Tyshiana Jackson was Senator Biss' shadow this week during the Department of Children and Family Services' Shadow Day event. DCFS helps young people better understand citizenship, advocacy, and government with a day of shadowing lawmakers in Springfield. You can find out more about the program and apply for it here.

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04262018CM0454To encourage a more competitive market and potentially lower costs for employers, State Senator Daniel Biss again took up legislation to create a non-profit worker’s compensation insurance company.

The proposed Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Company would be a nonprofit, independent public corporation that would insure Illinois employers against liability for workers' compensation and occupational disease.

This company would not be a state agency and would only receive a starting loan of $10 million from the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Operations Fund, which it would pay back with interest over five years.

The legislation, House Bill 4595, mirrors a similar provision Biss sponsored which was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

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Senator Biss

Across the country, we have seen the children of the United States do what many of us in the halls of power have thus far been unable to: Demand change to our inadequate gun laws.

On March 14, our next generation walked out of classrooms across the country for 17 minutes to show solidarity with those killed in Parkland, Florida a month ago. In Springfield, we in the Senate joined them. I was among a bipartisan group of senators who walked out that day to honor those students. The event included three minutes of silence: one to honor Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, slain in the line of duty at the hands of a gunman, and another two minutes to honor all those who have lost their lives to gun violence in Illinois.

Three minutes was too brief a time to give to the hundreds who have lost their lives in just the past year, but we had work to do. Immediately following this show of solidarity, we responded to calls for commonsense gun control by passing three more gun control measures.

House Bill 1465 disallows the sale of assault weapons to those under age 21. I want to be clear that I am against any civilian carrying weapons of war like the AR-15, which, since the 2004 expiration of the federal assault weapons ban, has been in the headlines time and again as the instrument used to slaughter innocents. I hope this measure is a first step toward the day we see these sorts of weapons in the movies rather than on the news.

House Bill 1467 makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump-stocks and trigger cranks. Such implements essentially convert semi-automatic weapons (which fire once per trigger pull) into automatic weapons (which fire continuously).

A violation of this ban would be a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of 3-7 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. In addition, the bill allows municipalities, including home rule units to regulate assault weapons as long as the regulation is not less restrictive than state law. This bill passed with veto-proof majority.

House Bill 1468 would increase the waiting period to receive an assault weapon after purchase from 24 hours to 72 hours. The proposal would include firearms purchased at gun shows. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence found that if all states implemented waiting periods, an additional 910 gun homicides could be prevented each year. This bill also passed with a veto-proof majority.

After approval by the Illinois House for the latter two measures, all three measures must be signed by the governor to become law. He has already shown an unwillingness to listen to voters by vetoing legislation that would create a framework for licensing gun dealers in Illinois. Bloomberg recently reported that almost 90 percent of those who do not own firearms want tighter gun control, that gun owners who are not NRA members are nearly 80 percent likely to favor it and that even NRA members are nearly 70 percent likely to favor it.

If you are one of those people, I’m urging you now to make it known to Gov. Rauner that he should join us in acting on gun control.

As our own children bravely reminded us this week, it has been past time to do so for far too long.

Sincerely,
BissSig

 


Senator Daniel Biss
9th District – Illinois

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BissParisPresser06092017In light of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) joined representatives of the Sierra Club and other Springfield lawmakers today to announce legislation to block weakened environmental and worker protection standards in Illinois.

Biss’ legislation, Senate Bill 2212, would maintain existing environmental and worker safeguards in Illinois, even if they are weakened at the federal level.

President Donald Trump, his administration and leaders in Congress have signaled their intent to roll back federal environmental and labor protections, which in many cases would authorize Illinois to weaken its own standards. Senate Bill 2212 would bar Illinois agencies from following the federal government in lowering standards required by decades of federal statutes like the Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water, Endangered Species, and Federal Labor Standards Acts, among others.

“It’s time for Illinois to set a goal of 100 percent clean energy for our state. Just because the Trump Administration has declared it will lodge its head firmly in the sand and ignore the need for realistic environmental policy doesn’t mean we can’t act,” Biss said. “These efforts put us on track to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement here in Illinois. I hope it serves as an example to other states as Illinois begins to chart a path to a 100 percent clean energy future.”

Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club Illinois chapter, said Trump is beginning a race to the bottom by dismantling the EPA and rolling back protections for the nation’s air, water and natural resources.

“Illinois does not have to follow Trump backward when it comes to the health and safety of our environment and our workers,” Darin said. “We’re grateful that these leaders are taking steps to ensure our environment is protected and that Illinois steps up to lead on climate change, even as Trump opts out of the global movement to the clean energy economy.”

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Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 568-1250
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Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2119

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