Session Alert – State Employee Pay, Abortion, Immigration
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 9, 2017
Members of the House of Representatives recently received their new committee assignments for the historic 100th General Assembly (2017-2019). I am pictured here presenting a bill in committee. For my complete list of committee assignments, please scroll below.
House to Consider Bills on State Employee Pay & More
The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session on Thursday. Several controversial bills have been introduced, distracting from what should be our top priority: working together to achieve a resolution to the ongoing state budget impasse; finding a solution that respects taxpayers and enacts long-overdue reforms to state government that are holding back our economy. Here is a synopsis of a few of the new bills certain to generate heated debate:
House Bill 1787 / House Bill 1798 – State Employee Pay
Competing versions of legislation to continue paying state employees in the absence of a budget. House Bill 1787 is a Democrat-sponsored bill, whereas House Bill 1798 is a Republican-sponsored measure.
House Bill 40 – Taxpayer-funded abortion
Would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.
House Bill 426 – Immigration “Safe Zones”
Would grant illegal immigrants refuge from state and local law enforcement personnel in Illinois schools, places of worship, and medical treatment and health care facilities; creating so-called “safe zones”. This bill in intended to prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from assisting federal authorities with enforcing U.S. immigration law.
You can watch the debate LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “grandbargain”. Session is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm.
Audio: Rep. Ives’ Interview with WDCB Radio
I did an interview with Gary Zidek from WDCB Radio on the budget battle in Springfield, the need for property tax reform and more. You can listen to the full interview by clicking HERE.
Rep. Ives’ New District Phone Number
I have switched to a new District phone number, 630-384-9719. This new phone number will enable constituents to have increased connectivity with me, including the ability to text me. Texting will allow you to voice your support or opposition to legislation and other policy issues, or simply to ask me a question. Please make a note of this new phone number, 630-384-9719. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to serve you and your family during this historic 100th General Assembly, which coincides with Illinois’ upcoming Bicentennial Celebration in 2018.
Share Your Feedback: Ives 2017 Constituent Survey
It is vitally important for me to receive input from constituents like you. Your feedback helps me to know where residents of our district stand on a wide range of policy questions of concern to Illinois families and taxpayers. For that reason, I have posted a 2017 Survey on my website, www.jeanneives.org. Please take a few moments at your convenience to complete the survey and share your questions and comments directly with me.
All of the issues covered in the survey have been considered by the state legislature in the past; and are likely to be again in 2017. To take my survey, please click HERE. Thank you in advance for your feedback. It is sincerely appreciated.
New Committee Assignments
Committee Assignments for the 100th General Assembly were announced last week. Much of the important work on legislation happens during the committee process. I have been appointed to serve on nine committees in all, including three on which I am the Republican Spokesperson. My committee assignments include:
Government Transparency (Republican Spokesperson)
Labor & Commerce (Republican Spokesperson)
Elementary & Secondary Education – Appropriations
Elementary & Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration & Oversight
Community College Access & Affordability
Government Consolidation & Modernization
Health Care Licenses
Personnel & Pensions
Mass Transit (Republican Spokesperson)
Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed
“The Man Behind the Fiscal Fiasco in Illinois” Reuters: Hundreds of politicians share blame for drowning the state’s government in billions of dollars of debt and unfunded pension liabilities. But House Speaker Michael Madigan – a dominant political force for three decades – has been the constant in key decisions that created the mess… read the full story here
“Illinois Faces Further Downgrades if Budget Deal Not Reached” Bloomberg News: Illinois’s failure to resolve the nearly two-year political impasse over the budget could trigger further cuts to its bond rating, which is already the lowest among U.S. states, S&P Global Ratings said. The report from the company comes as lawmakers weigh measures that would raise taxes, cut pension costs and borrow to cover a backlog of unpaid bills…read the full story here
“Budget Solutions 2018: Balacing the Budget Without Tax Hikes” Illinois Policy Institute: If there’s one message many Illinois politicians and civic groups want taxpayers to hear this budget season, it’s that there’s no fixing Illinois’ fiscal and economic mess without a multibillion-dollar tax hike. Tax-hike proponents also want residents to believe the Illinois General Assembly has already passed all the structural reforms it can, and the only thing left to do now is to hike taxes by $7 billion to $9 billion – and that will fix everything. But that narrative is false. The General Assembly has done nothing to stop Illinois’ downward spiral…read the full story here