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Legislative update from the week of February 4

by Beth Camplain | Feb 08, 2019
Highlights include: repeal of the 3% salary limitation, minimum wage, and more.
House Personnel and Pensions Committee to hear bill to repeal 3% salary limitation
HB 350
 (Willis) is scheduled to be heard in the House Personnel and Pensions Committee February 14. HB 350 would repeal the 3% pension liability limit on the state’s responsibility for pay raises that are used in pension calculations. If the legislation is enacted, the limitation would revert to the previous 6% threshold. To file a witness slip in support of this bill click here.

Minimum teacher salary bill advances
SB 10
(Manar) will be debated by the full Senate in the coming weeks. This is Sen. Manar's second attempt at raising the statewide minimum salary for public school teachers in Illinois to $40k by 2023. Currently, minimum mandated salaries are set at $11k for teachers with a Master’s degree and $10k for those with a Bachelor’s. The IFT supports SB 10 and believes it will be a significant step towards addressing the state’s teacher shortage.

House Education Committee advances LGBT history initiative
HB 246
(Moeller) was approved by the House Elementary School Curriculum and Policies Committee. This bill would require a portion of public school history courses to include the study of LGBT figures and ensure history books are non-discriminatory. Local school districts would still set the curriculum and have control over when the additional subject matter is included.

Restoration of 105 ILCS 5/18-8.05 update
IFT initiatives
SB 28 (Bertino-Tarrant) and HB 247 (Crespo) advanced in committee this week. Both bills seek to restore the instructional day requirements as they were prior to November 9, 2018 prior to issuance of an ISBE memo.

Minimum wage increase passes
SB 1
(Lightford/Guzzardi) passed the Senate and is posted for a hearing February 13 in the House Labor Committee. This bill would increase Illinois' minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour (where it has sat since 2010) to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020. After a bump to $10 on July 1, 2020, the wage would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025. The IFT supports this bill.

House education hearing on charter management and the CICS strike
Rep. Chris Welch chaired the Elementary and Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School Committee for a hearing this week in Chicago. The committee delved into the ongoing lack of accountability and financial transparency by charter management organizations.

A look ahead
The House is in session next Wednesday through Friday, while senators return to their districts until the week of February 18.

Gov. Pritzker will deliver his budget address and State of the State message on February 20. 



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