HBAI's End of Session Bulletin

End of Session Bulletin 

Bill Ward, Executive Vice President, HBAI 

Here are the bullets on issues followed by HBAI during the 2016 Spring Session of the 99th Illinois General Assembly. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at billward@hbai.org. 

TAXATION & FEES 

* House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 59 (C. Mitchell, D-Chicago) amends the State Constitution to allow for a graduated income tax to take the place of the current non-graduated tax. HBAI and a host of other associations opposed this measure which failed final passage in the Illinois House. 

 

* HB689 (Lang, D-Skokie) would have created the tax brackets authorized with the passage of HJRCA59. The income brackets included two “Millionaire brackets raising income tax rates to at least 8.75% and 9.75% for those earning at least $750,000 or more in annual income. HBAI and many others opposed this bill which did not pass in the House. 

 

* Sales Tax on Services (not just materials sold) was placed on the negotiation table by at least one Working Group in the Illinois House meeting on the formation of the FY2017 budget. What services would have been added as those that may be assessed state sales tax was never revealed. HBAI opposes the application of sales tax onto home building and remodeling services. In the unlikely event that Republicans and Democrats hammer out an agreed budget, the concept of sales tax on services may move forward. 

 

* SB3267 (Cullerton, D-Chicago) would have created a new form of taxing motorists in Illinois. The Illinois Road Improvement and Driver Enhancement Act (I-RIDE) would have required motorists to pay a distance-based metered fee for use of public roads in Illinois. Motorists would receive credits against the fee for estimated motor fuel taxes paid by the motorist. Predicated on the idea that electric cars are not paying their fair share of road usage, the bill had no support because of the manner of assessing the fees. HBAI opposed this measure which did not get out of committee. 

 

* SB1433 (Bush, D-Grayslake) would have created the Carpet Stewardship Act which would have implemented fees for the disposal of carpeting except when carpet is recycled. HBAI opposed the measure even though the fee would be paid by carpet manufacturers. The bill never received a hearing. 

LABOR 

* HB3297 (C. Mitchell, D-Chicago) and SB2147 (Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields) were both bills that would have mandated paid sick leave for all employees, no matter how large or small your business might be. The contents of the two measures differ, but both would have placed a hardship, especially on small business owners who operate on small profit margins. Neither bill advanced to the Governor’s desk, HBAI joined in with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB (among others) in opposing both bills. 

 

* HB6162 (Skoog, D-Peru /Collins, D-Chicago) creates the Employee Sick Leave Act to provide employees the use of their personal sick leave benefits for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parents, in-laws, grandchildren, and grandparents, or stepparents. HBAI was neutral on the bill which passed both houses. 

LAND USE 

* SB3053 (Althoff, R-Crystal Lake) would have taken away developers’ rights to choose which method of bonding shall be used to insure completion of public improvements. The bill would have given the option, which has been with the developer for 20 years thanks to HBAI, to the unit of local government governing the development. HBAI led the opposition to this measure and was joined by the AGC, ABC, NFIB, and the Illinois Chamber. Senator Althoff held the bill from consideration in committee at our request. 

 

* HB6033 (Pritchard, R-Hinckley) would require developers to maintain township roads that are near developments that are being built in municipalities. HBAI opposed this measure and was joined by the Ill. Aggregate Producers Association. Pritchard held the bill at our request. 

LICENSURE & BUSINESS REGULATION 

* SB463 (Holmes, D-Aurora & Harmon, D-Oak Park) would have created a Practice Act for interior design work. With passage, builders and remodelers would have been required to have their plans certified by an interior designer in the same manner that they are required, in certain circumstances, to get an architect’s seal. HBAI opposed the measure and was joined by the Illinois Architects, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The bill was bad enough that Senator Linda Holmes dropped her sponsorship and it was picked up by Senator Don Harmon. He held the bill from consideration through the end of the Spring session. 

 

* SB3084 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) would have prohibited the disposal of general construction debris into landfills if it is comingled with asphalt shingles. HBAI joined Waste Management in opposing this bill which was not called for final passage in the Senate. The bill was propelled by a consortium of asphalt shingle recycling plants located throughout Illinois. 

 

* SB2863 (Connelly, R-Lisle) would have required the purchaser of a building containing condominiums to pay to the unit owners that voted against the sale of the building, 90% or more of the price the unit owner paid for the unit. HBAI opposed the measure and the bill’s sponsor attempted to gain our neutrality by amending the bill to say that the purchaser would assist in moving costs for the dissenting voters. HBAI remains opposed but to the bill but has committed to work with Senator Connelly over the summer to find a reasonable solution to this problem. 

GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION 

* HB229 (Franks, D-Woodstock / Bush, D-Grayslake) gives to Lake & McHenry Counties, the same powers given to DuPage County to consolidate certain local services and dissolve certain kinds of unnecessary government entities. HBAI supported this bill which passed both houses. 

 

* HB4501 (Yingling, D-Round Lake, T. Cullerton, D-Villa Park) would have given all counties the power to consolidate certain local services and dissolve certain kinds of unnecessary government entities. HBAI supported this measure and hopes to see more like it in the future. The bill passed the House but was held from final consideration in the Senate.