative or other important legislation.

Business Regulation

Oppose

  • HB4138 (Morgan) Multi-State No-Business Incentives Compact
    • Revenue & Finance Committee
    • Enters the state of Illinois into a compact, which can be joined by any other state, establishing that each member state will not offer company-specific tax incentives or grants for the purpose of establishing a company headquarters, manufacturing facility or related project.

Monitoring

  • SB3508 (Villanueva) Illinois Corporations Female Board Directors Requirement
    • Commerce and Economic Development Committee
    • Provides that by December 31, 2021, a publicly held domestic corporation or foreign corporation whose principal executive office is located in Illinois to have a specified minimum number of female directors. 

Elections

Support

  • HB4120 (Meier) Judicial elections eligibility guidelines
    • Rules Committee
    • Amends the election code. With stipulations, establishes that no Judge or Former Judge may submit their candidacy for a judicial position by any other method than seeking retention in their office.

Employment Law

Support

  • HB4623 (Morgan) Employee Cannabis Use Termination Guidelines
    • 2nd Reading
    • seeks to protect registered qualifying patients from having their employment terminated if the registered qualifying patient solely fails a drug test. An employer is allowed to enforce preemployment drug testing, zero tolerance, random drug testing or drug free workplace policies if the policy is applied to registered qualifying patients in safety sensitive   Adds that no cause of action is created or implied if an employer disciplines or terminates the employment of a registered qualifying patient when enforcing a drug policy that is in compliance with the Act. 
  • SB3307 (Van Pelt) Employer/Employee Expense Reimbursement Guidelines
    • In a provision requiring an employer to reimburse an employee for all necessary expenses or losses incurred by the employee within the employee's scope of employment, requires the employer to reimburse the employee within 30 days after receipt of the necessary expenditures or losses. An employer is not liable unless the employer required (rather than authorized or required) the employee to incur the necessary expenditure or the employer failed to comply with its own written expense reimbursement policy. for an expenditure to be reimbursable, the expense must be required by the employer.

Oppose

  • HB0009 (Flowers) Paid Family Leave Act
    • Labor & Commerce Committee
    • Requires private employers with 50 or more employees to provide 6 weeks of paid leave for an employee who takes leave: (1) because of the birth of a child of the employee and in order to care for the child; (2) to care for a newly adopted child under 18 years of age or a newly placed foster child under 18 years of age or a newly adopted or newly placed foster child older than 18 years of age if the child is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability; or (3) to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 
  • SB471 (Lightford) Paid Sick Days
    • Rules Committee
    • Requires employers to provide specified paid sick days to employees. Sets forth the purposes for and manner in which the sick days may be used. Provides that an employee who works in the State who is absent from work for specified reasons is entitled to earn and use a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick time during a 12-month period or a pro rata number of hours of paid sick time under the provisions of the Act. Provides that it is unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restrain, deny, change workdays or hours scheduled to avoid paying sick time.
  • HB4837 (West) Employee background check and criminal history
    • Labor & Commerce Committee
    • Provides that an employer may not refuse to hire an individual and may not discharge an individual because of the individual's criminal history unless the individual has one or more convictions and there is a direct relationship between one of more of an individual's convictions and the specific employment sought. Allows civil action for employee wrongfully denied a job under this act.
  • HB4151 (Hoffman) Workers Compensation Commissioner Eligibility Changes
    • Labor & Commerce Committee
    • Amends the workers’ compensation act. Removes three provisions regarding the eligibility of commissioner candidates including the provision that arbitrators must rotate their placement every two years. This would roll back a key reform of the 2011 Workers’ Comp deal.

Environmental Regulation

Oppose

  • HB3624 (Williams) Clean Energy Jobs Act
    • 2nd Reading
    • This bill requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to administer a program to increase employment opportunities related to clean energy projects. Provides for the creation of a clean jobs curriculum to increase workforce skills. Provides for the promotion of opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses in clean energy development. Establishes a framework to achieve 100% reliance on renewable energy. 
  • SB2132 (Castro) Clean Energy Jobs Act
    • Assignments Committee
    • This bill creates the Clean Energy Jobs Act.
  • SB2954 (Fine) Coal Tar Sealant Use Disclosure
    • 2nd Reading
    • Creates the Coal Tar Sealant Disclosure Act. Requires that specified entities, public schools, state agencies, and the such like, to disclose their use of a coal tar-based sealant or high polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sealant product. Requires that these entities post signage that tells of the dangers of these products.

Healthcare

Oppose

  • SB2499 (Manar) Clinical Trial equal coverage
    • 2nd Reading
    • The Illinois Medical Assistance Program will provide coverage for routine care costs accumulated during an approved clinical trial if the program would provide coverage for the same care costs if they had not been incurred in a clinical trial.
  • SB2470 (Murphy) Restrictions on changing insured’s coverage during contract
    • Insurance Committee - Postponed
    • No managed care organization or policy of accident or health insurance shall change an insured’s eligibility or coverage during a contract period. Insured will have continuity of benefits, providers, and medication during contract period.
  • SB2561 (Fine) Telehealth reimbursement rate
    • Insurance Committee – Postponed
    • Requires insurance providers of individual or group policies that provide telehealth services to give reimbursement for such services at the same rate that such services are reimbursed for in-person consultation.
  • SB2740 (Fine) Coverage for mental, emotional, substance use disorders
    • 2nd Reading
    • Insurance Providers that provide coverage for medical treatment or services must also provide access to treatment for mental, emotional or substance use disorders.

Monitoring

  • SB2457 (Morrison) Age limitations for Epinephrine coverage
    • Insurance Committee
    • Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Removes the age limitation for coverage in provisions concerning coverage for epinephrine injectors.

Infrastructure

Oppose

  • HB4212 (Kalish) Repeal of Sunday vehicle sales provision
    • Rules Committee
    • Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Repeals the provision that no person may operate a place of business for the purpose of buying and selling motor vehicles and other associated activities on Sunday.
  • HB4571 (Lilly) Gas attendant pumping requirement
    • Tabled in House
    • Creates the Gas Station Attendant Act. Provides that no gas may be pumped at a gas station in this State unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station. This would make it illegal for customers to pump their own gas at stations.
  • SB3292 (Villivalam) IDOT Services Selection Committee – Senate Consent
    • Executive Committee
    • Provides that beginning on or after January 1, 2021, the Department of Transportation shall appoint selection committees consisting of 9 members who shall be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Tax

Support

  • HB4017 (Murphy) Matching Federal estate tax exclusion amount
    • Revenue & Finance Committee
    • For persons dying on or after January 1, 2021, the applicable exclusion amount concerning estate and gift taxes will match the amount under the Federal Internal Revenue Code Section 2010.
  • HB4021 (Murphy) Creates Small Business Asset Purchase Savings Accounts
    • Revenue & Finance Committee
    • Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an income tax deduction for an amount of up to $50,000 per tax year contributed to a small business asset purchase account and all interest earned on such accounts during the tax year. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • HB4048 (Carroll) Cigar Tax Cap on premium cigars
    • Rules Committee
    • Amends the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995. Provides that, beginning on January 1, 2021, the tax per cigar or other rolled tobacco product shall not exceed $0.50 per cigar or roll. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • HB4321 (McCombie) Estate/Transfer Tax exclusion amount increase
    • Rules Committee
    • Amends the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act. Increases the applicable exclusion amount to match the Federal rate under section 2010 of the Internal Revenue Code. This will increase the taxable exclusion amount to $5,000,000.
  • HB4670 (McCombie) Enhance the research and development tax credit by modifying the base period calculation
    • Rules Committee
    • Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Increases the research and development credit by providing that the increase in research and development activities shall be based on an increase over 50% of the average of the qualifying expenditures. Provide that the credit applies on a permanent basis. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • HB5135 (Hoffman) Modify the sales taxation of leases
    • Revenue & Finance Committee
    • Provides that, for any leased property (currently, for motor vehicles only), "selling price" means the consideration received by the lessor pursuant to the lease contract and includes certain amounts received by the lessor that are not calculated at the time the lease is executed. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Initiative.
  • HB5212 (Wheeler) Amend the Illinois False Claims Act to correct abuses allowed under current law
    • Rules Committee
    • This legislation amends the Illinois False Claims Act (the “IFCA”) to correct abuses allowed under current law. Under current law, private parties may bring lawsuits against any other party alleging a failure to property charge and collect taxes. The IFCA exempts the Illinois Income Tax Act from such suits, but all other taxes remain subject to the IFCA. This bill provides that no court has jurisdiction over a civil action relating to or involving a false claim regarding certain tax acts administered by the Department of Revenue unless the action is brought by the Attorney General. This is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Initiative.
  • SB2481 (Muñoz) Selling price no longer includes trade-in value of property
    • 3rd Reading
    • Amends the Use Tax Act and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, the term "selling price" no longer includes the value of or credit given for traded-in tangible personal property.
  • SB2516 (Bush) Permanent research and development tax credit
    • Subcommittee on Tax Exemptions and Credits
    • Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. The research and development credit will apply on a permanent basis.
  • SB2521 (McConchie) Modifies the temporary storage exemption
    • Subcommittee on Tax Exemptions and Credits
    • Amends the Use Tax Act and the Service Use Tax Act. Provides that the temporary storage exemption is not lost if property of an out-of-State lessor or purchaser is returned to this State for storage, repair, or refurbishment and not for utilization. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB2566 (Holmes) Creates a bonus income tax credit for small businesses
    • Subcommittee on Tax Exemptions and Credits
    • Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an income tax credit of an amount equal to 1 percent of the expenses claimed by the taxpayer under Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB2567 (Holmes) Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to provide a regionalized income tax withholding credit against the minimum wage increase
    • Subcommittee on Special Issues
    • Provides that the maximum withholding tax credit for full-time equivalent employees is determined by the Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan area of the State that is the base of operations of the employee. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Initiative.
  • SB2906 (McConchie) Amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to automatically rescind certain underpayment penalties
    • Assignments Committee
    • Amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act and provided that if a Department of Revenue audit discloses that a taxpayer has paid at least 95% of the tax required to be shown due on the return for the tax period at issue, the underpayment penalty that would otherwise be due is rescinded automatically. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB3014 (Gillespie) Overcollection of tax and Consumer Fraud Act
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to the overcollection of any tax by a person, to the extent such over collected tax is remitted to a government entity or agency.
  • SB3165 (Dewitte) Enhance the R&D credit by modifying the base period calculation
    • Subcommittee on Tax Exemptions & Credits
    • This bill Increases the research and development credit by providing that the increase in research and development activities shall be based on an increase over 50% of the average of the qualifying expenditures for each year in the base period. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB3221 (Wilcox) Reinstate and extend the sunset date of the expanded temporary storage exemption
    • Subcommittee on Tax Exemptions & Credits
    • Reinstates the exemption for the use or sale of tangible personal property purchased from an Illinois retailer by a taxpayer engaged in centralized purchasing activities in Illinois. Provides that the exemption sunsets on June 30, 2022. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Initiative.
  • SB3352 (Sims) Modify the sales taxation of leases
    • Revenue Committee
    • Provides that, for any leased property (currently, for motor vehicles only), "selling price" means the consideration received by the lessor pursuant to the lease contract and includes certain amounts received by the lessor that are not calculated at the time the lease is executed. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Initiative.
  • SB3722 (Weaver) Amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to automatically rescind certain underpayment penalties
    • Assignments Committee
    • Amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act and provides that if a Department of Revenue audit discloses that a taxpayer has paid at least 95% of the tax required to be shown due on the return for tax period at issue, the underpayment penalty that would otherwise be due is rescinded automatically. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB3723 (Weaver) Enhance the Research & Development Credit by modifying the base period calculation
    • Assignments Committee
    • This bill Increases the research and development credit by providing that the increase in research and development activities shall be based on an increase over 50% of the average of the qualifying expenditures for each year in the base period. Provides that the research and development credit applies on a permanent basis. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB3724 (Weaver) Creates Small business asset purchase savings accounts
    • Assignments Committee
    • Creates an income tax deduction for an amount of up to $50,000 per tax year contributed to a small business asset purchase account and all interest earned on such accounts during the tax year. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.
  • SB3725 (Weaver) Reinstates the personal property replacement income tax investment credit
    • Assignments Committee
    • This bill provides that the personal property tax replacement income tax credit for investments in qualified property applies for costs incurred on or after the effective date and on or before December 31, 2024. This bill is an Illinois Chamber Tax Institute initiative.

Monitor

  • SB3386 (Castro) Short Term Rental Tax
    • Revenue Committee
    • Imposes a tax upon persons engaged in the business of short-term rental at the rate of 5% of 94% of the gross rental receipts from such renting, leasing or letting. Imposes an additional tax at the rate of 1% of 94% of the gross rental receipts from such renting, leasing or letting.
  • SB3469 (Barickman) Special Districts and Cannabis
    • Executive Committee
    • This bill provides that no special district may impose a tax on the cultivation, sale, or use of cannabis.

Oppose

  • HB5584 (Hernandez) Wire Transfer Tax
    • Rules Committee
    • Provides that a tax of 1% of the amount transferred is imposed on each wire transfer originating from within the State. Provides that the moneys received from the tax shall be deposited into the Illinois DREAM Fund. 

Technology

Support

  • HB4012 (Didech) Creation of Technology Exchange Program
    • Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
    • Amends the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Allows for two or more school districts to create a technology-exchange program to share educational resources, devices, and related items.
  • HB5204 (Wheeler) Cybersecurity Legal Defense
    • Commercial Law Subcommittee
    • Creates an affirmative defense for every covered entity that creates, maintains, and complies with a written cybersecurity program that contains safeguards for the protection of either personal information or both personal information and restricted information and conforms to an industry-recognized cybersecurity framework.
  • HB5374 (Durkin) BIPA right to civil action limitation
    • Rules Committee
    • Provides that an action brought under the Act shall be commenced within one year after the cause of action. Provides that a prevailing party may recover: against a private entity that negligently violates the Act, actual damages (rather than liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater); or against a private entity that willfully (rather than intentionally or recklessly) violates the Act, actual damages plus liquidated damages up to the amount of actual damages (rather than liquidated damages of $5,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater). This is a Chamber Initiative.
  • HB5375 (Durkin) BIPA, no right to action
    • Rules Committee
    • This legislation removes the private right to action and gives the Department of Labor the power of enforcement and regulation. This is a Chamber Initiative.
  • SB3591 (Barickman) BIPA right to civil action limitation
    • Judiciary Committee
    • This bill provides that a prevailing party may recover liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, and that such damages for a negligent violation by a private entity shall be recovered only for a single collection of each aggrieved party's biometric identifier or biometric information. This is a Chamber Initiative.
  • SB3592 (Barickman) BIPA, no right to action
    • Judiciary Committee
    • This bill deletes a provision regarding a right of action. Provides instead that any violation that results from the collection of biometric information by an employer for employment, human resources, fraud prevention, or security purposes is subject to the enforcement authority of the Department of Labor. This is a Chamber Initiative.
  • SB3593 (Barickman) BIPA, damages limitation and reform
    • Judiciary Committee
    • This bill provides that an action brought under the Act shall be commenced within one year after the cause of action. Provides that a prevailing party may recover: against a private entity that negligently violates the Act, actual damages (rather than liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater); or against a private entity that willfully (rather than intentionally or recklessly) violates the Act, actual damages plus liquidated damages up to the amount of actual damages (rather than liquidated damages of $5,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater). This is a Chamber Initiative.
  • SB3776 (Cunningham) BIPA, Right to action recovery amounts/regulation
    • Assignments Committee
    • This bill provides that a prevailing party may only recover liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, for negligent violation of the Act against a private entity offending party that is not a current or former employer of the prevailing party. Provides that a prevailing party may only recover actual damages.

Oppose

  • HB2736 (Buckner) Right to Action and customer personal data
    • Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT Committee
    • Creates the Right to Know Act. This creates a new act that would prohibit the handling of customers’ personal data without their consent or knowledge. This bill also creates a Right to Action where customers can sue if their rights are violated under law.
  • HB4061 (McDermed) Collection of marketplace seller business data
    • Rules Committee
    • Creates the Online Marketplace Seller Act. A marketplace operator may not gather or store the business data of a marketplace seller for the purpose of sales or marketing.
  • SB2330 (Cullerton) Right to Know and customers’ personal information
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Creates the Data Transparency and Privacy Act. Any business that processes personal information of customers must inform the customer that their information is being processed, either through a service agreement or an online website/application. Provides “a right to know” for customers regarding types of information they may request from businesses.
  • SB3299 (Fine) Consumer Privacy Act and right to request
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Provides that a consumer has the right to request that a business that collects the consumer's personal information disclose to that consumer the categories and specific pieces of personal information the business has collected. Requires a business to, at or before the point of collection, inform a consumer as to the categories of personal information to be collected and the purposes

Monitoring

  • SB2263 (Harmon) Data Privacy Act
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Establishes consumer rights to copies of information held by persons who control and process data. Provides for the correction of inaccurate data. Provides for restrictions on the use of personal data. Provides for the enforcement of the Act by the Attorney General.
  • SB3414 (Castro) Household Privacy, Law Enforcement, and Electronic data
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Provides that a law enforcement agency shall not obtain household electronic data or direct the acquisition of household electronic data from a private party or other third party. This bill provides exceptions.