serious floor 7 1SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Daniel Biss (D–Evanston) released a statement today in response to starting the new fiscal year without a state budget:

"Today we put an unnecessary and completely avoidable burden on our state workers, community service providers, and the most vulnerable Illinoisans -- indeed, on the whole state. When people lose their jobs, we can count on less state revenue to fund critical services, while more Illinoisans will need state services.

"As people are deprived of social services, we can expect to provide higher cost care such as emergency room visits and nursing home admittance, putting even greater pressure on our already diminishing revenues in addition to the real danger many will face without a safety net.

"This is not hypothetical. People lost their jobs today. People have already been told they can no longer get the services they depend on to make it from one day to the next. Without swift and meaningful action, we have failed our citizens, putting Illinois into a state of crisis.

"We need real leadership now more than ever. We need a leader who is interested in protecting the state and its citizens, not using the most vulnerable as human shields or a state of crisis as a bargaining chip. We needed leadership months ago. But today the state pays the price. I stand ready to work with anyone to resolve this responsibly and swiftly."

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June 26, 2015

Biss celebrates Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality


“This moment arrived because of the tireless work of generations of activists and community leaders who took great risks to fight for justice”

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges:

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of equality, making it legal for all couples to marry across the country. This moment arrived because of the tireless work of generations of activists and community leaders who took great risks to fight for justice.

I am thrilled to join in the celebration of love, equality and the long march toward justice that has defined the greatest moments of our nation's history.

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June 25, 2015

Biss lauds Supreme Court decision to uphold health care subsidies
Ruling allows 232,000 Illinoisans to maintain affordable coverage

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this morning in King v. Burwell that subsidies to help eligible individuals pay for health insurance are available under the Affordable Care Act, including in states, such as Illinois, where the federal government administers the insurance exchange:

I'm thrilled the U.S Supreme Court has ruled to uphold health care subsidies for all states under the Affordable Care Act. Even though the law is relatively new, millions of Americans have come to depend on it for their health care, and the subsidies provide critical support -- both to individuals and to the overall functionality of the law. More than 232,000 low- and moderate-income Illinoisans benefit from today's ruling, and we should all celebrate this victory for their standard of living and peace of mind.

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biss on floor 4 march2015 rSPRINGFIELD — In support of a press conference held yesterday by Equality Illinois, other legislative and government leaders and professionals of the mental health community, Senator Daniel Biss (D – Evanston) released the following statement in opposition to gay conversion therapy and in support of a legislative effort to ban such practices.

"Conversion therapy," a practice that seeks to change sexual orientation of gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals, can cause anxiety, mental illness, trauma and suicide. I stand with Equality Illinois, Representative Kelly Cassidy, and many other state and national leaders and organizations in strong opposition to this practice that is harming youth in Illinois.

Many professional organizations of mental health professionals are strongly opposed to this practice because they deem it to be dangerous. It is crucial that we enact legislation as soon as possible to protect our citizens, especially minors, from this risk. It is time for the state of Illinois to stand with President Obama and leaders and experts from across the country and stop putting our children directly in harms' way.

I am delighted to be carrying this bill, and I will continue to fight for the rights and health of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, and to keep our children safe, just the way they are.

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