Legislative Update 4-12-19

April 12, 2019

Dear Friends —

I want to say thank you to my wife Cindy for helping with our program to honor women leaders from our area at the State Capitol on Tuesday. Among the 40 women recognized from around the state were Kylee Julius of Fairfield, Kim Carter of Louisville and Elizabeth Weidner of Dieterich. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for our communities! (read more here)

Thank you to Jasper County 4th grader Austin Huddleston for serving as a Page in the House this week! (photo and more info here)

My colleagues and I in the Republican Caucus continue to fight against the governor’s proposed graduated tax scheme. Unfortunately, the legislation passed the Senate and will most likely be brought to the House for consideration in a couple of weeks. (more info here)

Legislative News

We were able to pass my first piece of legislation this week to double the fines on violators who pass school busses illegally when they are picking up or dropping off students! It has gone over to the Senate for consideration. (learn more about the bill here)

I filed legislation this week (House Bill 3831) to block taxpayer funded sex-change operations in Illinois! This kind of use of your money is wrong and I will continue to lead the fight against it! (more info here)

The governor signed a bill into law this past week to make it illegal to purchase tobacco products if you are under 21 years of age. (more info here)

Thank you to everyone who took the time to file Witness Slips this week on the Progressive Tax proposal by Governor Pritzker! If you should ever wish to file in favor of or opposition to legislation, it can be completed without traveling all the way to the Capitol now. You may go online to www.my.ilga.gov to file a witness slip and have your opinion recorded on these bills and all legislation until their respective hearing is over. You can learn more about the committees, legislation and follow session live online at www.ilga.gov.

This coming week marks the 154th anniversary of the death and beginning of funeral honors for President Abraham Lincoln. Shot the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln died the following morning. Following formal funeral services at the nation’s capital, Lincoln was placed on a funeral train the journey back to Springfield, Illinois. The train stopped at major cities for funeral observances witnessed by an estimated seven million people before he was laid to rest on at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, ending 20 days of national mourning. (more info here)

Staying Connected!

My office in Louisville is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I also have established Traveling Office Hours each month around the six counties in the 109th District. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbailey.com.