Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session.
To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement.
You can take a look at them below:
House Bill 173 – Repeals Section providing authority to sue [I’m guessing this is a typo by the Legislative Reference Bureau and the correct word is “site.”] automated traffic law enforcement systems at intersections in which cameras are used to photograph or video record a motor vehicle’s failure to stop and yield as required by traffic control signals. Denies home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement from the State. Makes conforming and other technical changes.
House Bill 174 – Creates the Local Government Dissolution Act. Provides that electors may petition for a referendum at the next general election to dissolve a non-home rule unit of local government. Sets forth the requirements for the petition, together with the form and requirements for the ballot referendum. Provides for the transfer of all real and personal property, and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving unit of local government to the receiving unit of local government. Amends the Election Code to provide exceptions for the Local Government Dissolution Act.
House Bill 175 – Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a request for review may be filed not later than 60 days after the discovery of an alleged violation of the Act (instead of 60 days after the alleged violation) if facts concerning the violation are not discovered within 60 days after the alleged violation but are discovered at a later date by a person utilizing reasonable diligence.
House Bill 176 – Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, reduces the rate of tax to 3% for individuals, trusts, and estates and 4.8% for corporations. Makes corresponding changes concerning the distribution of tax proceeds. Provides that, if the State exceeds certain specified spending limitations, the Auditor General shall post a copy of the supplemental spending report on his or her website.
House Bill 177 – mends the Property Tax Extension Limitation [Tax Cap] Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax years 2015 through 2017, the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters).
House Bill 178 – Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a Township Property Tax Extension Freeze for the 2015 levy year for townships with a population of 100,000 or less that are located within a county that is subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.
House Bill 179 – Amends the General Assembly Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that no person first elected or appointed to the General Assembly on or after November 8, 2016 shall be eligible to become a participant in the General Assembly Retirement System.
House Bill 180 – Amends the Salaries Act. Decreases the annual salary of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Attorney General by 10% beginning on January 9, 2019. Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Decreases the annual salary and committee service stipends of General Assembly members by 10% beginning on January 11, 2017 for each member of the House of Representatives and each member of the Senate elected to a 2-year term commencing January 14, 2015 and beginning January 9, 2019 for all other members of the Senate.
House Bill 181 – Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Reduces the district office allowance of members of the General Assembly by 10%.
House Bill 182 – Provides that funds for township and road districts may be derived from other road district sources, but may not exceed the amount that would be allocated under the motor fuel tax fund formula.
HJRCA5 – Proposes to amend the Executive Article of the Illinois Constitution. Eliminates the office of Lieutenant Governor, beginning with the term of office otherwise commencing in 2019. Effective upon being declared adopted.