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Monday, Apr 19, 2021

* This is why you never want to chair the Revenue Committee

Despite broad bipartisan support for measures to reduce the tax Illinois levies on trailers, legislation has failed to advance.

State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, has House Bill 636. There are 62 co-sponsors on the bill, more than enough to pass the House with a simple majority of bipartisan lawmakers.

Bourne said there are nine identical bills from Republicans and Democrats that decrease the trailer fee that was increased in the governor’s capital bill enacted in 2019. […]

State Rep. Mike Zalewski, who is the chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, said despite having more than enough cosponsors to pass the measure in the House, he won’t let it out of committee.

“Until I’m provided with a funding alternative, I’m not going to willy nilly send every single bill to the floor,” said Zalewski, D-Riverside.

The following day on the House floor, state Rep. Tim Butler said the fee increase wasn’t negotiated as part of the governor’s capital plan. Some Republicans said they were told it was a drafting error, but Butler said it’s led to as many as 150,000 fewer trailer plate renewals and needs to be addressed because people can’t afford it.

Chairing that committee means telling lots of people “No” when you’d rather just say “Yes.” Zalewski told me last week they’re trying to work it out. We’ll see.

* Center Square

Illinois could be moving closer to a ban on the sale of dogs and cats that have been sourced from breeders at retail pet stores.

House members have approved a measure that would prohibit a pet shop operator from offering for sale a dog or cat that has been obtained through a breeder or a person reselling animals from a breeder. Retail pet stores still would be allowed to offer dogs and cats obtained from an animal control facility or an animal shelter.

State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, says the stores don’t have an incentive to make sure families can take on the financial burdens of these pets, which often end up with serious health problems.

“These pet stores want to buy really, really cheap animals, really, really, really young,” Chesney said. “They want to pull the heartstrings of an uninformed buyer. They want to sell it at a very expensive cost. And any time they get a buyer that’s unhappy, they’re going to just pay them a bunch of money to go away because they have so much profit built into these animals.”

* Email from Rep. Stoneback’s office…

Rep. Stoneback introduced HB 3483 to strengthen our state’s Firearm Restraining Order. The bill is timely in light of all the mass shootings our country has seen this past year. I wanted to bring this to your attention in hopes of having it included as part of your “It’s just a bill” segment. I’ve included a quote below that you may use as part of the post. Thank you for your time and consideration.

“In the wake of the over 150 mass shootings our country has experienced so far this year, our state legislature must do more. The Firearms Restraining Order (FRO) in Illinois is a crucial—but vastly underutilized—tool to prevent tragedies by temporarily removing firearms from those who pose a significant danger to themselves or others. My bipartisan bill, HB 3483, would strengthen this law by closing loopholes and providing much-needed educational resources for law enforcement as well as the general public.”

From the synopsis

Provides that the Department of Public Health, subject to appropriation or other available funding, shall conduct a program to promote awareness of firearms restraining orders to the general public. Provides that beginning July 1, 2022, the program must include the development and dissemination, through print, digital, and broadcast media, of public service announcements that publicize the options victims of domestic violence have to seek help with special emphasis on the firearms restraining order. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall develop and approve a standard curriculum for a training program on the Firearms Restraining Order Act. Provides that the Board shall conduct a training program that trains officers on the use of firearms restraining orders, how to identify situations in which a firearms restraining order is appropriate, and how to safely promote the usage of the firearms restraining order in a domestic violence situation. Officers who have successfully completed this program shall be issued a certificate attesting to their attendance. Amends the Firearms Restraining Order Act. Provides that a firearms restraining order includes the seizure of the respondent’s ammunition. Provides that “family member of the respondent” includes a former spouse and a person with whom the respondent has or allegedly has a child in common. Provides that a petition for a firearms restraining order may be filed in any county where an incident occurred that involved the respondent posing an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to the respondent or another by having in his or her custody or control, or purchasing, possessing, or receiving, a firearm or ammunition. Includes printing a petition for a firearms restraining order for which no fees may be charged by the circuit clerk. Provides that the Illinois State Police shall submit a yearly report to the General Assembly concerning the applications and issuance of firearms restraining orders.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments
  1. - very old soil - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:10 pm:

    Did UHaul object to reducing the small trailer fee? I parked my little trailer that I traded a leaf blower for. Figured I could rent from UHaul for a lot less than $118


  2. - fs - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:17 pm:

    == “Until I’m provided with a funding alternative, I’m not going to willy nilly send every single bill to the floor,” said Zalewski, D-Riverside.==

    Seems like an odd statement to make this session, when countless bills have been advanced through committee “with promises to keep working and amend”


  3. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:20 pm:

    ===when countless bills have been advanced through committee ===

    Revenue is a different animal.


  4. - Blue Dog - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:21 pm:

    Just another tax by Democrats on the working poor and middle classes.


  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:23 pm:

    I put an ST class (semi trailer) plate on my single axel trailer ,$19 one time fee. Need a class B plate on tow vehicle, weight of tow vehicle, trailer and contents may not exceed 10,000 pounds. Call SOS office it’s completely legal….. for now.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:23 pm:

    Bourne should put 60 on the steps…

    … but I like a good show and it’s true for passage, is that helpful?

    It’s good theatre, can it force a bill passing? Dunno.


  7. - Facts Matter - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:31 pm:

    Maybe Representative Bourne should have filed a motion under House Rule 58 to have the bill discharged from Revenue committee to the floor. Rule 58(d) says the motion needs 60 votes and she had 62 cosponsors . . . .


  8. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:40 pm:

    I’m all for having LEO’s trained to better understand and promote firearms restraining orders. Would be nice to see a parallel bill that promotes safe firearms training for residents.


  9. - Stix Hix - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 3:44 pm:

    ==Just another tax by Democrats on the working poor and middle classes.==

    Trailers (very often empty–I’ve never figured that out) go up and down my street a lot, pulled by $80.000.00 250’s.

    Could be they’re workin’ poor. I dunno.

    My pickup is a ‘96 150. Never considered myself poor.


  10. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 4:16 pm:

    === 150,000 fewer trailer plate renewals and needs to be addressed because people can’t afford it.===

    It’s really hard to take a tax policy position seriously when someone comes along and says some nonsense like this since it was increased from $18 to $118. If that increase in tax is the sole purpose why you can no longer afford a trailer under 3000 lbs, perhaps we should be grateful as they did not have the means to safely maintain their trailer either.


  11. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 4:26 pm:

    ===I put an ST class (semi trailer) plate on my single axel trailer ,$19 one time fee.===

    I’ll take “How to lose your insurance coverage for a thousand.”


  12. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 5:30 pm:

    “Would be nice to see a parallel bill that promotes safe firearms training for residents.”

    There actually was a private not-for-profit organization that did just that, at no cost to the taxpayer, from 1871 - 1977. It was first proposed, based upon a nearly identical British organization still extant, in a letter to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War; the 4th President was Winfield S. Hancock (hero of Day Three at Gettysburg - “There are times a Corps Commander’s life does not count!”); and it supported Gov. Reagan signing the Mulford Act in 1967 (banning the carrying of loaded firearms in public).

    That organization died a nasty death and was replaced in Cincinnati, during May 1977, by the Ike Clanton wannabes who now run the NRA. The emphasis on safe handling and use of firearms has been replaced by a Dirty Harry-like obsession on shooting out the eye of a gnat at 200 yards.


  13. - SIU - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 5:50 pm:

    Checked with State Farm prior to getting my three ST Plate stickers.

    Good to go.


  14. - We've never had one before - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 9:09 pm:

    I have three small trailers that I cannot justify buying plates for, two of them are for towing behind my motorcycle. those two will turn into RVs if they don’t drop this trailer fee.


  15. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 11:25 pm:

    - Facts Matter - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 2:31 pm:

    Cute that you think the GOP has read the rules.


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