20180426 Biss FloorEVANSTON – State Senator Daniel Biss issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, in which he recommended reinstating the death penalty in Illinois.

“This is a cynical political move that will do nothing to make our public places safer,” said Biss (D-Evanston). “As a state we made the right decision to abolish the death penalty, a process that required real leadership from Republican and Democratic governors. Sacrificing the state’s moral authority by reversing that decision would be a significant step backward.”

After an 11-year moratorium, the death penalty was abolished in the state of Illinois by legislative action in 2011.

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04192018CM0615The graduate students who help run their universities and colleges would be treated as employees worthy of all associated protections under a plan by State Senator Daniel Biss that passed the Senate today.

Under current law, grad students who fulfill obligations such as acting as teaching assistants or other departmental employees are regarded as merely students at their respective schools. Under this plan, the same Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act provisions which allow worker protections for university employees – including collective bargaining – would also apply to grad students who are employed by the university.

The legislation is SB 2546. It passed the Senate and goes to the House for consideration.

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01312018CM2078Internet service providers who do business with the state of Illinois would be required to abide by the same net neutrality rules now imperiled by recent federal action under a plan by State Senator Daniel Biss.

A majority of Americans expressed their support for the rules, now in the midst of being repealed, which mandate that an internet service provider such as Comcast or AT&T must treat all web traffic equally. Without such rules, other countries have seen providers charge more for better service while using certain online applications like Netflix or YouTube. The legislation would prohibit the state from doing business with entities who employ such tactics.

The legislation is Senate Bill 2975. It is scheduled for consideration in the Illinois Senate.

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01302018CM0599The sub-minimum wages that workers with disabilities are paid for performing the same jobs as other employees would be prohibited under a plan introduced by State Senator Daniel Biss.

Under current law, employers are allowed to pay lower wages to workers with disabilities. This means that many receive pay below the minimum wage of $8.25 per hour.

The measure is Senate Bill 201. It awaits consideration in the Senate.

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