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The Majority Report 09/10/17 - Trotter's efforts to tackle the bill backlog pay off: governor takes action


Trotter's efforts to tackle the bill backlog pay off: governor takes action

Sen. Donne TrotterFollowing a press conference Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) held in Chicago Tuesday urging the governor to use the borrowing authority given to him through Senate Bill 42, the governor's office announced it plans to use the tool.

"I'm glad to see the governor is taking the General Assembly's lead and is using the bonding authority given to him that will help save taxpayers billions over the next 12 years," Senator Trotter said.

"If only he'd made this decision back in July, instead of vetoing the legislation and forcing an override he could have saved taxpayers millions. This delay has cost the state more than $100 million. This step will finally help pay down the state's debt and provide a sense of financial stability our state so desperately needs."

Bloomberg reported on Senator Trotter's press conference last week.




Senate Dems react to Trump's DACA decision

Sen. Cristina CastroLast week, Senate Democrats expressed disappointment and outrage at the Trump administration's backward decision to rescind legal and immigration protection for children who were brought to this country and are now productive parts of our economy and society.

Senator Cristina Castro spoke at a press conference with other state and local elected officials business leaders, and two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in support of Dreamers and a legislative solution to the Trump administration's announcement he would end the program.

"The Trump administration's decision to end a program that protects 800,000 immigrant children and young adults throughout the nation from deportation is shortsighted and irresponsible," Sen. Castro said. "Our nation's Dreamers, brought to the United States as children with no say in the matter, serve our communities with great honor and respect as active members in our military, police officers, nurses, teachers and lawyers. They are contributing members of society who have a positive impact on our local economy. I urge Congress to act swiftly to enact comprehensive immigration reform that will allow Dreamers to achieve the American dream."

The program, which was instituted by the Obama administration in 2012, allows undocumented people brought to the United States as children to obtain work permits, attend school and join the military without fear of deportation.

Click HERE to read more lawmaker responses.


Lawmakers hold hearing on legalizing recreational marijuana

Recreational MarijuanaSenator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) attended a hearing last Wednesday discussing the public safety of taxing and regulating marijuana. Steans is the sponsor of legislation in the Senate that aims to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Both proponents and opponents of legalization attended the hearing, with speakers including current and former police officers, behavioral health experts, and States Attorneys from DuPage, Champaign and Sangamon Counties.

Steans' legislation legalizes the sale of cannabis in Illinois, allows taxation of the product and creates a regulatory framework for its sale and consumption. The Senate did not take action on the measure during the last legislative session, but Steans plans to introduce it again next year.

In the News
FOX Illinois: Recreational marijuana use in Illinois
U.S. News & World Report: Legislature hears pros, cons on marijuana legalization


In case you missed it

Senator Don Harmon, Oak Park: Some in GOP upset with Rauner over immigration bill (State Journal-Register)

Senator Andy Manar, Bunker Hill: Illinois Issues: The man with the education reform mission (NPR Illinois)

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