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A majority of Americans expressed their support for the rules, now in the midst of being repealed, which mandate that an internet service provider such as Comcast or AT&T must treat all web traffic equally.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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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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Biss05312017600Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement on Senate Bill 81 and his vote on Wednesday, May 31 to raise the Illinois minimum wage to $15:

A $15 minimum wage is a common sense solution that will allow us to invest in our communities and invest in people. I was proud to cosponsor this measure that, if enacted into law, would improve so many lives. This moment represents a huge step forward for the Fight for Fifteen movement, and I thank Sen. Lightford and Rep. Guzzardi for leading this historic effort, as well as the many workers who have fought heroically to make this happen.

Unfortunately Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to fail to articulate any real plans to help low-income workers. Across Illinois, under the Rauner adminstration, communities have been hurting because of a system that works for millionaires and the machine but just isn’t working for the rest of us. Gov. Rauner has failed working people. He has failed low-wage workers. He has failed our state. But he now has an opportunity to take a step forward for workers across the state. He should sign this legislation, and let Illinois be a leader in securing a living wage for all workers.

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