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

 

121 Report – CRMA – December 2016

In This Issue:

City Hall Leadership Changes
Cook County Committee Changes
Upcoming Legislation Effective Dates
Legislative Initiatives

CHICAGO CHANGES LEADERSHIP ROLES

 

After winning her election for State Comptroller, former Chicago City Clerk, Susana Mendoza, was sworn in to office on December 5, 2016. A week later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed then Director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs (LCGA), Anna Valencia, to the post. Clerk Valencia will serve out the rest of the term pending City Council approval. Her first order of business will be gather information about whether the office should be combined with the city Comptroller’s office. In addition, she will be working on a municipal ID program to aid residents who traditionally have difficulty getting state-issued identification in securing certain social services and other government resources. Clerk Valencia will serve until the next city election which will be held in 2019.

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121 Report – CRMA – November 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

COOK COUNTY SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX
BAG TAX
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

COOK COUNTY WRAPS UP 2017 BUDGET SEASON WITH 

A TAX AND A PROMISE

This week, the Cook County Board passed its 2017 budget by accounting for $100 million of its deficit with a combination of cuts to county employees, holding the line on COLA increases for non-union employees, reductions in non-essential spending and increased revenue projections. With $74 million remaining in the deficit, President Preckwinkle turned to a proposal to implement a tax on beverages sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. The controversial proposal was met with fierce opposition from IRMA and all of our partners along the chain in the beverage industry. After meetings with the Commissioners, phone calls, letters, emails, a TV, radio and social media campaign and in-store efforts to alert customers to the impending tax, the measure passed by one vote.

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Let’s Say Thank You

November 14, 2016          

***ACTION ALERT***

THEY VOTED “NO”, NOW LET’S SHOW THEM SOME GRATITUDE

These days, it has been a challenge to convince many elected officials to stand with employers and protect jobs in a meaningful way.  The sweetened beverage tax debate was a perfect opportunity for Cook County Board Members to vote against a tax that will make our border retailers vulnerable, will be very difficult and expensive to administer and ultimately cost jobs at both the retail and distribution levels.

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121 Report – CRMA – October 2016

MAYOR EMANUEL GIVES BUDGET ADDRESS FOCUSED ON 

BRIDGING DIVIDES AND UNITING THE CITY

Considering the very local and national conversation this country is having regarding quality of life, addressing the lingering racial divides, issues of inequality, political and community leadership, Mayor Emanuel’s annual budget address took a more pensive tone than in recent years. Instead of focusing on pension deficits and plugging budget holes resulting from years of kicking the financial can down the road, the Mayor focused on the importance of mentoring young people, providing first jobs and job training, and how critical it is to develop every community, not just those in or near the central business district. With the immediate needs of pensions behind him (due to the recently passed water tax increase for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund, the increase in property taxes for Police and Fire and the increased 911 surcharge for the city’s Laborers) he could focus the budget address on his goals for rebuilding communities.

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