The week is going to start off with a bang. Here’s what you need in your calendar:
- At 9:00 a.m. the House Revenue & Finance Committee will meet in Capitol room 122B for a subject matter hearing on bills that would ban the Sweetened Beverage Tax HB4082 and HB4083. The two are sponsored by Assistant Republican Leader Michael McAuliffe, of Chicago, and Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), respectively. A lengthy roster of witnesses taking a swing at Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s new tax are expected, although bill movement is unlikely. It essentially gives legislators a chance to say, “I’m against the tax!” for election time.
- Dueling committees will open at 10:00 a.m. In Capitol room 115 the Human Services Committee will take up House Floor Amendment 1 to SB1707 from Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago). HFA1 remakes a bill enacting more stringent regulation of cannabis sales into a measure protecting existing Medicare managed care agreements obtained by Cook County. This comes on the heels of a recent announcement of the Rauner Administration cutting in half the number of eligible Medicare managed care organizations.
- Meanwhile, the Executive Committee will meet in Capitol room 118 at 10:00 a.m. to take up SB482. The measure is carried by Senate President John Cullerton and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and addresses 2017-2018 Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) restrictions in its Senate Amendment 1. The tax carve-outs were a late-added sticking point in Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1. The committee may run long; 11 other bills are on the agenda including a measure authorizing $10 billion in bonds.
- Some have speculated SB482 could ultimately be the vehicle to move newly negotiated school funding reform language, but keep an eye on HB3163. House Speaker Mike Madigan previously confirmed the House would advance the SB1 understudy in the event of a failed override of SB1’s veto.
The House chamber will convene at 11:00 a.m. And as Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) noted last week, popcorn is no longer offered on the floor. You’ll need to bring your own.