Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Policy staff reports on the status of our policy initiatives.

With only three weeks left in the session, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 was a big day for our legislative priorities in the Illinois General Assembly Committees.

We call upon all Illinois legislators to ensure that any gun legislation that is called for vote in the General Assembly include the following anti-trafficking measures: universal background checks, titling handguns, and reporting lost or stolen firearms.

Illinois ought to be a leader of national legal reforms that consider prostituted people as victims of human trafficking in need of services rather than as criminal offenders.

The Fair Tax Campaign's upcoming series of "Train the Trainer" events is a great opportunity to get involved in a significant tax reform initiative in Illinios.

Illinois is poised to lead the nation by enacting the strongest and most comprehensive fracking regulations in the country. Tireless advocacy from across the state resulted in negotiations that produced a bi-partisan regulatory bill introduced last week in the General Assembly with support from the environmental community, as well as the oil and gas industry.

The IL Senate is scheduled to vote on SB26 to expand Medicaid eligibility for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the week of February 25. Call your Senator now and ask them to vote YES on SB26!

Gun control, minimum wage, coal mining/burning, Medicaid expansion, fracking, felony sealing expansion, and medical marijuana are among the issues on our policy agenda this year, but, be assured that revenue concerns, health insurance exchanges, and pensions will dominate much of the session's policy deliberations.

Each year Illinois legislators return to the Capitol for a brief session to complete their legislative work before the new session of the General Assembly begins on the second Wednesday of January. Called the "lame duck" session, this is usually a time when important legislation passes. Not so this year!

Veto Session concluded on December 5, 2012 (a day early) and left a number of important legislative issues unresolved. Clearly, there's more work to be done in January, but, for how, we report the status of the bills on which we have been working.

Veto Session (November 27-29 and December 4-6, 2012) is in full swing in the Illinois General Assembly. PCG staff members are at the Capitol working actively for passage of several bills.

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