Legislative Priorities Move Through Springfield

May 4, 2016 

April 22nd, the IL Senate passed SB2047, a bill that contains about 30% of the funding needed for human service providers for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). While this bill is not the health and human service budget bill that we continue to wait on for FY16, if passed by the IL House of Representatives, it will provide a one-time cash infusion that human service providers on the brink of program closures and layoffs desperately need. EverThrive IL encourages the Illinois House to support this emergency cash infusion measure and vote YES on SB2047 this week in order to send it to the Governor's desk.

Our ask is two-fold:  Passage of SB2047 this week in order to get this cash infusion in the hands of community providers at risk of closing their programs, and immediate continued negotiations and passage of a responsible FY16 budget that fully funds the state's priorities. Find your IL State Representative contact information here

 

In other disappointing revenue news, yesterday, members of the Illinois House of Representatives adjourned without considering HJRCA 59, the Fair Tax amendment. If passed, the measure would have given voters a chance at the ballot box to choose to allow a Fair Tax in Illinois, which is an income tax system where those who make lower incomes pay a lower rate, and those who make higher incomes pay a higher rate. With the deadline to get the measure on the ballot having come and gone, voters will not get to weigh in on whether they want the option of ​a Fair Tax​ to be part of the Illinois revenue system​. The Responsible Budget Coalition, in which EverThrive IL is a member, released this statement in response to the inaction on the Fair Tax. EverThrive Illinois urges the Governor's Office and leadership in the IL General Assembly to act now on the array of revenue options that remain available for them to choose from.

 

 

Priority Legislative Measures Update

 

1)  HB5576, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, was passed out of the Illinois House on April 21. The bill was approved on a partisan vote of 61 yes and 52 no following a lengthy and, at times, heated debate. The bill is now in the Illinois Senate, where it is sponsored by Senator Toi Hutchinson and will be considered in committee in early May.

 

2) HB6213, the Meaningful Patient Choice in Medicaid Managed Care Act, was passed out of the Illinois House on April 22. The bill was approved on a bipartisan vote of 108 yes and 0 no. The bill is now in the Illinois Senate, where it is sponsored by Senator Daniel Biss and will be considered in committee in early May.

 

3) HB5736, the AllKids Sunset Date Extension bill, was passed out of the Illinois House on April 19. The bill was approved on a bipartisan vote of 77 yes and 38 no. The bill is now in the Illinois Senate, where it is sponsored by Senator Iris Martinez and was passed out of the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 6 yes and 1 no. HB5736 is expected to be considered in the IL Senate in the coming weeks.

 

 

4) SB2331, the Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) in Medicaid Managed Care trailer bill, was passed out of the Illinois Senate on April 19. The bill was approved on a bipartisan vote of 56 yes and 0 no. The bill is now in the Illinois House, where it is sponsored by Representative Christian Mitchell and was passed out of the Illinois House Human Services Committee yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 13 yes and 0 no. SB2331 is expected to be considered in the IL House in the coming weeks.
 

 

5) SB3007, the Survivor Support and Trafficking Prevention Act, was passed out of the Illinois Senate on April 21. The bill was approved on a bipartisan vote of 49 yes and 1 no. The bill is now in the Illinois House, where it is sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Hernandez and will be considered in committee in early May.

 

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