Illinois

Education - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Illinois Signs HB 2663 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 2663 , legislation that prohibits the expulsion of students from preschool education and early childhood programs that are funded through the Illinois State Board of Education (ABC7CHICAGO...

Potpourri - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Illinois Signs SB 2661 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 2661 , which allows emergency responders to take an injured police dog directly to a veterinarian, provided that no humans need medical attention at that time (KFVS12.COM [CARTERVILLE]...

A Bipartisan Celebration | 08-11-2017

The odds are good that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and former president Barack Obama don’t have a lot in common politically. But that didn’t prevent Rauner from recently signing legislation making Obama’s birthday (Aug 4) a commemorative...

Potpourri - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

Illinois Signs HB 1805 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 1805 , which allows 16- and 17-year olds to sign up with the First Person Consent Organ and Tissue donor registry when they receive their driver's licenses or state ID cards. Parents...

Ed Bill Squabble Threatens IL District Cash Flow | 08-04-2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) veto of the state’s school funding package has some districts worried about having enough cash to open classroom doors in the fall, and a major ratings agency warning about some school districts’ credit...

IL Playing Catch Up On Debts | 07-21-2017

Saying “It’s not like we won the Lotto,” Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza warned that after almost three years without a budget it is going to take some time to eliminate the state’s nearly $14.5 billion debt backlog....

Governors In Brief - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

RAIMONDO ISSUES RI OPIOID EXECUTIVE ORDER Citing an “alarming rate of deaths” from opioid abuse, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued an 18-point executive order aimed at coordinating state and local government efforts to combat the...

Budget Stalemate Ends With Big Tax Hike In IL | 07-14-2017

Illinois ended its record-setting budget impasse this month - after going 736 days without a spending plan - with a flourish. On May 23 the state’s Democrat-led Senate passed a budget package that included SB 9 , which among other things,...

Budgets In Brief - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

IL TAX HIKE WILL IMPACT WI The tax increase that finally allowed ILLINOIS to pass a state budget this month will cost neighboring WISCONSIN , which is facing its own budget impasse, $51 million, according to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative...

Budgets Late In Many States | 07-07-2017

Ten states started the 2018 fiscal year on July 1 without a budget in place, according to the Tax Foundation. A partial government shutdown in one of those states, Maine, ended on the 4th of July when Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed a budget compromise eliminating...

Budgets In Brief - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

IL Gov Calls Special Budget Session ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has called a special session to try to end the state’s unprecedented budget impasse that has already drug on for two years and will enter its third on July 1. The special session...

NJ Casinos Get Big Boost From Online Gambling | 06-09-2017

For the last several years, New Jersey casino revenue has been declining by an average of 7.6 percent a year. But through April of this year, total casino gambling revenue was up 1.7 percent over the same period last year. The reason for the change of...

Budgets In Brief - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

IL Budget Deficit Over $6.2b ILLINOIS’ budget deficit will exceed $6.2 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. The nonpartisan commission, which conducts...

Immigration - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Illinois Approves SB 31 The ILLINOIS House approves SB 31 , a bill that would prohibit Prairie State law enforcement agencies from being able to stop, arrest or search people because of their citizenship status and ban officials from detaining someone...

Budgets In Brief - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Tax Swap In Works In LA The LOUISIANA House passed a pair of bills last week ( HB 359 and HB 360 ) that would establish flat tax rates for individuals of 3.95 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, while eliminating the state deduction for federal...

States Pushing Ahead With Private Sector Pension Plans | 06-02-2017

Undaunted by opposition from Wall Street, Congress and the Trump administration – or by potential litigation down the road – a growing number of states are moving forward with implementing state-run pension plans for millions of private-sector...

Business - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Illinois Approves SB 1502 The ILLINOIS Senate approves SB 1502 , a measure that would require online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to disclose to consumers what data about them has been collected and shared with third parties. It is...

Politics In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Congress Blocks State Retirement Plans Congress voted to eliminate an Obama-administration rule removing regulatory hurdles obstructing states from creating retirement programs for workers who don’t have access to retirement plans through their...

Soda Tax Fizzles In Santa Fe | 05-12-2017

For the past couple of years, taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks have been on a roll. In November 2014 Berkeley, California became the first city to pass such a tax. And that levy’s dual benefit of raising new revenue while reducing the consumption...

Business - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Texas Approves HB 100 The TEXAS House approves HB 100 , which would establish a statewide framework for regulating ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The measure, which would also override local regulations already in place, would establish...

Social Policy - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Social Policy In Missouri A federal judge issues a ruling that blocks two MISSOURI laws that require clinics which perform abortions to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges. U.S. District Judge Howard...

Sanctuary Cities Split Country | 04-28-2017

To anyone who has watched the national political culture split into two poles over the last decade or so, it should be little surprise that the country is moving in opposite directions on so-called sanctuary cities, those which bar local officials from...

Business - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

Business In Indiana The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The ruling from the...

Rapper Raps Rauner | 03-10-2017

It seemed like such a simple thing. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner offered congrats on Twitter to Chicago music sensation Chance the Rapper for winning a trio of Grammy awards. The rapper said he’d like to meet up with the gov to talk about the city...

Zombie Prep | 03-10-2017

They might not be able to fund the schools or get a budget, but Illinois is darned sure getting ready for the impending zombie invasion. Yes, as CNN reports , lawmakers recently endorsed HR 30 , which encourages all Prairie State residents to adequately...

Rauner Outlines IL Medicaid Revamp | 03-03-2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) revealed details of his proposal to overhaul how the Prairie State provides health care to its poorest residents through Medicaid. Tenets would include increasing the number of Medicaid recipients covered under managed care...

Education - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Arizona Declines To Hear HB 2120 The ARIZONA House Education Committee declines to hear HB 2120 , a bill that would have banned colleges from offering classes that promote “resentment or social justice toward a race, gender, religion, political...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Crime - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Crime In IL Hoping to reduce recidivism, ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 3368 , which requires the secretary of state's office to issue a standard Illinois ID card to ex-inmates at the time of release. The inmates must present a birth certificate...

Politics In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Effort to Reverse Gun Control Laws Fails in CA An effort to qualify referendums for the November 2018 ballot on six gun control laws passed in CALIFORNIA this year has failed. Organizers only managed to collect an average of about 166,000 signatures...

Politics In Brief - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Feds Say TX Misleading Voters about Voter ID Requirement The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion in federal court accusing TEXAS officials of misleading voters by telling them they can cast a ballot without a form of photo ID specified by...

Business - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1063 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 1063 , which bars employers from paying workers based on race or ethnicity. The bill moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Gives Endorsement...

Hackers Targeting State Election Systems | 09-02-2016

With just a few months to go before the November presidential election, states are finding their election systems in the crosshairs of hackers. In June the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed Arizona officials that Russian hackers had initiated an...

Budgets In Brief - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

TX DPS Wants $1B for Border Security The TEXAS Department of Public Safety is seeking an additional $320 million in the state’s next two-year budget - on top of its current funding base of $750 million - to beef up border security. (DALLAS MORNING...

Social Policy - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1234 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1234 , which would create a state-sponsored retirement plan for workers employed by companies that don’t offer a retirement savings plan of their own. Employers would...

Business - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1923 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1923 , legislation that bars the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that refuse to do business with Israel. The Garden State becomes the third state...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Crime & Punishment - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 443 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 443 , which would shield people arrested for but not convicted of crimes from having police seize less than $40,000 of their cash assets. The bill returns to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Education - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1257 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1257 , which would require Golden State law students to perform a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono legal work before being allowed to take the bar exam. The measure moves to...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Governors In Brief - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Court Rejects Blago Bid U.S. District Judge James Zagel rejected a request from former ILLINOIS Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to release him from a COLORADO prison, instead reinstating his 14-year sentence on his 2011 conviction on numerous corruption charges...

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Has Some Successes, Momentum | 08-05-2016

The daily fantasy sports industry had a few wins this spring in its first full year of pushing to make its games explicitly legal across the country. And while the question of whether the games are legal remains unclear in much of the nation, and their...

Crime & Punishment - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

The DELAWARE Supreme Court rules that the First State’s death penalty law is unconstitutional because it allows judges, and not juries, the final say on whether to impose a death sentence. Legislation to bar capital punishment passed the Senate...

PA Passes ‘Netflix Tax’ | 08-05-2016

Part of a $1.3 billion budget bailout passed by Pennsylvania lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) last month was an extension of the state’s 6-percent sales tax to include digital downloads and streaming services. Nicknamed the “Netflix...

Social Policy - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 6021 , which allows state employees who retired prior to June 2011, and are in either the Illinois Teachers Retirement System, State Universities Retirement System or Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, to establish...

Crime & Punishment - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Crime in Connecticut The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court reaffirms that a 2012 law abolishing the death penalty in the Constitution State applies to both future sentencing and those persons already sentenced to die for their crimes. The court had reached...

IL Budget Troubles Far From Over | 07-29-2016

The recent good news for Illinois is that, as the Cap J reported in July , Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) and the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature finally agreed on a budget, a $75 billion stopgap spending plan for the 2017 fiscal year that will fund...

Health & Science - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

New York Signs AB 3461 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 3461 , which requires a court order appointing a guardian to oversee the care of an incapacitated person to identify all individuals who are entitled to notice of a person's death,...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Education - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

Education In IL The ILLINOIS State Board of Education announces the Prairie State will stop using the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in reading and math, exams based on the Common Core curriculum designed...