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Hastings works to make sure Illinois meets 21st century challenges

cyber month 100417TINLEY PARK- State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is proud to announce the state of Illinois will be observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

“National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good opportunity for Illinois residents to educate themselves on new laws and scams to protect their personal information,” Hastings said. “There are a number of resources available and new laws that will help us meet the technological challenges of the 21st century.”

Hastings: Homeland Security confirms Russians responsible for voter database security breach

hackersTINLEY PARK- The United State Department of Homeland Security confirmed Russian hackers were responsible for the malicious 2016 cyber-attack on the Illinois Voter Registration System database that compromised personal information for as many as 90,000 Illinois residents.  

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is working to prevent similar breaches in security from ever happening in Illinois again.

Illinois “Safe Pets” law on track to be the strongest in nation

hastings 050117TINLEY PARK— State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed legislation to establish best practices and consistent regulations to protect dogs and cats throughout Illinois.

Hastings’ initiative, Senate Bill 1882, was signed into law today. This new law also known as “Safe Pets” will establish standards to protect the health and well-being of animals sold in Illinois.

“Welcoming dogs and cats into your family is physically and mentally rewarding,” Hastings said. “These furry friends do not take long to become part of your family. It is our duty to put protections in place to protect our family pets’ well-being as well as make sure there are precautions in place to reunite dogs and cats with our families sooner.”

The primary components of this regulatory standard for pet stores:

•    Prohibits pet stores from purchasing animals from large commercial breeders that are USDA-licensed and does not have direct non-compliance citations over a two-year period.
•    Pet stores are required to microchip dogs or cats prior to sale.
•    Requires pet stores to obtain copies of USDA inspection reports either from the USDA website (if posted online) or directly from the breeder prior to purchasing the cat or dog and must be available to consumers prior to sale.

Hastings worked with the Illinois Pet Lovers Association and the Illinois Humane Society

These protections enhance public confidence in the health of the animal prior to purchase.

“The enactment of this bill is an important step in the right direction and brings us one day closer to the day when cruel puppy mills have nowhere left to sell,” said Marc Ayers, Illinois Director of the Humane Society of the United States. “Illinois is the eighth state to enact a pet store sourcing law, preventing the worst puppy mills from selling to in-state pet stores."

Hastings worked with organizations and stakeholders throughout Illinois to develop a compromise to protect Illinois’ dogs and cats.

“This legislation is the result of countless hours of negotiation to institute responsible and thoughtful pet industry regulations in Illinois to protect Illinois’ dogs and cats,” Hastings said.

Senate Bill 1882 the Senate and House with bipartisan support. This new law goes into effect immediately.

Hastings updates internet laws to protect children

hastings intnt privacy 082517TINLEY PARK- Internet websites or online services that mostly serve children for educational purposes will soon no longer be able to objectify children by selling their person information.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ (D-Tinley Park) Senate Bill 1796, Student Online Personal Protection Act, was signed into law today.

“The way our children learn has changed,” Hastings said. “We use new technology like educational websites and online programs to make sure our children are trained to work in digital world. Parents should not have to be worried about how companies use marketing tactics to target their children.”

Senate Bill 1796 works to ensure that student data will be protected when it is collected by educational technology companies and that the data may be used for beneficial purposes such as providing personalized learning and innovative educational technologies but cannot be used to be sold to third-parties for advertising purposes.

This new law is modeled off of a student data privacy law enacted in California in 2015.

Senate Bill 1796 prohibits operators of educational websites that target children in preschool through 12th grade from knowingly doing any of the following:

  • Actively participating in targeted advertising on the site if the targeting is based on any information that the operator has acquired because of the use of its site for a K-12 school purpose
  • Using information gathered by the operator's site to accumulate a profile about a student, unless it is to be used to improve their website in maintenance of K-12 school purposes;
  • Selling or renting a student's information.

“Technology is evolving,” Hastings said. “It is important that Illinois continues to adapt to the new world. Our children learn through online methods, it is important that children are protected and supported as they progress through the educational system, not targeted.”

Senate Bill 1796 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law goes into effect immediately.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

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19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Financial Institutions; Insurance; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); State Government & Veterans Affairs; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.