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 December 1, 2017

 This Week in Illinois

Happy December Illinois Chamber members!  The legislature was not in session this week but lawmakers continue to hold subject matter hearings throughout the state and introduce legislation.  



This week marked the third hearing on legalizing the use of cannabis in Illinois.  The joint House and Senate hearing was a subject matter hearing only, in other words no official votes were taken.  The placeholder bills for the hearing were SB 316 and HB 2353.  Both of these bills would allow residents to carry up to 1 ounce of cannabis by those 21 and older.   Driving under the influence and smoking the substance in public would also be prohibited.  The senate sponsor, Democratic state Senator Heather Steans claims the state would generate an estimated $350 million to $700 million a year in tax revenues.  


As currently written,  the Chamber opposes both SB 316 and HB 2353 as the language does not go far enough to safeguard employers as it does under the state’s medical marijuana statute.  Any final product must have strong protections for employers for unemployment insurance, ability for employers to to maintain a drug free workplace and employer protections under workers’ compensation claims.  


The sponsors have indicated they intend to introduce and advance legislation this spring.  We will be sure to update members on further developments as they arise.  



This week, Republican state Representative Barbara Wheeler introduced legislation that would amend the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).  HB 4174 would require any data collector that owns or licenses personal information concerning an Illinois resident to notify the resident of any security breach of the system data within 48 hours of discovery of the breach (rather than current law requiring notification in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay).


Members may recall the Illinois Chamber lead negotiations on behalf of the business community when PIPA was originally enacted a few years back.  With data breaches becoming increasingly common and given many businesses collection of personal data, this law has broad implications on many businesses.  


The Chamber is in contact with the sponsor’s office to gauge the level of importance this legislation will be for the upcoming session.  It is still too early to tell but we will provide updates as they arise.  Those interested in receiving more information on this issue are encouraged to reach out to Tyler Diers.  



As the new year approaches, the Illinois Chamber’s government affairs team is putting together our 2018 legislative package.  If you or your organization are in need of a legislative fix to a specific issue or are interested in a specific initiative, please email us your ideas.  



This Sunday on December 3, the People of Illinois will begin on a 365-day celebration to December 3, 2018 which marks our great state’s 200th birthday.  At the center of the celebration will be a year-long multimedia campaign called Born, Built & Grown.  The campaign honors tremendous people, places, and things that make Illinois so endearingly strong, kind, and beautiful.  


View the state’s bicentennial website and find out events and project near you right here!




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