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The Majority Report 07/01/19 - Steans, Hutchinson bill legalizing adult-use cannabis is law


Steans, Hutchinson bill legalizing adult-use cannabis is law

Steans, Hutchinson bill legalizing adult-use cannabis is law

State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) celebrated the culmination of two years of work as their legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis became law.

The new law includes the most comprehensive restorative justice measures of any state that has legalized cannabis, seeking to combat the disproportionate harm some communities suffered due to discriminatory drug policies and over-policing.

“I am proud to say that, by working with hundreds of stakeholders and spending years seeking community input, we have crafted the most just, well-regulated cannabis plan in the country,” Steans said. “This law keeps our children safe by prioritizing public safety, includes extensive restorative justice measures and brings in much-needed revenue for our state. I am thankful to all of my colleagues who stayed with me in this fight and to Gov. JB Pritzker for making it law.”

“One of the things that we wanted to make sure we accomplished with legalization was ensuring we put social equity at the center and the heart of our efforts, acknowledging that while we normalize and legalize something that is happening across the country, that we tie the direct nexus to the communities that the prohibition has hurt the most,” said Sen. Toi Hutchinson, chief cosponsor in the Senate. Continue reading.


Historic statewide construction package signed into law

Historic statewide construction package signed into law

Communities across the state will see renewed investment in their infrastructure under a bipartisan construction plan approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three-month negotiation process during which lawmakers traveled throughout Illinois to hear input from local officials, educators, transportation experts and other interested parties.

The construction plan is Illinois’ first in a decade. Since the last one in 2009, ratings groups have increasingly been raising red flags about the state of Illinois’ infrastructure, including AAA, who recently gave Illinois’ transportation infrastructure a D grade.

The new construction program not only provides new initial funding to fix Illinois’ roads and bridges, it also creates a new sustainable funding model that will prevent Illinois’ transportation system from falling to this level of disrepair in the future. Continue reading.


Martwick sworn in to succeed Mulroe in 10th District

Martwick sworn in to succeed Mulroe in 10th District

State Rep. Robert Martwick will fill the Illinois Senate seat in the 10th District that became vacant when former State Senator John G. Mulroe accepted an appointment as Cook County judge.

A member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2013, Martwick (D-Chicago) has served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney focusing on domestic violence, child support enforcement, and criminal prosecution. He’s also served as a trustee on the Norwood Park Township and Village of Norridge boards.

Most recently, Martwick was the chief sponsor of the Fair Tax Amendment in the House and one of the cosponsors of the Tobacco 21 initiative that raised the purchasing age of tobacco products in Illinois to 21. Continue reading.




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