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Holmes passes law to study broadband access

broadband 081418SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed a law to create the Broadband Advisory Council to study expanding broadband access in Illinois.

“Broadband access has become a critical means of access to the world for growth, learning and business,” Holmes said. “This resource is now as necessary as utilities for our communities, and we need to explore all opportunities to expand this critical resource to areas not yet being served.”

Holmes increases access to HPV prevention information

hpv ed 080718SPRINGFIELD – Young people in Illinois now have increased access to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) under a measure sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D – Aurora) that became law today.

Under previous law, schools were only required to provide HPV information to female students entering the 6th grade. The new law requires schools to ensure that all students, both male and female, receive the necessary information.

“HPV is a very serious condition that can lead to cancer diagnoses in both men and women,” Holmes said. “To only mandate that female students be provided the information leaves half of the population vulnerable to a potentially life threatening illness, and I’m proud to have helped pass a law that allows for everyone, regardless of sex,  to receive the information they need to remain healthy.”

Senate Bill 2866 passed through both chambers with bipartisan support, and is effective as of January 1, 2019.

Holmes measure for sexual harassment education becomes law

holmes 080618SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) requiring sex education instruction to include more in-depth discussion on sexual harassment became law today.

“We are still facing frequent reports of sexual misconduct on college campuses and in work places,” Holmes said. “The first step in stopping these egregious actions is to make sure students are educated on the differences between when is right and wrong.”

Holmes proposal to educate students on consent passes Senate

holmes 052518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed legislation through the Illinois Senate requiring that sex education classes in grades 6 through 12 include information on what constitutes sexual consent and what may be considered sexual harassment or assault. The course would have an emphasis on the workplace and life on a college campus.

“Nearly every week there are new reports of sexual assault or misconduct on college campuses and in work places,” Holmes said. “The first step in stopping these egregious actions is to make sure students are educated on the differences on what is right and wrong.”

The proposal came from State Representative Stephanie Kifowit’s Student Advisory Council. Kifowit previously passed the bill through the Illinois House.

“It’s inspiring to work with the members of my Youth Advisory Council to spearhead an initiative to raise awareness to prevent sexual harassment and assault, especially on college campuses and in the work place,” stated Kifowit.  “These students saw a problem, got involved and changed the law to benefit future students.  These young leaders should be commended for their activism.”

The legislation, House Bill 5148, passed through the Illinois Senate with a vote of 50-0. It will now head to the governor’s desk. 

Sen. Linda Holmes

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42nd District

Years served:
2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Environment and Conservation; Labor; Local Government; Committee of the Whole; Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Insurance.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.