Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Policy staff reports on the status of our policy initiatives.

Over the past year, Community Renewal Society advocated for common-sense anti-trafficking gun measures. We are disappointed in the new concealed carry law enacted by the IL General Assembly because it lacks many safeguards.

Thanks to advocates like you, and in concert with our amazing Advocacy Network members, congregational organizers, and coalition partners, we have good news to report from this year’s session.

With less than two weeks left in the regular legislative session, we are in the final home stretch. PCG is pleased to share a couple of successes with you, as well as update you on pending legislation that you can take action on now.

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.

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