DuPage County Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee met April 24.
Here is the agenda provided by the Committee:
1. Call To Order
9:15 AM meeting was called to order by Chair Sam Tornatore at 9:35 AM.
2. Roll Call
Present: DiCianni, Elliott (9:40 AM), Khouri, Krajewski (9:38 AM), Tornatore, Zay
Member Elliott requested the record reflect he was late due to his attendance at the
Technology Committee. Member Krajewski was late because of the Technology Committee.
Other County Board Members present: Elizabeth Chaplin, Greg Hart
County Staff present: Mary Keating, Sheryl Markay, Conor McCarthy, Doreen Phillipp,
Chad Shaffer, Evan Shields, Chris Snyder, Christopher Walton
Public present: Dino Gavanes
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A. Legislative & Governmental Affairs Committee - Regular Meeting - Feb 27, 2018 9:15
Result: Accepted [Unanimous]
Mover: Peter Dicianni, District 2
Seconder: James Zay, District 6
Ayes: Dicianni, Elliott, Khouri, Krajewski, Tornatore, Zay
4. Public Comment
There was no public comment.
5. Chairman's Remarks
Chairman Tornatore thanked staff and the ten County Board Members who drove to Springfield on April 11, 2018. The Board Member’s presence in Springfield was acknowledged through various meetings with Legislators, and the Governor. SB 1451, the Small Cell Wireless Act was recently signed into law by the Governor. This law negatively impacts DuPage County and Chairman Tornatore is participating in negotiations to amend the language to benefit municipalities and the County.
6. Action Item
A. Action Item -- April 24, 2018 Bill List (attached to Agenda Packet)
The record should reflect that Committee Member Jim Zay left the meeting at 9:48 AM.
The April 24, 2018 Bill List, attached to the Committee packet, was briefly discussed. Ms. Markay asked the Committee for their recommendations of support or opposition regarding three specific bills; HB 1187, SB 2313, and SB 2483. The Committee Members discussed SB 2483, Hotel/Motel Tax bill which permits non-home rule municipalities, that are members of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau to appropriate certain percentages of their tax dollars collected from the Municipal Hotel Operators’ Occupation Tax to promote tourism within that municipality. A Percentage of the collected taxes may also be used for economic development or capital infrastructure. Committee Member Dicianni stated this bill benefits the DuPage municipalities. Committee Member Krajewski commented on the importance of hotel infrastructure. Member Chaplin shared some ideas other areas of the state are doing regarding hotels and tourism. There was also a brief conversation of HB 1187 and SB 2313. After discussion the Committee approved the recommended positions outlined in the Bill List.
Result: Approved [Unanimous]
Mover: Sam Tornatore, Chair
Seconder: Tonia Khouri, Vice Chair
Ayes: Dicianni, Elliott, Khouri, Krajewski, Tornatore
7. Old Business
Public safety legislation was next considered. Committee Member Elliott requested the Committee oppose HB 4208. Committee Member DiCianni concurred. This bill addresses the issue of certain school districts reallocating resources from School Resource Officers on campus to other school support staff. Committee Member Elliott stated this bill is offensive to law enforcement and School Resource Officers. Additionally, Member Elliott would like the Committee to show support for the successful School Resource Officer programs throughout the County. Member Elliott expressed the importance of school safety and keeping the School Resource Officers in the school. Chairman Tornatore concurred. The Committee agreed to oppose this legislation. Committee Member Elliott inquired as to the status of SB 1657, Gun Dealer Licensure. The Governor vetoed the bill and awaits an override motion.
8. New Business
There was no new business.
Without objection the meeting was adjourned at 10:02 AM.