A year ago, McHenry County Blog looked at what Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks was doing in Springfield and discovered he was king of the shell bills.
These are bills with no content.
They only have a title.
This weekend, I took a look at bill activity with a 2016 date.
From the content of some of the bills you can discern what Franks will emphasize of a positive nature in his fall campaign against Republican Steve Reick.
If you wish to skip the bills he has co-sponsored, look here.
On the right hand side is the date of the last action on each bill to which his name is attached.
The House Bills on which he is Chief Sponsor, his name can be seen in the second column.
The “Last Action” column is where I found the following bills that are alive, some even kicking this year (click on the bill number to find out more about the legislation, including its history):
House Bill 402 – Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a deduction for individuals, trusts, and estates for certain qualified student loan payments made during the taxable year. Provides that the deduction is excluded from the Act’s automatic sunset provisions. Effective immediately. [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 473 – Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning tax credits for providing child care for employees. [One of Jack’s shell bills now in the Rules Committee, Mike Madigan’s way to ask legislators to say, “Mother, may I?”]
House Bill 1334 – Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighter, Chicago Police, and Chicago Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a person who first entered service after January 1, 2017 is receiving pension payments and becomes a member or participant under any other system or fund and is employed on a full-time basis, he or she shall immediately notify the pension fund that is making those pension payments of his or her participation or membership under a system or fund created by the Code and the pension payments shall be suspended while the person is employed full-time. Provides that the suspension shall end upon termination of that full-time employment. Effective immediately.[This bill is ready for consideration on the House floor, where only four people will be able to speak, because it is on what is called “Short Debate.”]
House Bill 1437 – Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Criminal Diversion Racial Impact Data Collection Act. Requires that, in accordance with reporting guidelines for law enforcement agencies under the Criminal Identification Act, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shall report the number of persons arrested and released without charging, and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons. Requires that, in accordance with reporting guidelines for State’s Attorneys under the Criminal Identification Act, the Authority shall report the number of persons for which formal charges were dismissed, and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons. Requires that, in accordance with reporting guidelines for circuit court clerks under the Criminal Identification Act, the Authority shall determine and report the number of persons admitted to a diversion from prosecution program, and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons, separated by each type of diversion program. Provides that the Authority shall publish information received and an assessment of the quality of that information under the Act every calendar year. Provides that the Authority, Department of State Police, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and Illinois State’s Attorneys Association may collaborate on any necessary training concerning the provisions of the Act. Contains legislative findings. Defines required terms. Provides for a repeal date of the Act on December 31, 2020. Effective January 1, 2017. [Bill is on the House floor ready for Short Debate.]
House Bill 3130 – Amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, if the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the current levy year (excluding new property, recovered tax increment value, and property that is annexed to or disconnected from the taxing district in the current levy year) is less than the total equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the taxing district for the previous levy year, then 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). Effective immediately. [In the Rules Committee.]
House Bill 3760 – Creates the Local Government Tax Incentive Disclosure Act. Provides that each unit of local government shall report the annual value of any tax incentive granted by the unit of local government as lost revenue on the annual financial report for that unit of local government. Provides that the term “tax incentive” means any property tax abatement granted by a unit of local government or any tax increment financing affecting a unit of local government. Provides that, no later than August 1 of each year, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly the total value of all tax credits awarded by the Department. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that units of local government shall report the annual value of any tax incentive granted by the unit of local government as community investment revenue (in the introduced bill, “lost revenue”) on its annual financial report.
House Bill 4263 – Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for the 2016 and 2017 levy years, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law applies to all taxing districts, including home rule units and school districts. Provides that, for the 2016 and 2017 levy years, the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law is 0% or the rate of increase approved by the voters. Preempts home rule. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Amends the School Code. Creates a General State Aid Committee to propose a revised school funding formula for Illinois schools. Effective immediately. [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 4290 – Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the aggregate rate of tax imposed by all taxing districts on any parcel of residential property that, as of January 1 of the levy year, has been occupied by a qualified taxpayer as his or her principal dwelling place for a period of at least 30 years shall not exceed 5%. Provides that the term “qualified taxpayer” means a person who (i) is 65 years of age or older during the taxable year, (ii) is liable for paying real estate taxes on the property, and (iii) is an owner of record of the property or has a legal or equitable interest therein as evidenced by a written instrument, except for a leasehold interest, other than a leasehold interest of land on which a single family residence is located. Contains provisions concerning applications for the reduction. Effective immediately. [In the Rules Committee.]
House Bill 4300 – Creates the FY2016 and FY2017 Budget Implementation (Revenue) Act. Creates the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation Act. Authorizes the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to incorporate the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation as a not-for-profit corporation. Creates the Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act. Imposes an assessment of 1% on claims paid by a health insurance carrier or third-party administrator. Provides that the moneys received and collected under the Act shall be deposited into the Healthcare Provider Relief Fund. Repeals the New Markets Development Program Act on July 1, 2016. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes changes concerning: the apportionment of business income for persons other than residents; the bonus depreciation deduction for property acquired by a small business; the research and development credit; and transfers into the Local Government Distributive Fund. Amends the Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act. Provides for an amnesty period beginning October 1, 2016 and ending November 8, 2016. Amends the Limited Liability Company Act. Reduces certain fees. Eliminates stipends for various local and county officers. Amends various Acts to eliminate compensation and expense reimbursement for certain boards and commissions. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the rail carrier and rolling stock exemptions sunset on June 30, 2016. Makes changes concerning gasohol. Makes changes concerning the Public Aid Code. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Makes changes concerning staffing. Effective immediately.
House Bill 4612 – Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section granting a Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, provides that the maximum income limitation is $60,000 for taxable year 2016 and thereafter. Effective immediately. [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 4613 – Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reduces the rate of tax on corporations to 1% beginning on January 1, 2016 (currently, the rate is 5.25% until January 1, 2025 and 4.8% thereafter). Makes corresponding changes in provisions concerning transfers to the Local Government Distributive Fund. Effective immediately. [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 4979 – Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency Division of the Counties Code applies to all counties (currently, only applies to DuPage County). [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 4980 – Amends the Township Code. Removes a restriction limiting townships to 126 square miles. Provides that a township plan for altering the boundaries of townships shall require a new property tax rate to be levied on the affected townships after the boundaries are altered. Provides that a county board may by resolution initiate a referendum to discontinue all townships in a county (currently, a referendum can only be initiated by citizen petition). Provides that a county board may elect to restructure into a commission form of government after discontinuance of township organization (currently, a county is required reorganize into a commission form of government). Further provides that the county board or the voters of a township may dissolve all offices of township assessor and multi-township assessor in specified counties with the county assessor or supervisor of assessments replacing each township assessor or multi-township assessor. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that a township road district, with roads of less than a total of 25 miles in length, may be abolished by the township board of trustees or by public referendum. Amends the Property Tax Code, the Counties Code, and the Public Health District Act making conforming changes. [In Rules Committee.]
House Bill 5293 – Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. In a provision concerning nonparticipating facility-based physicians and providers, provides that “facility-based provider” now includes specialty hospital and urgent care center (currently only participating hospital and participating ambulatory surgical treatment center). Provides that a participating hospital shall post on its website certain criteria, including (1) the names and hyperlinks to the websites of all health insurers and health maintenance organizations for which the hospital contracts as a network provider or participating provider; (2) certain disclosure statements relating to health care practitioners that provide services in the hospital; (3) and contact information and contact instructions of the health care practitioners and practice groups that the hospital has contracted with to provide services in the hospital. [A shell bill introduced by House Speaker Mike Madigan that was passed onto to Jack Franks. It has turned into what you read above. It is on the House Floor facing full debate.]
House Bill 5648 – Amends the Regional Transportation Authority Act. Provides that on and after January 1, 2017, any fixed route public transportation services provided by or through the Commuter Rail Board shall be provided at a 50% discounted fare off the non-discounted adult fare to all students who present a valid student ID card issued within the previous 12 months by a college or university in the metropolitan region, or under such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Commuter Rail Board. [In the Rules Committee.]
House Bill 5699 – Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that repair and replacement parts transferred as part of a goodwill repair of exempt farm machinery and equipment are also exempt from the taxes imposed under the Acts. [In the Rules Committee.]
House Bill 6220 – Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Makes a technical change to the Section concerning mix designs. [A new shell bill, which is in the Rules Committee.]
House Bill 6230 – Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Makes a technical change to a Section concerning beneficial use determinations. [Another new shell bill in the Rules Committee.]
HJR Constitutional Amendment 55 – Proposes to amend the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution. Replaces procedures concerning the recall of the Governor with procedures concerning the recall of an executive branch officer as identified in Section 1 of Article V of the Illinois Constitution, a member of the General Assembly, or an individual holding a local elected office, including, but not limited to, mayors, village presidents, council members, school board members, community college officials, and county officials. Sets forth requirements for recall petitions and elections. Provides for a successor election to fill the vacant term of a recalled officer, member, or individual. Sets forth duties of the State Board of Elections. Provides that the new provisions are self-executing and judicially enforceable. Contains a schedule for adoption and other provisions. [In the Rules Committee.]