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Fine introduces plan to help prevent homelessness

Published: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:25 AM

fine 032819SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) will provide support for people who are facing homelessness.

“Many individuals and families may be one paycheck away from homelessness, and we want to do as much as we can to prevent this traumatic experience,” Fine said. “This bill gives families who are struggling a little bit of breathing room.”

House Bill 3331 gives homeless organizations the flexibility to use the funding they already receive to better address issues. It adds the payment of rent or mortgage as a type of assistance available through the Homelessness Prevention Services Program. This will allow these organizations to help families stay in their homes so they do not find themselves in a stressful, traumatic situation.

The bill passed the Senate Human Services Committee, and will be up for consideration by the full Senate.

Fine moves to require insurance coverage of skin cancer screenings

Published: Thursday, May 09, 2019 10:33 AM

skin screening 050919SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) would require insurance providers to include coverage for at least one yearly screening for skin cancer.

“Certain types of skin cancer can be extremely deadly, but many insurance plans don’t cover screenings,” Fine said. “That could leave people who may be at risk of skin cancer with a tough decision: pay for the expensive screening out of pocket, or forego it entirely.”

Fine aims to grant graduate assistants employment protections

Published: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 03:20 PM

Senator FineSPRINGFIELD – Graduate and research assistants would have the same labor rights as other educational employees under a bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview). The bill was approved today by a Senate committee.

“Graduate and research assistants are not considered employees despite performing a very important duty that benefits their university and society as a whole,” Fine said. “Allowing graduate and research assistants to collectively bargain will afford them the same dignity and respect already secured by their colleagues.”

Currently, those classified as “students” are excluded from the definition of educational employee. House Bill 253 removes graduate assistants whose primary duties are research or pre-professional from the “student” classification, therefore allowing them to be counted as employees. This in turn entitles them to the same rights and incentives as other educational employees in the state, including the right to collectively bargain for things such as better working conditions and fairer pay.

“Having a say over one’s own labor is a right that should be guaranteed to everyone,” Fine said. “I’m proud to be fighting to ensure graduate and research assistants can continue to do their important work with dignity.”

The bill passed through the Senate Labor Committee and will now receive consideration from the full Senate.

Senate marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2019 03:54 PM

fine 050219SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Senate commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in honor of those who lost their lives and those whose lives were forever altered by the horror of the Holocaust. 

Members of the Illinois Senate released the following statements to reassert their commitment to human rights:

“Now more than ever, the world needs to remember and reflect on the atrocities that occurred and the sentiments that led to them so that we, for the sake of basic human decency, can ensure they never again happen,” Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) said.

Sen. Laura Fine

Sen. Laura Fine

9th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Vice-Chairperson); Insurance; Local Government; Public Health.

Associated Representatives:
Robyn Gabel
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz