My Bills Assigned to Reports

Prepared by: Linda Brookhart

Report created on March 8, 2013

 

Headings are in Alphabetical Order

 

 

Appropriations Bills

HB190

$DFPR-TECH (MADIGAN M) Synopsis - House Floor Amendment No. 4 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends Public Acts 97-685, 97-725, 97-726, 97-727, 97-728, 97-729, 97-730, and 97-731 by changing, adding, and repealing various appropriations and reappropriations. Effective immediately. Balanced Budget Note, House Floor Amendment No. 4 (Office of Management and Budget) - HB 190 (H-AM 4) provides supplemental appropriations for a net increase of approximately $603,266,600 in general revenue fund appropriations, approximately $1,516,909,900 in other State fund appropriations, and approximately $48,757,100 in federal fund appropriations. The bill provides for no new revenue sources, nor does the bill requires any additional State spending. This Bill does not directly have any significant fiscal impact. The supplemental appropriation to the Department of Central Management Services for group insurance was expected to be included in the fiscal year 2013. Therefore the fiscal impact to the General Revenue Fund is negligible. Supplemental appropriations provided from other State and federal funds are provided on the basis of the availability of moneys in those funds. - Balanced Budget Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Office of Management and Budget) - HB 190 (H-AM 1 & 4) provides supplemental appropriations for a net increase of approximately $52,266,600 in general revenue fund appropriations, approximately $817,328,500 in other State fund appropriations, and approximately $48,757,100 in federal fund appropriations. The bill provides for no new revenue sources, nor does the bill requires any additional State spending. This Bill does not directly have any significant fiscal impact. The supplemental appropriation to the Department of Central Management Services for group insurance was expected to be included in the fiscal year 2013. Therefore the fiscal impact to the General Revenue Fund is negligible. Supplemental appropriations provided from other State and federal funds are provided on the basis of the availability of moneys in those funds.

 

Current Status: 2/7/2013 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 98-0001  Included money to pay down the health insurance claims - payment will be made in at the end of March.

 

Community Colleges

HB2386

LOCAL GOV-TIF AND REPORT CARD (BRADLEY J) Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that school districts and community college districts shall submit a Fiscal Responsibility Report Card to the State Comptroller and the county clerk of each county in which any part of the taxing district is located. Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that Tax Increment Financing Reports must be filed electronically with the Comptroller within 180 days after the close of the municipal fiscal year or as soon thereafter as the audit for the redevelopment project area for that fiscal year becomes available. Allows the Comptroller to grant extensions. Provides that the Comptroller may charge a municipality a fee if the Tax Increment Financing Report is not filed in a timely manner. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Revenue & Finance Committee

 

HB3067

COM COL-CONTRACT BID-EXCEPTION (BOST M) Amends the Public Community College Act. In a provision that requires contracts to be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, removes the exception for contracts for materials and work that have been awarded to the lowest responsible bidder but must be revised, causing expenditures not in excess of 10% of the contract price. Adds an exception for contracts for the purchase of perishable foods and perishable beverages.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - House Higher Education Committee, (First Hearing)

 

SB1688

COM COL-BASE OPERATING GRANTS (BISS D) Amends the Public Community College Act. Removes a provision that requires a portion of a base operating grant to be allocated on the basis of non-residential gross square footage of space maintained by a community college district. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/5/2013 - Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 6, 2013

 

General Interest Legislation

HB86

VEH CD-PENALTIES: REGISTRATION (FRANKS J) Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that notwithstanding any provision, law, or rule to the contrary, a person who commits a violation of parking of a vehicle with expired registration for the first time shall be subject to fines, penalties, fees, and costs not to exceed $25.

 

Current Status: 3/8/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. David Harris

 

HB997

CONCEALED CARRY-FIREARMS (PHELPS B) Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to a person to: (1) carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person, concealed or otherwise; (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person when in a vehicle; and (3) keep a loaded or unloaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle. Prohibits the carrying of the handgun in certain locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 30 days of receipt of a completed application and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/28/2013 - House Floor Amendment No. 8 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-001-000

 

HB1031

CMS-ITAP-ADD GA/PUBLIC COMMENT (TRYON M) Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that ITAP shall include a database of pension contributions made on behalf of members of the General Assembly Retirement System and the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois and annuity payments for annuitants under those retirement systems. Provides that information on the ITAP database shall be downloadable in Excel or Comma Separated Value format. Provides that the website shall accommodate online comments and questions from the public concerning State expenditures. Provides that the website must contain contact information listing individuals and officials who are able to answer questions about information on the website. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 1/30/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

HB1272

ELECTION JUDGE-WORK ABSENCE (FORTNER M) Amends the Election Code. Provides that an employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time or any form of paid leave time to serve as an election judge. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/8/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sue Scherer

 

HB1296

PEN CD-NO INVESTMENTS IN GUNS (MITCHELL C) Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each pension fund and retirement system established under the Code to make its best efforts to identify all firearm manufacturing companies in which it has direct or indirect holdings and, under certain circumstances, to divest itself of holdings in those companies. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2248

PEN CD-NO INVESTMENTS IN GUNS (WILLIS K) Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each of the 5 State-funded retirement systems (or the Illinois State Board of Investment where applicable) to make its best efforts to identify all firearm manufacturing companies in which it has direct or indirect holdings and, under certain circumstances, to divest itself of holdings in those companies.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2751

PEN CD-CHI TCHR-STATE FUNDING (TURNER A) Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a provision that reduces the required annual Board of Education contribution to the Fund by the amount of any State contribution, makes the reduction apply only if the Board of the Fund certifies that the total assets of the Fund are at least 90% of the total actuarial liabilities of the Fund as of June 30 of the previous fiscal year. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2789

PENCD-CHGO TCHR-HEALTH INSUR (SIMS E) Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section on reimbursement of health insurance costs: (1) deletes a provision limiting total payments in any year to $65,000,000, plus past-due amounts; (2) changes a provision limiting total payments in any year from 75% to 50% of the total cost of health insurance for all recipients, plus past-due amounts; and (iii) adds a provision limiting each recipient to an amount equal to 2.2% of health insurance costs for each year of service credit. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2014.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2837

SCH CD-P-20 COUNCIL-REPORTS (DEMMER T) Amends the School Code. Requires that any and all reports submitted on behalf of education-related advisory groups, boards, committees, councils, task forces, and working groups to the General Assembly, the Governor, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Higher Education also be submitted to the Illinois P-20 Council. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HC2

CONAMEND-GRADUATED INC TAX (JAKOBSSON N) Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that individual income taxes may be at a graduated or a non-graduated rate. Provides that any such tax imposed on corporations shall be at a non-graduated rate, not to exceed the average of the lowest and highest individual rates by more than a ratio of 8 to 5. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield

 

SB10

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND MARRIAGE FAIRNESS ACT (CULLERTON J) Synopsis - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Contains provisions regarding legislative purpose, rules of construction, and severability. Provides that: all laws of this State applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children; parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the marriage is of a same-sex or different-sex couple, have the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under law; parties to a marriage are included in any definition or use of terms such as "spouse", "family", "immediate family", "dependent", "next of kin", "wife", "husband", "bride", "groom", "wedlock", and other terms that refer to or denote the spousal relationship, as those terms are used throughout the law, regardless of whether the parties to a marriage are of the same sex or different sexes; and, to the extent that laws of this State adopt, refer to, or rely upon provisions of federal law as applicable to this State, parties to a marriage of the same sex and their children shall be treated under the laws of this State as if federal law recognized the marriages of same-sex couples in the same manner as the laws of this State. Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Makes changes concerning: parties who may marry; solemnization; use of a parish hall or other religious facility for solemnization or celebration of a marriage; prohibited marriages; and jurisdiction. Amends the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to make changes and additions regarding recognition of marriages and to authorize the voluntary conversion of a civil union to a marriage under specified circumstances. Contains severability provisions. Effective 30 days after becoming law. - Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 - Provides that nothing in the Act is intended to abrogate, limit, or expand the ability of a religious denomination to exercise First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution or the Illinois Constitution nor is it intended to abrogate, limit, or expand the Illinois Human Rights Act or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Makes corresponding changes in other portions of the Act. Provides that no church, mosque, synagogue, temple, nondenominational ministry, interdenominational or ecumenical organization, mission organization, or other organization whose principal purpose is the study, practice, or advancement of religion is required to provide religious facilities for the solemnization ceremony or celebration associated with the solemnization ceremony of a marriage if the solemnization ceremony or celebration associated with the solemnization ceremony is in violation of its religious beliefs. Provides that the named entities shall be immune from any civil, administrative, criminal penalty, claim, or cause of action based on its refusal to provide religious facilities for the solemnization ceremony or celebration associated with the solemnization ceremony of a marriage if the solemnization ceremony or celebration associated with the solemnization ceremony is in violation of its religious beliefs. Defines "religious facilities" as sanctuaries, parish halls, fellowship halls, and similar facilities and excluding facilities such as businesses, health care facilities, educational facilities, or social service agencies.

 

Current Status: 3/1/2013 - State Mandates Fiscal Note Filed

 

SB1899

PENCD-INVESTMENT SERVICES (BISS D) Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section requiring the use of a competitive selection process for obtaining investment services, creates an additional exception for "contracts for follow-on funds with the same fund sponsor through closed-end funds". Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

Health Care

HB73

STATE HEALTHCARE CONTRIBUTIONS (JAKOBSSON N) Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that, beginning in State fiscal year 2015, contributions required for the basic program of group health benefits shall be calculated using a sliding scale that takes into account the following variables: (i) length of service, (ii) ability to pay, (iii) pension income, (iv) Medicare eligibility, and (v) whether an individual has made an election under a specific provision of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits these contributions from being less than the contributions paid for these benefits in State fiscal year 2014. Also makes technical changes. Effective July 1, 2014.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - House State Government Administration Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB96

PEN CD-CLOSE STATE SYSTEMS (THAPEDI A) Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Shifts the costs of health insurance coverage for future employees of certain higher education institutions from the State to those higher education institutions. Creates a new health benefit program for those employees, once they become annuitants, and for their dependent beneficiaries. Terminates provisions providing for the ongoing transfer of funds from the General Revenue Fund to the Teacher Health Insurance Security Fund and the Community College Health Insurance Security Fund. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires certain employers to provide a tax-sheltered annuity retirement plan to eligible employees. Requires current members and participants to elect whether to maintain their current benefits in the State-funded retirement systems. Prohibits the State-funded retirement systems from accepting new members or participants. Changes the amount of the required State contributions to the State-funded retirement systems and, in the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts the liability for making those contributions to employers. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act. Terminates continuing appropriations from the General Revenue Fund to the Teacher Health Insurance Security Fund and the Community College Health Insurance Security Fund. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/21/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1226

GROUP INSURANCE-GA INCENTIVE (VERSCHOORE P) Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2013, the Director shall establish a program of financial incentives to encourage current General Assembly members and annuitants of the General Assembly Retirement System to elect not to participate in the program of health benefits provided under the Act. Requires that election to be irrevocable. Prohibits the financial incentive from exceeding 60% of the average cost of the most affordable State-offered health benefit for which the individual qualifies, as determined by the Director. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1228

GROUP INSURANCE-GA INCENTIVE (VERSCHOORE P) Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2013, the Director of Central Management Services shall establish a program of financial incentives to encourage current General Assembly members and annuitants of the General Assembly Retirement System to elect not to participate in the program of health benefits provided under the Act. Requires that election to be irrevocable. Prohibits the financial incentive from exceeding 50% of the average cost of the most affordable State-offered health benefit for which the individual qualifies, as determined by the Director. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB3374

HEALTH SAVINGS-CONTRIBUTIONS (SENGER D) Amends the State Employee Health Savings Account Law. In the definition of "health savings account program", removes a provision that prohibited the total annual contribution to such a program from exceeding an amount set by the Internal Revenue Service. Changes the amount an employer who makes a health savings account program available to its eligible employees must annually deposit in that account for those employees. Requires the health savings account program to be based on the creation of coverage options so that the average per person employer cost of the programs, including the contributions for the health savings accounts and high-deductible plan, does not exceed the average per person employer cost of the self-insured State employee health benefits program provided under the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 for the same fiscal year. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/26/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

IMRF Pension Specific

HB1259

PEN CD-IMRF-SELF MANAGED PLAN (FORTNER M) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Allows participants in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) to elect to participate in a self-managed program of retirement benefits instead of the program of traditional or reformed retirement benefits currently offered. Provides that the self-managed plan shall authorize a participant to accumulate assets for retirement through a combination of employer and employee contributions that may be invested at the participant's direction in mutual funds, collective investment funds, or other investment products and used to purchase annuity contracts. Requires the Fund to make the self-managed plan available within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Makes conforming changes in the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1271

PEN CD-IMRF-SELF MANAGED PLAN (FORTNER M) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Allows participants in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) to elect to participate in a self-managed program of retirement benefits instead of the program of traditional or reformed retirement benefits currently offered. Provides that the self-managed plan shall authorize a participant to accumulate assets for retirement through a combination of employer and employee contributions that may be invested at the participant's direction in mutual funds, collective investment funds, or other investment products and used to purchase annuity contracts. Requires the Fund to make the self-managed plan available within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Makes conforming changes in the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1351

PEN CD-IMRF-RETURN TO SERVICE (POE R) Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an annuitant shall be considered a participating employee if he or she returns to work as an employee with a participating employer and works more than 599 hours annually (or 999 hours annually with a participating employer that has adopted a resolution excluding from participation in IMRF any person employed in a position normally requiring performance of duty for less than 1000 hours per year). Specifies that each of these annual periods shall commence on the month and day upon which the annuitant is first employed with the participating employer following the effective date of the annuity. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/8/2013 - Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading March 12, 2013

 

Pension Reform

HB98

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEM (NEKRITZ E) Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing) 

Some of this content is part A of SB 1

 

HB1154

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS-TECH (MADIGAN M) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title of the Code.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Floor Amendment No. 10 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended

 

HB1165

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS-TECH (MADIGAN M) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title of the Code.

 

Current Status: 3/1/2013 - House Floor Amendment No. 4 Referred to Rules Committee

 

HB1166

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS-TECH (MADIGAN M) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title of the Code.

 

Current Status: 3/1/2013 - House Floor Amendment No. 4 Referred to Rules Committee

 

HB1266

PENCD-ST SYS-FUNDING RATIO (SOSNOWSKI J) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Increases the prescribed funding ratio for the 5 State-funded retirement systems from 90% to 100%. Makes corresponding changes in the funding formula for each system. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1277

PENCD-ST SYS-NEW COST METHOD (SENGER D) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the current funding provisions of the 5 State-funded retirement systems, changes the actuarial cost method from "projected unit credit" to "entry age normal". Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB1283

PEN CD--ACTUARY--EVERY 3 YEARS (SENGER D) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the actuary of each of the 5 State-funded systems to conduct an investigation of the system at least once every 3 (rather than 5) years. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/8/2013 - Referred to Assignments

 

HB2226

PEN CD-LEAVES-LABOR ORGS (KAY D) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In various Articles of the Code, provides that participants under those Articles are entitled only to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service are received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2228

PENCD-REFORM BENEFITS (KAY D) Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles: (i) suspends the payment of automatic annual increases to Tier I retirees; (ii) changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees; (iii) increases required employee contributions for Tier I participants; (iv) limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants; (v) changes the required State contribution so that each system is 100% funded by 2043; and (vi) guarantees certain funding levels. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for the transfer of certain amounts from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2365

PEN CD-SELF-MANAGED PLANS (FORTNER M) Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Makes changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires each State-funded retirement system that does not already have a self-managed plan to establish and maintain one. Authorizes participants to irrevocably elect to participate in such a plan. Provides that, for the purpose of calculating traditional benefit package benefits and contributions, the annual salary of a participant may not, except under certain circumstances, exceed certain limits. Requires participation in the self-managed plan to the extent that a participant's salary exceeds the salary cap. Revises the schedule of contributions for participants. Shifts a portion of the employer contributions for downstate teachers and university employees from the State to the actual employer. Authorizes the boards of trustees of each of these retirement systems to triennially recalculate the normal cost of benefit plans that they offer. Defines "traditional benefit package" and "self-managed plan". Changes the formula for calculating the minimum required State contribution to these systems. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to pay the annual required State contribution to these retirement systems. Contains provisions requiring these retirement systems to bring a mandamus action to compel payment of the required State contribution. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2375

INCOME TAX-PENSION REFORM (LANG L) Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Provides that, beginning in State fiscal year 2014, a member who is eligible for medicare shall pay the full premium amount for his or her healthcare coverage under the Act. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. For the 5 State-funded retirement systems, incrementally increases employee contributions by a total of 3% of salary, imposes a minimum retirement age of 67 (or 62 with a discounted annuity), changes the funding goal from 90% to 80%, and changes the funding formula (beginning in FY2014, applies a 50-year amortization formula to reach an 80% funding ratio). In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes the current tax rates permanent. In any fiscal year in which the total State contribution to the State-funded retirement systems is less than the proceeds from the income tax increase and the debt service savings from the retirement of the 2010 and 2011 Pension Obligation Notes, grants a refundable income tax credit equal to the difference. Amends the Department of Revenue Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Revenue and the State Comptroller to make certain determinations and certifications. Contains an inseverability provision. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - House Personnel and Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

HB2600

PEN CD-SERS-ALT RETIREMENT ANN (BURKE D) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In provisions that are applicable to new hires, provides that the alternative retirement annuity in the State Employees Article of the Code is available to any person employed in a title or position by a State agency or the Office of Secretary of State and vested with such investigative, law enforcement, or peace officer duties as render him or her ineligible for coverage under the Social Security Act (instead of only to a person who is a State policeman, fire fighter in the fire protection service of a department, or security employee of the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice). Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2620

PENCD-INVESTMENT SERVICES (RILEY A) Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section requiring the use of a competitive selection process for obtaining investment services, creates an additional exception for "contracts for follow-on funds with the same fund sponsor through closed-end funds". Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2725

PENCD-STATE SYSTEMS-COLA (RITA R) Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For Tier 1 employees and their survivors, and for Tier 2 participants in the General Assembly and Judges Retirement Systems and their survivors, imposes a reduction in automatic annual increases in retirement, survivor, and disability annuities. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2746

SCHOOL TAX FREEZE-PENSIONS (SANDACK R) Amends the Property Tax Code to impose a 3-year freeze on tax levies by school districts and community college districts. Amends the School Code and the Public Community College Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. In the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles, increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases Tier I employee contributions. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants and provides that nothing prohibits an employer from providing additional retirement benefits outside the retirement system for participating employees whose compensation exceeds the new salary limitation. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in the preparation of a State budget. Amends the School Code to strengthen the requirements for reimbursement of State mandates on school districts. Includes an inseverability provision. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB2817

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS-TECH (NEKRITZ E) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.

 

Current Status: 2/26/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

HB2993

PENCD-SURS-ADMIN-INCORP TIER 2 (NEKRITZ E) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Deletes references to the State Universities Retirement System from the Tier 2 Section of the General Provisions Article and incorporates the Tier 2 provisions into the State Universities Article. Also makes administrative changes: authorizes the Board to delegate some of its duties; provides that warrants, checks, and drafts need not be signed by the president of the Board; specifies that the Board's rulemaking power includes the time and manner of reporting contributions; authorizes the Board to procure additional actuarial, legal, medical, audit, and other services; makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB3066

PENCD-TRS & SURS-SMPS (FORTNER M) Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Makes changes concerning transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Amends the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the Teachers' Retirement System to establish and maintain a self-managed plan one. Authorizes participants to irrevocably elect to participate in such a plan. Provides that, for the purpose of calculating traditional benefit package benefits and contributions, the annual salary of a participant may not, except under certain circumstances, exceed certain limits. Requires participation in the self-managed plan to the extent that a participant's salary exceeds the salary cap. Revises the schedule of contributions for participants. Shifts a portion of the employer contributions for downstate teachers and university employees from the State to the actual employer. Authorizes the boards of trustees of each of these retirement systems to triennially recalculate the normal cost of benefit plans that they offer. Defines "traditional benefit package" and "self-managed plan". Changes the formula for calculating the minimum required State contribution to these systems. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to pay the annual required State contribution to these retirement systems. Contains provisions requiring these retirement systems to bring a mandamus action to compel payment of the required State contribution. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - Assigned to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

 

HB3130

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEMS (FLOWERS M) Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for the transfer of $1 billion from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund in 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter. Provides for the termination of those transfers in State fiscal year 2057 or when each of the designated retirement systems has achieved the funding ratio prescribed by law for that retirement system, whichever occurs first. Specifies that the transferred amounts do not reduce and do not constitute payment of any portion of the required State contribution. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Includes annual retirement income above $125,000 in the calculation of adjusted gross income. Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides a new funding formula, designed to bring the total assets of the System up to 80% of the total actuarial liabilities of the System by the end of State fiscal year 2057. Contains a funding guarantee that obligates the State to make certain contributions. Provides for the recalculation of the required State contribution to each of the Systems for State fiscal year 2014. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/26/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

HB3162

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEMS (HOFFMAN J) Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund according to a specified schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier. Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the manner in which the annual required State contribution is calculated so that the the affected systems are 100% funded by 2045. Provides that employee contributions to the retirement systems are increased an additional 1% on July 1, 2013 and 2% on July 1, 2014. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to each retirement plan participant and retiree to provide funding to the retirement systems according to the specified amortization schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier, in addition to the annual required State contribution certified by the Board for each fiscal year. Provides that each retirement system has the right to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any installment of the annual required State contribution certified by the Board and the transfers required under the Budget Stabilization Act. Further provides that if a retirement system shall fail to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any required installment, then any participant or retiree may bring such a mandamus action. Effective July 1, 2013.

 

Current Status: 3/7/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine Hammond

 

HB3264

PEN CD-UNUSED SICK LEAVE CRED (ROTH P) Amends the State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that service credit is not available for unused sick leave accumulated by a person who first participates in the System on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/6/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly Burke

 

HB3265

PEN CD-EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS (ROTH P) Amends the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for academic years beginning on or after July 1, 2013, if the amount of a participant's earnings for any academic year used to determine the final rate of earnings, determined on a full-time equivalent basis, exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same employer for the previous academic year, determined on a full-time equivalent basis, by more than the unadjusted percentage increase in the consumer price index-u for that year (rather than 6%), then the participant's employer shall pay to the applicable System, in addition to all other payments required and in accordance with guidelines established by that System, the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of the unadjusted percentage increase in the consumer price index-u for that year (rather than the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%). Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/28/2013 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Wheeler

 

HB3291

PENCD-LIMITS ON MEMBERSHIP (IVES J) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. in the General Assembly Article, restricts participation in the General Assembly Retirement System to persons who become participants before the effective date and provides that, beginning on that date, the System shall not accept any new participants. Makes related changes. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Chicago Municipal, and Cook County Articles, provides that a person who holds part-time elective office is not an employee, contributor, or participant with respect to that office, unless he or she (i) was elected to that office before the effective date and (ii) has elected while in that office to become a contributor. Provides that an elective office shall be presumed to be part-time in the absence of an official job description or determination by the legal advisor of the applicable unit of local government, filed with the Board of the Fund, declaring the elective office to be full-time.

 

Current Status: 2/26/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

HB3303

PENSION SERVICE CREDIT FREEZE (MORRISON T) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. With respect to the 5 State-funded retirement systems: Provides a new funding formula for State contributions, with a 100% funding goal and amortization calculated on a level dollar amount. Provides that no additional service credit may be accrued and no automatic increase in a retirement annuity shall be received. Provides that the pensionable salary of an active participant may not exceed that individual's pensionable salary as of the effective date. Provides that State-funded retirement systems shall establish self-directed retirement plans for all active participants and all employees hired on or after the effective date. Provides that all active participants shall have the option of participating in a self-directed retirement plan. Provides that these changes are controlling over any other law. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/5/2013 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jeanne M Ives

 

HB3372

PEN CD-ELIGIBILITY REFORMS (SENGER D) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles, imposes limitations on participation by certain persons. In the State Employees Article, provides that, for new members: (i) "compensation" does not include any payments or reimbursements for travel vouchers, and (ii) service credit is not available for unused sick leave. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 2/26/2013 - Referred to House Rules Committee

 

HB3411

PENCD-REFORM STATE SYSTEMS (CROSS T) Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the Downstate Teacher and State Universities Articles, creates a Tier 3 composite defined-benefit, defined-contribution retirement plan for employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 and certain others. Makes corresponding changes in other parts of those Articles and in the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I and Tier 3 participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Adds State funding guarantees. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that this amendatory Act takes precedence. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/4/2013 - Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Dwight Kay

 

HC11

CONAMEND-REPEAL PENSION RIGHTS (SOSNOWSKI J) Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Repeals a provision that specifies that membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 

Current Status: 2/21/2013 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison

 

SB1

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEMS (CULLERTON J) Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Contains a Part A, which is intended by the General Assembly as a stand-alone reform of the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code and takes effect upon becoming law. Contains a Part B, which is intended to provide alternative provisions that take effect only if and when a corresponding portion of Part A is determined to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid or unenforceable. In Part A, caps pensionable salary, temporarily suspends and reduces the amount of automatic annual increases, requires the systems to be 100% funded by 2043, and increases required employee contributions. In Part B, requires persons to make an election either to accept reductions in the amount of, as well as delays in eligibility for, automatic annual increases or to forgo certain healthcare benefits and future increases in pensionable income. Effective upon becoming law, except that specified portions of Part B take effect upon the date following the date upon which certain contingencies occur.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - Senate Executive Committee, (First Hearing)

 

SB35

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEM (BISS D) Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. In the General Provisions Article, creates a cash balance plan for new hires of the State Universities and Teachers' Retirement Systems and for certain Tier II participants. Increases the retirement age for certain Tier I members and participants. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases for Tier I retirees. Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers. Makes other changes. Amends the State Finance Act. To the list of standardized items of appropriation, adds "State retirement contribution for annual normal cost" and "State retirement contribution for unfunded accrued liability". Defines those terms. Amends the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act. Adds those terms to a list of classifications to be used in statements and estimates of expenditures submitted to the Office in connection with the preparation of a State budget. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Includes an inseverability provision. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - Senate Executive Committee, (First Hearing) is companion bill to HB 98

 

SB1223

PENSION FUNDING & FAIRNESS (MURPHY M) Creates the Pension Funding and Fairness Act. Provides that the maximum annual percentage change in State fiscal year spending may not exceed the inflation adjustment factor plus the population adjustment factor. Provides that, in order to adopt an increase in State spending beyond that limit or an increase in State revenue, the measure must be approved by a three-fifths supermajority vote of each chamber of the General Assembly and must be approved by a majority of voters. Provides for the imposition of an emergency tax. Establishes the Past Due Paydown Fund, into which the Comptroller shall transfer any amount necessary up to the total past due operating debt owed by the State, and provides that the General Assembly may authorize transfers, appropriations, and allocations from the fund to fund only the costs of paying down the remaining past due debt. Requires any remaining funds to be transferred into the State Budget Stabilization Fund. Establishes the State Budget Stabilization Fund to fund the costs of State government up to the expenditure limit in years when State revenues are less than the amount necessary to finance expenditures. Limits the fund from exceeding 8% of the total General Fund revenues received in the immediately preceding fiscal year, and requires the transfer of any excess into the Taxpayer Relief Fund. Establishes the Taxpayer Relief Fund, and provides that, if the amount in that fund exceeds 1% of General Fund expenditures, then the General Assembly shall enact legislation to provide for the refund to taxpayers of amounts in the fund. Contains provisions concerning annual pension payments. Amends the State Finance Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

SB1224

PEN CD-SALARY-NO SICK/VACATION (MURPHY M) Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For participants who first become participants on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, prohibits (i) payments for unused sick or vacation time from being used to calculate pensionable earnings and salary and (ii) unused sick or vacation time from being used to establish service credit. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/1/2013 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Dan Duffy

 

SB1534

DEFERRED COMP-ROTH ROLLOVERS (ROSE C) Amends the Deferred Compensation Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that to the extent that federal law or regulations have been changed to allow plans established under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code to be amended to allow designated Roth contributions and in-plan rollovers to designated Roth accounts, the Department of Central Management Services and units of local government with such plans shall within a reasonable time amend their plans accordingly.

 

Current Status: 3/6/2013 - Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 7, 2013

 

SB1687

PEN CD-SURS-RETURN TO WORK (BISS D) Amends the State Universities Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Delays by one year the implementation of the return to service provisions added by Public Act 97-968. Authorizes an employer to notify the System that an annuitant is returning to service by providing the annuitant's rate of compensation and anticipated length of employment (now, an employer may give notice in that manner only if there is not a written employment contract). Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - Senate Licensed Activities & Pensions Committee, (First Hearing)

 

SB2203

PENCD-STATE ACTUARY-FUNDING (DILLARD K) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. For the 5 State-funded retirement systems, requires the Board to follow the State Actuary's recommendations when making the final certification of the annual required State contribution. Changes the funding formula to achieve 100% funding in 30 years. Also makes technical changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

SB2357

SCHOOLS AND PENSIONS (MCCARTER K) Amends the Project Labor Agreements Act. Prohibits the State Board of Education and the Capital Development Board from requiring a project labor agreement for any school construction project or grant. Authorizes a board of education to exempt any school construction project from the requirements of the Act. Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits employees, except in certain circumstances, from receiving a retirement annuity before age 62. Changes the conditions of eligibility for, and the amount of, automatic annual increases in retirement annuities. Caps pensionable salary and compensation. Suspends the accrual of benefits in traditional and portable benefit packages. Establishes a self-managed plan for each State-funded retirement system. Requires affected participants to participate in the self-managed plans with respect to future service. Shifts normal costs to local school districts if certain mandates are funded. In various Articles, excludes new hires of certain government-related organizations from participation in State retirement systems. Amends the School Code. Makes changes in provisions concerning mandates for public and private schools. Repeals the Driver's Education Act. Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Prohibits school districts from entering into, amending, or renewing certain technology-related collective bargaining agreements. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that a board of education may exempt school construction projects undertaken in the district from the Act. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

SB2368

PENCD-COLA-TRS COST SHIFT (MCCARTER K) Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the 5 State-funded retirement systems: (1) increases employee contributions; (2) decreases the annual increase in retirement annuities; (3) adds funding guarantee language and authorizes a mandamus action against the State; and (4) specifies that State pension funding is subordinate to certain debt service. In the Teachers' Retirement System, provides for the incremental shifting of responsibility for employer contributions from the State to the actual employers, contingent upon the State funding certain school programs. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

SB2404

PEN CD-REFORM STATE SYSTEMS (HOLMES L) Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for transfers from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund according to a specified schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier. Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the manner in which the annual required State contribution is calculated so that the the affected systems are 100% funded by 2045. Provides that employee contributions to the retirement systems are increased an additional 1% on July 1, 2013 and 2% on July 1, 2014. Provides that the State is contractually obligated to each retirement plan participant and retiree to provide funding to the retirement systems according to the specified amortization schedule beginning in FY 2016 and continuing until FY 2045 or until the retirement funds have achieved a 100% funding ratio, whichever is earlier, in addition to the annual required State contribution certified by the Board for each fiscal year. Provides that each retirement system has the right to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any installment of the annual required State contribution certified by the Board and the transfers required under the Budget Stabilization Act. Further provides that if a retirement system shall fail to bring a mandamus action against the State to compel the State to make any required installment, then any participant or retiree may bring such a mandamus action. Effective July 1, 2013.

 

Current Status: 3/14/2013 - Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues, (First Hearing)

 

University Specific

HB1032

UNIV EMPLOYEE EDUC BENEFITS (TRYON M) Amends various Acts relating to the governance of State universities. With respect to any contract or collective bargaining agreement entered into, amended, or renewed on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, provides that a university is prohibited from entering into a contract or agreement that offers its employees or contractors tuition waivers, grants, scholarships, or any other higher education benefits for the children, spouses, or other family members of the employees or contractors. Provides that nothing in this prohibition prevents or diminishes the right of a child, spouse, or other family member of an employee or contractor to borrow money for higher education expenses or apply for and be awarded a tuition waiver, grant, scholarship, or other award for higher education expenses, provided that there is no conflict of interest and no preference is given on account of the person being the child, spouse, or other family member of an employee or contractor. Provides that nothing in this prohibition shall diminish the value of contractual rights existing before the effective date of the amendatory Act that are enjoyed by employees and contractors of the university or their children, spouses, and other family members. Repeals provisions that permit the children of employees of a State university who have been employed by any one or by more than one State university for an aggregate period of at least 7 years to receive a 50% tuition waiver. Effective immediately.

 

Current Status: 3/13/2013 - House Higher Education Committee, (First Hearing)

 

 

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