SPRINGFIELD — Legislation establishing the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, which would be the first of its kind implemented in the United States, will soon reach the governor’s desk. The measure, sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), secured House passage yesterday. The Senate, which first passed the measure in April, voted today to adopt several amendments the House had added.

“Retirement insecurity for private sector workers is a serious and growing problem with a surprisingly commonsense, intuitive solution,” Biss said. “Thanks to Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, who sponsored Secure Choice in the House, the many advocacy and business groups that supported this effort and my colleagues who were willing to help put this legislation into its final form, Illinois has taken an unprecedented step toward making retirement a financially viable option – for the first time – for millions of workers.”

Read more: VIDEO: Legislature approves Biss’ Secure Choice savings program

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Biss100SKOKIE — Today, two of the honorary chairs of the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, announced the finalists of the group's New Ideas Challenge. State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) was chosen from a competitive field as a finalist for his policy solution, the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program. The program would give Illinois workers without retirement accounts the opportunity to start saving through their employers.

Senator Biss is a member of the NewDEAL — a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local elected officials working to expand opportunity in the changing economy. The first ever New Ideas Challenge gives recognition to smart, pro-growth progressive solutions that are being developed and tested by state and local leaders across the country. At a time of national gridlock, this network of leaders is offering applied solutions from the front lines of government.

"As a governor and former mayor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local governments. I'm thrilled by the NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge and know it will stimulate the kind of fresh thinking we need. I'm impressed by these finalists, and am excited to see their ideas put into action," said O'Malley, Honorary NewDEAL Co-Chair.

Biss was chosen as one of 16 finalists out of a total of 60 applicants by an esteemed panel of judges who are thought leaders in the policy arena. A winner in each of four categories – growing the economy for the future, expanding opportunity for all, making government work better and best public private partnership – will be announced on Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

"Every day, the pro-growth progressive leaders who are a part of the NewDEAL network are championing ideas to modernize government for the 21st century. Daniel Biss has impressed us with his innovative solution to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all. I congratulate him and the other results-oriented state and local leaders, not only for the ideas they're working on locally but also for the ripple effect they'll create in communities across the country," said Markell, Honorary Co-Chair of the New Ideas Challenge.

More information about the NewDEAL can be found at www.newdealleaders.org.

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Biss100 SPRINGFIELD — Legislation State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) sponsored to crack down on "patent trolls" became law this week.

"Illinois businesses — particularly small businesses that aren't in a position to hire pricey legal representation and embark on lengthy court battles against harassing fraudsters — deserve the full protection of the law," Biss said. "The new penalties will put patent trolls on notice that Illinois isn't a fertile location for their scams."

The new law targets the practice of extorting money from businesses by threatening to sue them for fictitious violations of patents that may have expired or may not be owned by the "trolls" at all. Patent trolling is lucrative because many businesses, especially smaller companies that can't afford to hire legal representation, opt to pay the scammers rather than spending time and money fighting them in court.

Biss' measure prohibits misrepresenting one's self as the owner of a patent, seeking compensation on the basis of activities undertaken after a patent has expired, falsely claiming to have filed a patent lawsuit or using any written form of communication, including email, to falsely accuse a person or company of a patent violation with the intent of forcing a settlement. If found to be in violation of the law, patent trolls will be subject to civil penalties and/or forced to pay restitution.

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Biss100SPRINGFIELD —State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) was preparing for a panel discussion he held Tuesday on technology and privacy when the governor signed his legislation requiring law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before using information from the GPS in a person's phone or other device.

"This is one of many areas where technological advances have suddenly made possible unprecedented intrusions into what most people would consider their private lives," said Biss, who has taken the lead on updating state law to account for innovations in law enforcement technology. "The law signed today, along with the legislation we've passed to regulate the domestic use of drones, acknowledges the important role new technology can play in protecting the public, while at the same time drawing a line to preserve reasonable expectations of privacy."

The location surveillance legislation, introduced as Senate Bill 2808, allows law enforcement to obtain a tracking order — similar to a search warrant — if they have probable cause to believe obtaining current or future location information from an individual's electronic device is needed to solve a crime or prevent a crime from taking place. In the absence of a tracking order, information collected through electronic surveillance is inadmissible in court.

The legislation contains exceptions for emergencies such as responding to a 911 call, locating a missing person believed to be in danger or keeping track of a parolee or other person ordered by a court to wear an electronic monitoring device. It also clarifies that police and prosecutors may still make use of information already available to the public, such as locations posted publicly on social media.

The new law takes effect immediately.

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