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Bush’s legislation to properly dispose of medical waste becomes law

sharpsSPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure to require the proper separation of sharp medical waste Monday.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, was chief co-sponsor of the legislation. The new law would require “sharp” medical waste, such as syringes, to be properly separated from regular waste. It also requires the state to provide collection services for such waste.

“This is an important safety measure, not just for our sanitation workers, who can be put at risk when people wrongly dispose of dangerous material in their regular recyclables, but for everyone,” Bush said. “This makes it harder for accidental injuries and infections to occur. I’m glad to see the governor sign a common sense safety regulation into law.”

For proper disposal, syringes and other “sharps” should be collected in an appropriate sharps disposal container and can be disposed of in your regular trash. Even when placed in the appropriate plastic container, sharps should never be disposed of with recyclables.

Under the new law, disposing of sharp waste like syringes in recycling would be prohibited. It would also permit local governments to establish sharps collection points at medical centers and police or fire stations and to create a U.S. Postal Service-approved sharp waste mail-back program.

The legislation was Senate Bill 793. It will take effect Jan. 1.

Bush statement on override of vetoes on critical budget items

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SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Melinda Bush joined her colleagues in the Illinois Senate today to support the override of five pieces of legislation ensuring funding for critical state services, including public safety and health care.

“We cannot allow crucial state services to go without funding due to partisan squabbling,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “I support these provisions because they fund the police and firefighters who keep Illinois safe and agencies like the Departments of Children and Family Services, Aging, and Public Health, which ensure we provide care for those in need. I urge my fellow lawmakers in the House to do the responsible thing and vote as I have.”

Senator Melinda Bush issues statement on state shutdown

bush-shutdownSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Melinda Bush issued the following statement as Illinois state government agencies reached the end of their allotted budget in the absence of a 2016 spending plan.

“We have already seen cooperation to ensure our schools will not be affected by the ongoing fight between Governor Rauner and the General Assembly, and as state agencies and vital state programs are forced to shut down for lack of a complete budget, we need to see common sense and compromise,” Bush said.

“Every day we don’t come to an agreement, the work of the state goes undone, and the needs of Illinoisans go unmet. I ask both sides to do the right thing and not disrupt the lives of our state’s most vulnerable.”

Senator Bush voted for a one-month provisionary budget that would have ensured ongoing services as lawmakers continue to negotiate a full 2016 budget. The measure passed the Illinois Senate but failed in the House.

Bush strengthens transparency in local government

Truth in taxation legislation passes General Assembly

Bush strengthens transparency in local governmentSPRINGFIELD - An effort to ensure news of possible tax changes is more readily accessible to the public has passed the General Assembly under State Sen. Melinda Bush’s sponsorship.

The proposal passed the Illinois House without opposition. It would require local taxing bodies to post notices of proposed tax increases online.

“I’m excited to see this common sense proposal move forward with a clear consensus,” Sen. Bush said. “Posting notices online helps disseminate that information more quickly, and gives constituents the most opportunity to register support or opposition to a proposal.”

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Environment and Conservation (Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions; Revenue; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Sub. on Tax Exemptions and Credits; Sub. on Interscholastic Athletics; Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).

Associated Representatives:
Joyce Mason
Sam Yingling