The Illinois Municipal League’s Legislative Staff recently provided municipalities with an overview of the status of legislative initiatives after the veto session concluded.
Governor Bruce Rauner had issued either a total veto or an amendatory veto of 83 legislative bills. During six days in November, the Illinois General Assembly met in Springfield to decide whether it would take action on any of the Governor’s vetoes.
The General Assembly considered three House Bills that affect paramedics and municipalities.
The legislature overrode the Governor’s vetoes of three pieces of legislation that will expand benefits to paramedics who do not perform any firefighting duties. These benefit enhancements will increase costs for affected municipal governments. The Village of Oak Lawn opposed all three legislative issues but the General Assembly overrode the vetoes. State Representatives Kelly Burke and Fran Hurley voted to override the vetoes. State Senator Bill Cunningham also voted yes.
HB 126 Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Willis, (D-Addison) and Sen. Linda Holmes, (D-Aurora) includes paramedics employed by a unit of local government in the definition of firefighter under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. With the override of the Governor’s veto, this new law went into effect immediately.
HB 127 Rep. Kathleen Willis, (D-Addison and Sen. Linda Holmes, (D-Aurora) includes paramedics in the definition of firefighter for the purposes of determining Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA) eligibility. After the override, this new law went into effect immediately.
HB 5221 (P.A. 100-1143) (Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison/Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora) adds paramedics to the definition of firefighter for the Public Employee Disability Act (PEDA). This new law becomes effective on January 1, 2019.
During the regular legislative session, State Representative Kelly Burke and Senator Bill Cunningham sponsored HB 4282 to restrict the disconnection from a municipality if the property is included in a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). Governor Rauner Vetoed the legislation and the matter was revisited in veto session. The Governor’s veto was overridden. The Illinois Municipal League supported the override, and the bill became effective upon passage. The restriction applies to any pending petition to disconnect as well as petitions filed after the effective date of the act.
The General Assembly also addressed new legislation during the six-day veto session including House Floor Amendment #2 to SB 203 sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) and Representative William Davis (D-Homewood), which would set the prevailing wage rates at the rates determined by a collective bargaining agreement rate if 30% of the workforce on public works projects within the jurisdiction were subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
IML opposed the legislation due to the potential mandated increases to the prevailing wage, which will lead to more strain on municipal budgets. The legislation passed both chambers, but Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) filed a motion to reconsider the legislation. The legislation will remain in the Senate until the motion is withdrawn or voted on by the Senate.