biss75x75Concerned with the privacy of citizens, Senator Biss has introduced legislation that would regulate the use of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement:

With the possibility of drones becoming the latest aircraft traversing the skies, Biss said this is "the exact moment states should be looking into" unmanned aircraft legislation.

"We're heading into a world where technology surveillance is unreal," the Evanston lawmaker said.

The bill, Senate Bill 1587, would require police to obtain a warrant before using a drone to gather information and would prohibit the use of on-board weapons.

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This is the address Senator Biss gave in support of Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, on Thursday.

Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) addresses the Senate on Thursday in support of Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.A month ago, after this issue was last debated in this chamber, my wife and I sat and talked about it at the kitchen table. Our 4-year old son, Elliot, overheard our conversation and asked what we were talking about.

"A bill in Springfield," I told him.

He asked, "When they voted on the bill, were there more green lights or more red lights?"

"Well, it didn't get enough green lights to pass," I explained.

"Is that what you wanted to happen?"

I answered: "No. I was hoping the bill would pass."

And so he asked: "Why, Daddy?"

"I thought the bill was a pretty good idea. It said that our friends Mark and Neal can be together just like Mommy and Daddy."

Elliot thought about this quietly for awhile. Finally, with a puzzled look on his face, he said "But, Daddy, they already are!"

At first, I was proud of Elliot -- proud that he could be so open and accepting at the tender age of 4. But after a moment, I realized that there was nothing surprising about a small child looking at a loving couple committed to living together in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, and seeing a marriage like any other. After all, we're not born differentiating between people based on race, color, creed, religion, or sexual orientation. No, that's learned behavior.

It's not impressive for a 4-year old to see all couples as equal. What would be impressive is for a 14-year old to feel the same way. That's because Elliot is going to spend the next decade bombarded by signals telling him that same-sex couples aren't truly legitimate or entitled to equal rights. These signals will come from popular culture, from peers in school, from adults, and -- at least as of this moment -- from the government of the state of Illinois.

And that brings me to the question before us today. The question is whether Illinois -- land not only of Abraham Lincoln but also of Jane Addams, Richard Wright, Studs Terkel, Aaron Swartz, and Barack Obama, a state with a proud history of social action for openness, equality, and civil rights -- will continue to enshrine discrimination in its law, and in doing so send a signal to all citizens that discrimination is appropriate. Or, instead, will we make a stand for justice and grant all couples equal access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage?

On behalf of all my gay and lesbian constituents, who have waited quietly and patiently for far too long for the right to simply be treated like everyone else, I ask you to vote yes. Please push that green button -- fill that board with beautiful green lights -- so we can show the world and teach all our children that the state of Illinois stands for equality.

Thank you.

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biss75x75SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), who co-sponsored the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, hailed the Senate's approval of the measure, which would legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Biss issued the following statement:

During today's debate on the Marriage Fairness Act, I told my colleagues about my son Elliot. At age four, he is open and accepting. But there's nothing surprising about a small child seeing a loving same-sex couple committed to living together in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, and seeing a marriage like any other. After all, we're not born differentiating between people based on race, color, creed or sexual orientation. That's learned behavior.

Unfortunately, Elliot may spend the next decade bombarded by signals telling him that same-sex couples aren't legitimate or entitled to equal rights. These signals will come from popular culture, from peers in school and from adults. Today the Senate took a stand and said those signals will no longer come from the State of Illinois.

On behalf of all my gay and lesbian constituents, who have waited patiently for far too long for the right simply to be treated like everyone else, I voted yes. I voted to teach all our children that Illinois stands for equality.

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biss75x75SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement in response to the governor's State of the State address:

The key to the state of the state's finances is taking control of our escalating pension obligations. As always, I'm glad the governor appreciates the urgency of the situation. I look forward to working with my colleagues this session on a solution that respects the contributions of public employees while freeing government to devote adequate resources to education, human services and other vital work of the state.

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