IASB Legislative Report 102-24

Delivered via email: October 29, 2021

Frantic Veto Session Draws to a Close

Late October felt more like late May as legislators worked into the night to pass many important bills that will impact local school boards, the State of Illinois, and potentially the Congress of the United States of America. The latest IASB legislative report predicted a busy week, but the number of major bills and legislative action required to get those issues over the finish line exceeded expectations.
Major COVID-19 legislation was on the docket as the Health Care Right of Conscience Act was amended to prevent the law from providing cover for those not wishing to comply with COVID-19 requirements. However, to get this controversial bill through the House and the Senate, an immediate effective date was removed and the changes, if signed by the governor, will not take place until June 1. Additionally, school employees would be given an unlimited amount of paid “administrative leave” for a personal illness or the illness of a child due to COVID-19.
Without any gubernatorial vetoes to address, one the most pressing tasks for the Illinois General Assembly during Veto Session was passing a new Congressional District map for Illinois. Since Illinois lost population numbers, the state is losing one congressional district under the new map. For several hours on Thursday, October 28, it looked like a deal on a new congressional map would have to be put off until January. Due to much negotiation and the pressure to produce a map or risk a map being drawn by an outside entity, the House and Senate passed a new map at the 11th hour, on partisan lines.

Bills Awaiting Governor's Approval

The following bills have passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly and now await the approval of Governor JB Pritzker:
HB 594 (Lightford, D-Hillside) extends the sunset date for school districts to utilize interfund transfers to June 30, 2024.
HB 1975 (Mussman, D-Schaumburg) addresses grooming and sexual abuse in schools by providing several resources and training for parents, students, and teachers regarding sexual misconduct in schools, including developing a code of conduct and updated sex education class curriculum. The bill also adds grooming to criminal sexual assault offenses in the Criminal Code. The bill was amended in the Senate and sent to the House for further action.
HB 2778 (Belt, D-E. St. Louis) would require that school support personnel be paid when school districts utilize e-learning days; provides that teachers retain any sick leave days used because of  COVID-19.
SB 1139 (Turner, D., D-Springfield) extends several TIF districts across the State of Illinois.
SB 1169 (Harmon, D-Oak Park) limits the Health Care Right of Conscience Act to not apply to compliance with COVID-19 requirements.

Delegate Assembly Webinars to be Held November 3 and 10

Two webinars will be held to discuss this years Delegate Assembly and the Resolutions Committee Report. The webinars will provide an overview of resolutions and an explanation of changes for the 2021 Delegate Assembly. Registered delegates and interested board members are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. If your district has not named a delegate for this year’s Assembly, please review the Resolutions Committee Report and name a board member to represent your district at the Joint Annual Conference. Roster managers for IASB member districts can continue to register their district delegate online until Thursday, November 18. Onsite registration at the Joint Annual Conference for the Delegate Assembly will only be available on Friday, November 19, in the IASB Info Center. Delegates may register online; voting at the Delegate Assembly must take place in person.