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Senator Haine fights to save funding for local communities

haine-lgdfSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has been busy this week voting on measures to restore funding to important programs for local communities and vulnerable populations that Governor Rauner has proposed to cut.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted on Wednesday to protect Alton, Granite City, Edwardsville and other Metro East communities from deep cuts in state funding.

In February, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a 50 percent reduction to county and city governments’ state funding.

“Our communities rely on their funding from the state,” Haine said. “Cuts to this funding would lead to higher property taxes and put devastating constraints on local governments’ ability to provide important services. Furthermore, such cuts would likely lead to the layoff of police and firefighters, thereby weakening the safety of our communities.” 

To show a few examples of how much funding would be lost to Metro East communities:

Local Government    FY14 Total Received from LGDF    Amount Lost if Cut in Half in FY2016

Madison County       $5,426,453                                  $2,812,814
Alton                       $2,656,409                                  $1,376,956
Collinsville                $2,438,481                                  $1,263,993
Edwardsville             $2,315,885                                  $1,200,445
Granite City             $2,845,546                                  $1,474,995
Wood River             $1,015,947                                     $526,618           

Yesterday’s vote, however, will save this funding so local governments can continue to effectively serve their communities, and police and fire fighters can continue to protect public safety.

Sen. Haine works to create buffer zones between adult entertainment facilities and schools

haine-steel-mrSPRINGFIELD, IL – Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) passed legislation today that would create buffer zones between adult entertainment facilities and schools, daycare centers, cemeteries, public parks, public housing or places of worship.

The legislation, House Bill 3983, arose from an instance in which a municipality allowed for the construction of an adult entertainment facility next door to a convent that was just over the municipal border. The measure is intended to protect citizens from the adverse secondary effects generated by adult entertainment facilities.
 
“This law is needed to prevent cities and counties from placing their adult entertainment facilities next to churches, schools and other areas where children gather,” said Haine. “We know that crime rates rise the most within 250 feet of these facilities. This bill is important to keep our children safe and to make sure people are able to feel protected from the lewd behaviors these establishments attract.”

The measure also updates the definition of adult entertainment facility to reflect the changing nature of the types of businesses that focus on material of an adult nature by providing for a clearer and very specific definition.

The legislation passed the Senate today with a vote of 51 to 0 and will be sent to the governor’s desk.

Senator Haine continues working for medical marijuana

haine-medmar-extensSpringfield - Legislation passed the Senate today extending the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) to four years from the date the first medical cannabis dispensary gets registered by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR).  Senator Haine (D-Alton) is the chief Senate sponsor of the measure.

In February, with the approval of the Governor, DFPR issued authorizations to 51 medical cannabis dispensaries. These dispensaries have until June 2 to be officially registered to operate. Therefore, this most recent measure will likely extend the MCPP an extra 18 months.

With the support of Sen. Haine, the original Medical Cannabis Pilot Program was signed into law in 2013.

“This program was signed into law two years ago and still has yet to be effectively implemented due to bureaucratic barriers from the previous administration,” Haine said. “This legislation sets a new deadline for this program to get up and running. It is time to quit dragging our feet. Let’s get this done and give patients access to the care they need.”

In January, new updates to the medical marijuana laws were signed into law. These updates included increased authority to regulators, revised criminal background checks for patients and updated the laws on DUI regulations for medical cannabis patients.

The Legislation, House Bill 3299, passed out of the Senate today and will be sent to the governor.

Senator Haine honors police, firefighters, first responders

haine-ffdayresoSpringfield, IL – Senator Haine (D-Alton) passed a resolution in the Illinois Senate today that designates May 14, 2015 as Statewide Police, Firefighter and First Responder Appreciation Day in Illinois.

“This resolution urges all Illinoisans to recognize and honor those who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Haine. “It is important to continue to remember the hard work of all police, firefighters and first responders. Every day we go to sleep, we go to work and we depend on them to protect us. Statewide Police, Firefighter and First Responder Day celebrates the work these men and women do to keep our society safe.”

The intent of the resolution is for the members of the Illinois Senate to recognize and honor distinguished officers and citizens who devote themselves to public service, and who demonstrate great courage while providing for the care of the citizens of their community and the state.

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - 2018

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born 8 August 1944, in Alton, Illinois. United States Army Veteran; one tour of duty, Vietnam (1967-69); Bachelors Degree, St. Louis University (1967); Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University School of Law (1974). Member, Madison County Board (1978, 1982-86); Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees (1981-88); Madison County State's Attorney (1988-2002). Wife, Anna, 7 children, 31 grandchildren.