IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues - 10.11.17

IVCA Provides Updates for State and Federal Legislative Issues

UPDATE provided by Stricklin & Associates on October 11, 2017:

A primary in the Republican race for Governor?
 
Governor Rauner signed controversial legislation (HB 40) on abortion rights in Illinois (release from Governor https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=14881 ) and his action was met with unusually harsh on-the-record comments from Republican elected officials in the General Assembly.
 
Republican lawmakers have been quoted saying they are now “free agents” to pursue policy as they see fit not always consulting the Governor’s office.  State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), widely considered one of if not the most conservative members of the Illinois General Assembly, is the most specific in considering a primary challenge to the Governor.  http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/10/07/rep-jeanne-ives-inching-closer-run-governor 
Staff Shuffle
 
Governor Rauner announced October 6 a new chief of staff for his office.  Former federal prosecutor Rodger Heaton was named to replace Kristina Rasmussen, who was hired in July to replace a chief of staff who was released in the wake of an agreement on a state budget supported by a handful of House Republicans which included income tax increases.  https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=14913 
Retirements, Replacements
 
Former Assistant Majority Leader Elaine Nekritz, an ally of IVCA, officially stepped down from her position in the Illinois House and was replaced by Northbrook educator Jonathan Carroll.  Nekritz’ spot in the House leadership was taken by now-Assistant Majority Leader Greg Harris, a widely-respected member of the House who is an expert on budget and health care issues but is also a cosponsor of HB 3393, the House version of the 20% “privilege tax” on capital gains income.
 
At this point Nekritz and Rep. Brandon Phelps have resigned their seats, while 9 other House Democrats are seeking other office or not running again.  So far 10 House Republicans are retiring and one is running for State Senate.  Two Senate Democrats are retiring while one is running for Governor.  Three Senate Republicans are retiring and former Minority Leader Christine Radogno resigned.
 
Veto Session looming
 
Retirements and restlessness among Republican House members particularly may create conditions for unpredictable legislative activity during the regularly scheduled Veto Session October 24, 25 and 26 and November 7, 8 and 9. 
 
As we’ve discussed, legislation in the Veto Session takes a 3/5 majority (71 votes in the house) thus making approval of SB 1719 (privilege tax) in the Veto Session somewhat unlikely, however, could the combination of retirements and news reports of more “independence” from some House Republicans get advocates of the tax closer to 71?  IVCA members must remain vigilant in opposition to these proposals and to let your House rep and Senator know you oppose the 20% tax on capital gains.  If you would like to make a call to or a visit to your elected representative, please let IVCA Executive Director Maura O’Hara know and she will work with us to help you be the most effective advocate for our industry.