The General Assembly canceled the session again for the week of March 23 due to the coronavirus crisis. Leadership noted that members should be prepared to return to Springfield to address “urgent matters.” The committee deadline for bills moving from a standing committee in the first chamber has been delayed to April 3, but these deadlines will be reviewed and extended when needed. The General Assembly is scheduled to be in district for the spring holidays from April 4-21, but lawmakers were told to reevaluate travel plans made for those weeks.
We continue to hear that the hospital assessment for Medicaid funding is being negotiated and remains a top priority for passage in April to be submitted to federal HHS for approval by July 1. Speaker Madigan, however, believes the federal government will provide leniency on that deadline. We wait to see if the General Assembly will meet in the next couple of weeks to pass a bill.
The emergency issues and the budget make it seem unlikely that we will see any of the legislative battles we faced the last few years during this legislative session.