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    SPRINGFIELD – A potential gap in the protection of abused minors would be closed under a measure sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) which passed out of a Senate committee today.

    “This adjusts an existing statute that, under specific circumstances, has left abuse survivors with no options for justice in the past,” Fine said. “This problem arises from situations when a survivor of abuse turns 18 between the incident and the court date. It’s an accident of timing that has let predators walk away clean and it’s unacceptable. I’m happy to help close a loophole that harms a minor who is a survivor of abuse.”

  • Senator FineSPRINGFIELD – To ensure dignity for all in the workplace, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is pushing for workers with intellectual or development disabilities to have help seeking employment and negotiating fair compensation.

    “The unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities is nearly three times higher than the statewide unemployment rate,” Fine said. “On top of that, a large portion of these employees make less than the minimum wage. It’s time we help workers receive the respect and dignity they deserve on the job.”

    Senate Bill 2087 creates the Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act, which would establish a five-year pilot program with two main functions: To assist individuals with disabilities who are seeking work in finding employment, and to help workers with disabilities negotiate with employers to ensure they receive fair compensation.

    The bill is an initiative of The Arc of Illinois, an organization that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities throughout the state. It passed the Senate Committee on Human Services with a unanimous vote and is scheduled to be heard by the full Senate.

  • Senator FineSPRINGFIELD – Under a new bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview), health insurance companies would be required to provide more comprehensive mental healthcare coverage.

    A Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) is a specific type of group care to treat common mental health issues that require frequent and systematic follow-ups, such as depression and anxiety. Fine’s legislation, Senate Bill 2085, mandates insurance providers to include a CoCM in their coverage.

    “Collaborative care models can often be more effective in treating patients with common mental health issues, and can save money for both patients and providers,” Fine said. “By requiring insurance companies to cover this type of integrated care, we allow patients in Illinois to have more freedom to seek out the care that is best for them.”

    The bill passed through the Senate Committee on Insurance by a vote of 18 – 0 and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  • fine swearingin 010719GLENVIEW – State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) was sworn into office on Sunday to represent Illinois’ 9th Senate District.

    “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent the people of the 9th District,” said Fine, who represents several of Chicago’s north suburbs including Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka and Skokie. “A new year with a new incoming administration means plenty of fresh opportunities to enact the change Illinoisans deserve, and I’m excited to get to work.”

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    SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) issued the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker’s 2019 Budget Address:

    “It was refreshing to hear a budget address from a governor who is willing to work with the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget. After four years of budget addresses that seemed hostile to cooperation and functioning government, this return to stability is a nice change.

    “I’m encouraged by Gov. Pritzker’s pledge to search for new revenue sources. Any way that we can increase the state’s revenue stream without having to increase taxes on working families is step in the right direction.

    “I was also pleased to hear the governor lay out his legislative and budgetary priorities for this General Assembly. It’s much easier to work with a governor who makes their intentions clear. That allows us in the legislature to set our own agenda in a way that is complementary to the executive so that we can coexist in the way we ought to: as separate but equal branches.

    “Overall, I was pleased with the address, and I look forward to working with the governor along with my Senate colleagues to ensure that the budgets we pass in the future are all fair, balanced and beneficial to everyone in Illinois.”

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  • fine 030619SPRINGFIELD – State workers would be required to live within the state of Illinois under a new proposal by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview).

    “State workers’ salaries are paid by Illinois taxpayers,” Fine said. “It just makes sense that if you’re going to be paid by income, sales, and property taxes that Illinois residents pay, then you should be subject to those same taxes.”

    Senate Bill 1639 establishes a requirement that to work for any state agency within Illinois, a person must live in the state. The measure would not affect employees who work for a contractor that has a contract with the state, and allows for a three-month grace period.

    The bill passed the Senate Committee on State Government and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  • inaugurationGLENVIEW – State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) was inaugurated into the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

    “I’m looking forward to getting started in the Senate,” Fine said. “I know from my experience in the House that there’s a lot of tough work involved in being an effective legislator, but I know that I’m capable of doing the job. I am honored to represent the concerns and interests of the residents of the 9th District. ”

    Fine was inaugurated with her family by her side along with several other new members of the Senate.

  • fine 011719GLENVIEW – State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) applauded the signing of a bill meant to stem the tide of illegal firearms trafficking in Illinois, calling the new law an important step toward sensible gun reform.

    “This law provides a responsible solution to the gun safety issues that plague the state and the country,” Fine said. “Governor Pritzker’s action today to approve this Senate initiative is a welcome change.”

    The Gun Dealer Licensing Act requires federally certified gun sellers to also receive certification from the Illinois State Police. Gun dealers must also train employees on how to conduct background checks and properly store and secure firearms to prevent theft.

    The goal of the law is to help curb a major source of illegally trafficked guns.

    “I was proud to vote for this measure as a member of the Illinois House, and I want to thank the Governor for taking the necessary action to protect the people of Illinois,” Fine said. “We have known the scope of this problem for years, and Illinoisans have clearly called for sensible gun reform. I’m excited that it has finally been delivered.”

    The legislation was Senate Bill 337. The new law is effective immediately.