The Majority Report 04/22/19 - Senate Dems prioritize mental health care for first responders


Link: First responders deserve access to mental health care

First responders

Firefighters and law enforcement officers would have expanded access to mental health services under a proposal by State Senator Terry Link that passed the Senate.

“The men and women who dedicate their lives to the protection of their neighbors do so under extremely stressful situations that can have an impact on the mental health of an individual,” Link (D-Indian Creek) said. “Ensuring there are services available when needed acknowledges these often tough working conditions and is vital to maintain the overall health of our brave first responders.”

Link’s plan expands access to counseling services by allowing agencies to train personnel in peer counseling and establishing a training program for law enforcement officers to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress. Continue reading.




Sims seeks to attract more film business to Illinois

Film business

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr.’s plan to attract more film and TV companies to Illinois recently passed the Senate.

The proposal would expand the state’s film production tax credit with the aim of raising Illinois’ national standing in the film and television industry.

“This effort will help us gain momentum in the media production industry,” Sims (D-Chicago) said. “We have seen much growth in this area, but expanding the film tax credit would help us attract more film companies and really thrive.”

Senate Bill 1595 changes the Film Production Services Tax Credit Act to allow the first $200,000 of out-of-state wages paid or acquired by production companies to qualify for the film production services tax credit. Continue reading.


Morrison passes measure to incentivize organ donation

Sen. Julie A. Morrison

A proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison making it easier for living organ or bone marrow donors to potentially save a life passed the Senate.

“Last year, 3,402 Illinois residents were candidates for a kidney transplant. By the end of the year, however, only 798 people actually received a transplant. That represents less than a quarter of patients who are on the organ donation waiting list,” Morrison (D-Deerfield) said.

Morrison’s plan creates the Organ Donation Tax Credit, allowing private employers to take a credit against withholding taxes if the employer offers the ability of employees to take a paid leave of absence of at least 30 days to donate an organ or bone marrow. Continue reading.




Castro helps raise awareness about distracted driving

Distracted driver

State Senator Cristina Castro is raising awareness of distracted driving by helping to kick off a campaign to educate drivers about distractions on the road.

“Many people think texting one quick message while driving is harmless,” Castro (D-Elgin) said. “We have to get the message across that this can be life changing.”

The Kane County High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) campaign begins April 26 and aims to encourage safe driving by increasing police presence throughout the week. Data will be captured and studied to determine the effectiveness of the program and to help reduce deaths and injuries on the road.

Last year, Castro passed measures to establish an Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week and require stronger penalties for texting and driving. Continue reading.



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