Legislative Update: August 22, 2018

Governor Rauner Signs Breen Bills into Law
We are at that time of year when the Governor is signing into law the bills that were passed during the legislative session between the middle of January and the end of May. This year I was successful in sending nine bills to the Governor’s desk. As of this writing, all but one has been signed into law. These bills include: 

HB 1336 (Public Act 100-0567): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to prohibit car insurance carriers from increasing policy premiums, cancelling policies or refusing to renew policies for individuals who have a car accident while using their personal vehicle in their role as an Emergency Management Services (EMS) volunteer.

HB 2040 (Public Act 100-0667): Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow Lombard’s Soaring Eagle Academy, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-approved therapeutic day school that caters to the unique educational needs of autistic children, to transport students in grades K-8 to off-site educational activities on their multipurpose bus.

HB 4711 (Public Act 100-0595): Cleans up the Counties Code and Municipal Code to ensure that neighbors bringing lawsuits against a zoning or building code violator sues the correct parties and avoids taxpayer money being wasted on suits that will ultimately be dismissed.

SB 2291 (Public Act 100-0867): Requires the Toll Highway Authority to post to its web site all meeting agendas at least two business days in advance of any meeting, and specifically tell the public the details of any contracts of over $100,000 in those agendas.

SB 2524 (Public Act 100-0925): Creates a task force to inform Illinoisans of the methods and benefits of proper disposal of expired and excess pharmaceuticals and the risks associated with improper and non-disposal of those products.

SB 2585 (Public Act 100-0590): Clarifies the statutes as they relate to fees paid for information in a driver’s record by ensuring private companies cannot circumvent the current $12 fee for each record by requesting parts instead of all of the record.

SB 2660 (Public Act 100-0713): Protects funds that are dedicated to the support of individuals who are living with a significant disability in an “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (ABLE) account, by protecting those resources from garnishment by the government on the death of that disabled individual.

SB 2889 (Public Act 100-0799): Amends Illinois law to allow school children to use newer Epi-Pen technology and less expensive generic epinephrine delivery technology in schools.

SB 3295 (awaiting final action): Provides that a sworn pleading or other document may be used in court without having to go through the additional step of securing a stamp from a notary public.

Rep. Breen to Partner with Local Assessors for Seminar on Understanding/Appealing Property Tax Assessments
I hear almost daily from DuPage County residents who feel overtaxed. Many fear they may lose their homes. One of the most popular events I host each year is a free seminar where residents of the 48th District can learn how tax bills are created and how to challenge an assessment that is thought to be too high. On Tuesday, August 28 I will once again be partnering with Milton Township Assessor Chris E. LeVan and York Township Assessor Deanna Wilkins for this informative event. A brief presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session. 

                     Tuesday, August 28
                     7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
                     Glen Ellyn Police Department Public Meeting Room
                     65 S. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn

Due to space constraints, RSVPs are requested. If you would like to attend the property tax assessment seminar, please RSVP by calling my office at (630) 403-8135.

Illinois Environmental Council Recognizes Rep. Breen for Perfect Score on Environmental Scorecard
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently announced that I earned a 100% perfect rating in 2018 on matters relating to the environment. As lawmakers we must do everything we can to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. And as a parent, I am particularly interested in preserving the quality of the environment for our future generations. 

In determining the IEC “scorecard” for Illinois lawmakers, the IEC considered General Assembly members’ votes on several bills in 2018. Click here to view the full scorecard and the list of bills that were scored.

Upon announcing the perfect score award recipients, IEC Executive Director Jen Walling said, “Representative Peter Breen demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session. He voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on several pieces of key legislation. The IEC is honored by Representative Breen’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”

End of Session Report to Hit Mailboxes in 48th District
Each year my staff and I compile a comprehensive End of Session Report, which details legislative activity during the year’s legislative session. Be checking your mailboxes in the coming days for delivery of my 2018 Report. 

Breen Publishes 2018 Legislative Survey
Included in my 2018 End of Session Report is a link to an online survey. I hope to receive wide participation by the residents of the 48th District. This year’s survey includes some multiple choice questions and an area for an open-ended response. The survey is now open. Please take a few minutes to share your input. You can click here to get started. 

Bicentennial Commission Announces Plans for August 26 Constitution Day
On August 26, 1818, Illinois adopted its first state Constitution. This anniversary will be celebrated across the state later this month with a variety of events, including the dedication of a new Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield adjacent to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion. 

Governor Bruce Rauner will kick off the anniversary in Shorewood with his annual Route 66 Motorcycle Ride which culminates at the new Plaza where he will preside over the dedication and then host a BBQ for riders at the Mansion. Those interested may register at govsride.eventbrite.com.

Additional celebrations will take place in many other regions of the state – from Kaskaskia to Highland Park – to mark the occasion in 1818 when the state ratified its Constitution. The full list of events and details can be found at www.illinois200.com. The list includes: 
  • Governor’s Route 66 Motorcycle Ride – Shorewood to Springfield, IL 
  • East St. Louis Heritage Festival in partnership with Ameren Illinois and City of East St. Louis- East St. Louis, IL 
  • Where Illinois Began Dedication in partnership with Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Chester, IL 
  • Bicentennial Plaza Dedication in partnership with the Illinois REALTORSÃ’ Association and City of Springfield– Springfield, IL 
  • Du Quoin State Fair Veteran’s Day Celebration in partnership with Illinois Department of Agriculture – Du Quoin, IL 
  • Addison Bicentennial Parade & Bash in partnership with the Village of Addison and the Medinah Shriners – Addison, IL 
  • Galena Constitution Day Celebration in partnership with Visit Galena and the Grant Home– Galena, IL 
  • Dixon Constitution Day Celebration – Dixon, IL 
  • Ravinia Concert featuring New Orleans musical tribute to Chicago Blues– Highland Park, IL 
Breen Hosts Successful Summer Reading Program
Each summer I host a “Summer Reading Safari” summer reading program for students residing the 48th District in grades Pre-K through 5th grade. We had great participation again this year, and those who completed a goal of reading eight or more books during their summer vacation will soon receive information about a fall reading celebration party. If your child participated in this year’s program, the party information will be emailed in the coming days. 

Governor Rauner Signs Bill that Expedites Consolidation Procedures
With more than 7,000 individual units of government in our state, supporting consolidation initiatives that save taxpayers money is very important to me. On August 10, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a piece of legislation for which I served as Chief Co-Sponsor that simplifies and expedites consolidation procedures for certain layers of government. SB 2543 allows mosquito abatement district boards, by a majority vote, to consolidate the abatement district into a municipality, township or county with agreement by the entity that would assume the mosquito abatement responsibilities. Under the previous law, mosquito abatement districts could only be dissolved through a lengthy process of petition, hearing and referendum. There was no procedure for an abatement board to make a consolidation decision. SB 2543 is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0793.

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