121 REPORT-CRMA – February 2017

February 27, 2017          

In This Issue

Legislative Initiatives

CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL AND COOK COUNTY BOARD 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTIONS

Proposal to Implement Pharmacy Work Rules

Sponsors: Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th Ward) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward)

Committee: Finance

This initiative is modeled after a bill in the State Legislature to implement work rules under the Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA). That bill received a subject matter hearing last week and IRMA testified in opposition. As those members with pharmacies may already be aware, we are set to renegotiate the PPA during this legislative session since the entire Act is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.

The proposal attempts to regulate the following areas:

* Prescription filling limits

* Number of Pharmacy Technicians on staff during operating hours

* Prohibition on certain activities in the pharmacy such as advertising and promotions as well as certain productivity quotas put in place by the employer

* Rest breaks and meal periods

* Number of hours worked per day for pharmacists

* Record retention

it is our reading of current law that local jurisdictions, including home rule jurisdictions like Chicago, are prohibited from regulating the practice of pharmacy and any other subject covered by the PPA. Therefore, we are confident that this proposal, if passed, would be declared invalid in a court of law.

Nevertheless, we will be meeting with the sponsors to discuss the substance of the proposal.

IRMA is opposed

Establishing an Appeals Process for Prohibited Tobacco Locations

Sponsors: Ald. Edward M. Burke  

(14th Ward) and  Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward)

Committee: Finance

This proposal would allow the Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to establish rules governing the appeals process for flavored tobacco retailers that the city has determined are located within 500 ft. of a secondary school and therefore unable to sell flavored tobacco including menthol cigarettes.

IRMA supports the proposal

Prohibition on Hidden Fees
Sponsor:  Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th Ward)
Committee:  Finance

This proposal would require any business licensed in Chicago or any business that has a physical location to post a sign indicating all fees related to the purchase of goods or services.  The sign would have to be posted in a conspicuous location on the premises as well as online if the business has a website.

This proposal is in response to former President Obama’s report on hidden fees included in transactions for airline purchases, telecommunications companies, banks, and other industries.

Amendment to Age Restrictions for the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor
Sponsors:  Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward), Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and 30 co-sponsors
Committee:  License and Consumer Protection

This proposal would permit adults that are at least 18 years old to sell alcoholic liquor in restaurants and supermarkets as long as they have first completed BASSET training.  When serving alcohol persons under 21 years old can served mixed drinks prepared by a bartender and wine and beer that was previously opened by a manager or co-worker that is at least 21 years old.

Supermarkets are defined as a store:

(i)   with an interior floor area of the licensed premises of not less than 10,000 square feet devoted to retail sales;

(ii)   that holds a valid package goods license;

(iii)   that sells, at retail, a variety of food and household products, including fresh, prepared, frozen and canned foods, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, meat, and poultry; and

(iv)   in which the display space for alcoholic liquor does not exceed 25 percent of the floor area devoted to retail sales.
 

PASSED LEGISLATION

Small Business Tax Payments

Sponsor: Ald. Matthew O’Shea (19th Ward)

This ordinance will allow taxpayers to remit on an annual basis (rather than making monthly or quarterly payments) if they have a total liability equal to or less than $2400 for the previous 12-month period and they filed returns for the previous 12-month period.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2017

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017.


Contact Information

Tanya TricheTanya Triche Dawood
Vice President & General Counsel
312/726-4600
ttrichedawood@irma.org

 

This Week in Springfield – 100-05


In This Issue:

PHARMACY MANDATES
EMPLOYEE PRE-JUDGEMENT LIENS
WARN ACT EXTENSION
BUSINESS DAY 2017

This Week in Springfield only the House was in Session. A subject matter hearing was held on a Teamsters pharmacy mandate bill and two bills passed the labor committee that are a concern for Illinois’ businesses.

Pharmacy Mandates

 A subject matter hearing was held to discuss HB 2392 (Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago) that was filed on behalf of the Teamsters in attempt to capitalize on a Chicago Tribune investigative report regarding drug interactions. The problem presented in the report involved a patient presenting two scripts which, if dispensed together, had the possibility of a severe interaction. What should have happened is the pharmacist should have called the prescriber, who should not have prescribed the combinations in the first place, or counseled the patient about the potential interaction and urged them to contact their prescriber. In response, at the behest of Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) proposed new rules governing counseling by pharmacists. Once these rules are formally adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) Illinois will have one of the strictest, if not the strictest, counseling laws in the nation. These significant regulatory changes move Illinois from an ‘offer to counsel’ state to a ‘mandatory counsel’ state.

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This Week in Springfield – 100-04

IN THIS ISSUE:

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ADDRESS
SUGAR

 GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ADDRESS

Illinois has gone nearly two years without a state budget. The result has been several downgrades of the state’s bond rating, spending, as a result of court orders, that exceeds revenues, unpaid bills that grow at the rate of $11 million per day, some state vendors not getting paid, etc. Against this backdrop, on Wednesday Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third annual Budget Address.

As he did a few weeks ago during his State of the State speech, the Governor struck an optimistic tone about the future possibilities of Illinois noting the state’s many strengths if we make the reforms necessary to be competitive – a focal point of his speech. According to the Governor, if Illinois had been more competitive over the last six years, 540,000 fewer residents would have left the state. If our economy had grown at the national average since 2000, we would have had 650,000 more jobs and an $8.5 billion surplus.

Among the reforms the Governor wants to see in any budget deal, he called out workers’ compensation reform and a permanent property tax freeze as essential reforms as well as term limits and redistricting. The Governor also called for a hard cap on spending to try and force government to live within its means.

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This Week in Springfield – 100-03

IN THIS ISSUE:

STATE BUDGET & REFORMS
LEGISLATIVE INTRODUCTIONS
BUSINESS DAY

This Week in Springfield, the Senate ‘Grand Bargain’ hit a few speed bumps and lawmakers and advocates rushed to file legislation before the Friday filing deadline.

STATE BUDGET & REFORMS

As reported in TWIS in early January, Senate President John Cullerton (D- Chicago), Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R- Lemont) and some members of their respective leadership teams, have been attempting to craft a bi-partisan budgetary framework with the goal of trying to end the nearly two-year old budget impasse. Every day that passes, Illinois adds at least another $11 million in debt. If nothing is done by the end of 2018, the deficit would exceed $20 billion. IRMA and one other business group have been in constant communication with the leaders and their top staff. The engagement is designed to ensure that whatever is ultimately put forth truly solves the decades-old fiscal problems of the state and provides stability going forward while providing the reforms necessary to ensure employers of all sizes can prosper in Illinois. From the perspective of IRMA members, reforms must include restraint of local governments’ ability to continue to layer on seemingly endless and costly mandates in addition to never-ending tax and fee increases. Without this restraint, local governments can easily undo any positive action that may come out of Springfield.

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