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Sandoval receives international award in Mexico

sandoval mexico awardState Senator Martin Sandoval received the” Solidarity Immigrant Award” from the leader of Mexico’s National Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, on December 15, 2015. Sandoval was distinguished for his lifetime commitment in favor of the Mexican diaspora in the United States.

“I’m humbled for receiving this award in the name of my colleagues of the Illinois Senate whom had fought with me to provide the conditions for Mexican nationals to become productive individuals that greatly contribute to both, Mexico and the United States,” said Sandoval.

“The Solidarity Immigrant Award” is granted to individuals whose work has a significant impact in the quality of life of millions of Mexican nationals living in the United States. Among previous recipients of this award was Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

Solution to this year’s budget shortfall has arrived: Sandoval

sandoval-15budgetSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) played a big role in getting the Senate to pass legislation that would eliminate the $1.6 billion gap in the state’s budget for the current fiscal year.

“It was time to take care of last year’s business so that we can focus on fiscal year 2016,” Sandoval said. “The governor said he was willing to work across party lines to fix the budget and so am I. My vote reflected my words.”

The passage of House Bills 317 and 318 move $1.3 billion in surplus money to help fund mental health care, courts, prison guards, developmental disabilities services and the Child Care Assistance Program. The child care subsidy program, which helps parents who are working or attending school, will have all costs covered due to a $266 million influx.

“When I voted I thought about the families and especially the children. There is no reason child care centers should be closing,” Sandoval said. “Bipartisan thinking is the only way we’re going to make a real positive difference for hard working families who need help the most.”

The two measures were approved by the House on Tuesday and now go to the governor’s desk.

Sandoval votes to keep riders safe

Sandoval-HB4075Senate Transportation Committee Chair State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) voted recently on a measure aimed at providing a reasonable set of standards for commercial ridesharing companies, ensuring public safety and protecting Illinois citizens.

House Bill 4075, named the Ridesharing Arrangements and Consumer Protection Act, will require commercial ridesharing companies to have adequate insurance, contract with drivers who are appropriately licensed, use vehicles that are inspected for safety and serve customers with disabilities and in underserved communities.

“Companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar have recently entered Illinois communities to provide transportation services that have always required special licensure and strict compliance with local public safety rules,” Sandoval said. “Right now, these companies are providing thousands of rides a day without adequate insurance. It is only a matter of time before a tragedy occurs and an innocent person is left without recourse.”

The Illinois General Assembly passed the Ridesharing Arrangements Act in 1983 to permit carpooling and other similar activities. The legislation was narrowly crafted to prohibit alternative taxi services from operating in the state. UberX, Lyft and Sidecar have been openly operating in the City of Chicago and the city’s affluent suburbs without abiding by any regulations.

This measure has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval

Majority Caucus Whip
11th District

Years served: 2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities; Transportation (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Full-time state legislator, born in The Back of the Yards, graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in psychology; married (wife, Marina) has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Michael J. Madigan
Celina Villanueva