Bill Text: IL HB2802 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Creates the Transportation Benefits Program Act. Requires all covered employers to offer at least one transportation benefit program. Provides that the employer may choose between providing a program consistent with federal law that allows employees to elect to exclude from taxable wages and compensation the employee's commuting costs incurred for the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit or for the purchase of qualified parking, or a program under which the employer supplies a transit pass for the particular qualifying public transit requested by the covered employee or reimburses the covered employee for payments made for the use of qualified parking. Defines terms. Effective January 1, 2018.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 51-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-25 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez [HB2802 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB2802-Introduced.html


100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
HB2802

Introduced , by Rep. Theresa Mah

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
New Act

Creates the Transportation Benefits Program Act. Requires all covered employers to offer at least one transportation benefit program. Provides that the employer may choose between providing a program consistent with federal law that allows employees to elect to exclude from taxable wages and compensation the employee's commuting costs incurred for the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit or for the purchase of qualified parking, or a program under which the employer supplies a transit pass for the particular qualifying public transit requested by the covered employee or reimburses the covered employee for payments made for the use of qualified parking. Defines terms. Effective January 1, 2018.
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A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning business.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Transportation Benefits Program Act.
6 Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7 "Covered employee" means any person who performs an average
8of at least 10 hours of work per week for compensation within
9the geographic boundaries of the State of Illinois for the same
10employer within the previous calendar month.
11 "Covered employer" means an employer for which an average
12of 20 or more persons per week perform work for compensation.
13In determining the number of persons performing work for an
14employer during a given week, all persons performing work for
15compensation on a full-time, part-time, or temporary basis
16shall be counted, including persons made available to work
17through the services of a temporary services or staffing agency
18or similar entity.
19 "Employer" means any individual, partnership, association,
20corporation, limited liability company, or business trust who
21directly or indirectly, or through an agent or any other
22person, employs or exercises control over wages, hours, or
23working conditions of an employee. "Employer" does not include

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1any governmental entity.
2 "Public transit" means any transportation system within
3the authority and jurisdiction of the Regional Transportation
4Authority.
5 "Qualified parking" means parking provided to an employee
6on or near the business premises of the employer or on or near
7a location from which the employee commutes to work by
8transportation on public transit. "Qualified parking" does not
9include parking on or near property used by the employee for
10residential purposes.
11 "Transit pass" means any pass, token, fare card, voucher,
12or similar item entitling a person to transportation on public
13transit.
14 Section 10. Transportation Benefits Program. All covered
15employers shall provide at least one of the following
16transportation benefit programs to covered employees:
17 (1) A program consistent with 26 U.S.C. 132(f) that
18 allows employees to elect to exclude from taxable wages and
19 compensation the employee's commuting costs incurred for
20 the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit or for
21 the purchase of qualified parking, up to a maximum level
22 allowed by federal tax law.
23 (2) A program under which the employer supplies a
24 transit pass for the particular qualifying public transit
25 requested by the covered employee or reimburses the covered

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1 employee for payments made for the use of qualified
2 parking.
3 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
41, 2018.
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