Jim Semelka (Oak Park) and
Kerstin von der Heide (Downers Grove) have
been a part of a prevailing wage committee that consisted of public bodies
including their legal representatives and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus,
contractors including arborists and IAA lobbyists, and labor unions. The
committee met multiple times between March and September of 2012. The
group developed a Question and Answer format or FAQ for trees and landscaping,
and how and when the Prevailing Wage Act applies. The committee members
then met with the Director of IDOL, Mr Joseph Costigan, his legal staff and top
management level employees on Dec 12, 2012, and then a follow-up meeting
March 18, 2013. Director Costigan indicated IDOL would prepare a
response to the committee's FAQ with a revised version. I have attached
their response which I read as favorable f [ ... ]
Statehouse Briefing includes an action alert on legislation that would increase
the cost of public works projects, an update on United States Senate passage of
the Marketplace Fairness Act, a new and costly workers’ compensation amendment,
and our Statehouse Preview video for this week.
concluded Third Reading activity on Thursday afternoon. The House did not
convene this past week. We are now beyond both the House and Senate deadlines
for moving bills out of their chamber of origin and over to the opposite
chamber. A significant caveat is that the Senate extended the deadline for
several bills. This provides legislators with more time to negotiate with
affected parties toward compromise, draft language, and round-up votes for
passage. Both the House and Senate return to Springfield on Tuesday, April 30.
Jim Klein, Local Roads Acting Bureau Chief, made these comments at the luncheon for the APWA/ASCE Legislative event in Springfield last week.
CMAP issued this review of action in Springfield this week:With just seven weeks left in session, the
Illinois General Assembly met again in Springfield
this week. CMAP has been tracking over 350 bills this session, but only a
fraction of those are still active. Friday, April 19 marks the next
deadline for pending legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives --
bills that originated in the House must pass third-reading deadlines. On
Wednesday, April 25, bills originating in Illinois Senate must pass a
corresponding deadline. Bills that do not meet those deadlines require
approved extensions from House and Senate leadership to advance through the
legislative process. The following Policy Update discusses action from
the week of April 15-19. (attached)
adjourned this afternoon after completing floor action on the final day to move
House bills over to the Senate. Following a weeklong break, House members will
return to Springfield
on April 30 to begin consideration of Senate bills. Meanwhile, the Senate
cancelled session for Friday, and will return on April 23, just ahead of the
April 25 deadline for moving Senate bills over to the House. The major work item that impacts Public Works in this group was HB 924 Competent Bidder. An overview is attached.
Illinois and Chicago Chapter APWA members joined IL Section ASCE members for an afternoon of legislative visits in Springfield on 4/16/2013. This event was combined with the IML Public Works Committee meeting, and a total of 35 people met for lunch at the Sangamo Club. The speaker was John Lowder, with the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC). Many dire statistics about the state of funding for transportation in Illinois were given. The recommendation of the TFIC is to refocus on a policy of funding for maintenance (versus political funding decisions), with reliable, indexed for inflation revenue, and dedicated funding. He suggested that nothing would be decided about transportation funding until the pension issue is resolved. The legislators in the House and the Senate were both in session that afternoon, but some visits were madeand a reception was held in the evening.
The IML Public Works Committee met on 4/16/2013 and received IDOT updates on:the required QBS process for projects with Federal fundingupdates on special provisionsproposed Senate Bill 2363MFT eligible expenses, etc.The handouts from this meeting and the minutes of the 2/20/13 and the 12/12/12 meetings are attached.
The IML requests that you contact your state representative and urge that he or she opposeHB 924. The bill as amended would require that contractors adhere to the "responsible bidder" requirements of the Illinois Procurement Code.
Assembly is back this week following a two-week break. The House resumed
legislative activity on April 8, and the Senate will return to Springfield on April 10. The number of bills
being tracked by the IML has been substantially reduced at this point. Prior to
the March 22 deadline for moving bills out of committee, we were tracking
between 500-600 bills. We are presently tracking fewer than 200 bills.
BLRS Procedure Memo 2012-07 was recently issued that allows a Local Public Agency to use MFT funds for the removal of Ash trees within the public right-of-way in the quarantined zone if they are shown on a detailed inventory. The procedure memo is attached.
Action is urged on the Marketplace Fairness Amendment.
Stay up to date on discussions and pending legislation in Springfield.
Immediate action is urged by IML in response to a proposal to reduce the amount of income tax that is shared with municipalities. IML askes you to contact your legislators immediately.
Please save the day to join us Tuesday, April 16th in Springfield for our annual Sprinfield drive-down with the Illinois Section of ASCE. More information will be made available as plans are finalized.