IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues - 08.02.17

IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues

UPDATE provided by Stricklin & Associates on August 2, 2017:

The General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto of the budget package on July 6th.  The spending bill (SB6), revenue bill (SB9), and budget implementation plan (SB42), are now effective.  
 
Through our persistent efforts, coalition-building, and discussions with leadership, we were successful in preventing the inclusion of the 20% "privilege tax" proposal. We were also successful in maintaining opposition that prevented the standalone bill (SB1719) to be called or amended. We will continue to monitor this issue as it could arise in any veto session or next session.
 
The General Assembly was called back for another special session from Wednesday July 26th through the 31st, in order to come to agreement on school funding reform.  Senate Bill 1, was passed by both chambers on a primarily partisan roll call, and the Governor has vowed to amendatory veto the bill.  Negotiations have been ongoing and as of the time of this writing, there is not yet agreement.  School funding reform legislation is necessary in order for schools to receive and use the funds appropriated by the budget. 
 
Efforts to broaden our outreach to legislators continues, and members have been invited to several upcoming IVCA events.  Senator Heather Steans and Senator Chris Nybo are among those expected to attend one of the events.