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Martinez law creates Immigration Task Force

Published: Friday, August 30, 2019 09:23 AM

martinez 053019SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is continuing her work to ensure the needs of immigrant communities in Illinois are met.

Her new law creates the Immigration Task Force to examine specified issues related to immigrant communities in Illinois, as well as possible solutions.

“Immigrants in our state are facing an extremely difficult time due to toxic rhetoric and policies from the federal government,” Martinez said. “I am glad the governor shares my commitment to making sure they know they are welcome and protected in Illinois.”

Currently, the Department of Human Services Illinois Immigrant Policy Project has an Immigrant and Refugee Health Task Force which released a series of four reports on the needs of immigrants concerning immigration law, labor, education, health, and human service issues.

House Bill 3196 is effective immediately.

New Holmes law to give local school districts decision making role for charter schools

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2019 09:03 AM

playground 082919SPRINGFIELD – A state commission overseeing charter school applications will be abolished under a new law sponsored State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora). Gov. JB Pritzker has signed the measure that will keep those decisions in local hands.

Senate Bill 1226 would change the charter school application process to abolish the State Charter School Commission by July 1, 2020, and transfers most of its duties to the Illinois State Board of Education. Locally elected school boards and parents would decide if a charter school is good for their community.

Charter schools currently in the renewal process would be transferred to ISBE. The bill also provides that a local school board may not revoke or not renew a charter except for obvious justifying circumstances.

“This proposal is about ensuring local control and accountability for charter schools as they exist for public schools,” Holmes said. “The existing commission has overturned local school boards and I believe those decisions belong in the community, not at the state level.”

A local appeal process for charter schools already exists, eliminating the need for a state commission. Local voters also have the option of considering a charter school on the ballot of an upcoming election.

Taking effect immediately, the new law sets the stage for the commission to be abolished by July 1, 2020.

Martinez law creates craft distiller licensees

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2019 08:41 AM

beer 082819SPRINGFIELD — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) creates rules to allow small distilleries to self-distribute spirits.

Martinez’s measure creates a class 1 craft distiller licensee, which allows a licensee to manufacture up to 50,000 gallons of spirits and to self-distribute or sell not more than 5,000 gallons of spirits to retail licensees or consumers.

The bill also creates a class 2 craft distiller license, which allows production of up to 100,000 gallons and allows the licensee to transfer up to 5,000 gallons of spirits to a distilling pub wholly owned and operated by the class 2 distiller.

“We want to support small businesses, and this is a way to help more people enter the market,” Martinez said. “I am grateful to Governor Pritzker for signing this bill into law.”

House Bill 2675 is effective immediately. 

New Martinez law to crack down on notary fraud

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 01:36 PM

notary 082819SPRINGFIELD — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) seeks to crack down on the practice of notaries falsely advertising legal services.

Martinez’s measure strengthens the notice requirements for people who are advertising notary public services in a language other than English and who are not licensed to practice law or accredited as an immigration representative.

“We know that there are some bad actors taking advantage of those for whom English is not their first language and charging them for services they are not legally able to provide,” Martinez said. “I am glad the governor took this issue seriously and signed my legislation into law.”

The bill also increases the fine for a violation of advertising notice requirements from $1,000 to $1,500.

House Bill 2176 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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