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Wednesday, January 4

January 2012 - State Legislative Update

Phil Milsk, NASW Illinois Governmental Relations Consultant

Budget and State Pensions Key Issues

As we head into 2012, preparation begins for the new spring legislative session in Illinois. There are no scheduled session days until January 31, 2012. During January and early February there will be thousands of bills introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate. Committtee hearings on bills will begin in February. 

Key issues this year will be, as usual, the Illinois state budget and the closely related issues of how to address the state's growing pension payment obligation and unpaid bills that disproportionately affects human services and health care providers.  

Here is a timetable of important dates on the 2012 Spring legislative schedule:

  • January 26:  House Deadline for New Bill Requests at the Legislative Reference Bureau
  • January 31: Senate Deadline for New Bill Requests at LRB
  • February 1: Governor's State of the State Address
  • February 10: Deadline for introducing new bills (Senate)
  • February 13–17:  No Session
  • February 16:  Deadline for introducing new bills (House)
  • February 22: Governor's Budget Address
  • March 9: Deadline for Substantive Senate Bills to Advance out of Senate Committees; Deadlne for Substantive House Committees to Advance out of House Committees
  • March 20:  Primary Election
  • Late March: Social Work Advocacy Day
  • March 30:  House Third Reading Deadline for House Bills; Senate Third Reading Deadline for Senate Bills 
  • April 1–16:  Easter and Passover Break
  • May 4: Deadline for Substantive Senate Bills to Advance out of House Committees; Deadline for Substantive House Bills to Advance out of Senate Committees
  • May 25: Senate Third Reading Deadline for House Bills; House Third Reading Deadline for Senate Bills
  • May 31: Scheduled Adjournment

The Budgeting for Results (BFR) Commission issued its first report on November 2, 2011. To read the report go to www. and click on the link for the BFR Commission. A link to the report will be available on the commission's home page. The commission has scheduled meetings each month from January through August. The schedule and minutes from previous meetings are available on the commission's website. The next meeting will be held on January 27, 2012, by video conference in Chicago (16-100 Thompson Center) and Springfield (Room 205 State Capitol Building) from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

The governor is set to issue a report on budget priorities and revenue projections for the next three years in the next couple of days. This is required under the same law that created the BFR Commission.

Posted on 01/04/12 at 11:33 AM


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