• Morrison law closes public safety loophole, blocks mentally ill access to firearms

    morrison 052916SPRINGFIELD – Tragic events around the country continue to highlight what happens when firearms get in the wrong hands.

    In an effort to reduce access to firearms by individuals suffering from mental illness, State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) introduced a plan earlier this year that was signed today by the governor.

    “We are suffering from an epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Morrison said. “Every day, we hear of more death and suffering because individuals who shouldn’t have easy access to guns have no problem obtaining firearms.”

  • Senate passes Morrison plan closing public safety loophole

    morrison ethics 030116Plan ensures mentally ill do not have access to firearms

    SPRINGFIELD – A plan by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) ensuring individuals with mental illness do not have access to firearms passed out of the Senate late last week.

    “Individuals struggling with mental illness should in no way have access to firearms,” Morrison said. “Guarding against guns getting in the wrong hands is as important for the safety of the general public as it is for the safety of the individual with mental illness.”

    Currently, Illinois law requires circuit court clerks to relay information to the Illinois State Police when a person passes through the court system and is deemed to have a mental disability or is involuntarily committed to a mental institution. The information is used to ensure FOID cards, which are required to legally own a firearm in Illinois, are not administered.

    Morrison’s proposal, contained in Senate Bill 2213, would ensure the state police are receiving information from every Illinois county by requiring circuit court clerks to report bi-annually if no person has been adjudicated as a person with a mental disability or if no person has been involuntarily admitted.

    “While Illinois’ mental health reporting laws are strong, we must ensure the process is actually working to protect the public’s safety,” Morrison said.

    Senate Bill 2213 passed the Senate without opposition on Friday and heads to the Illinois House for further debate.

  • Sen. Haine bill to bring fairness to consumer-owned vehicle impounds passes Senate

    Haine 042216SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) advanced a measure Friday that would protect citizens from excessive impound fees.

    After reports of local municipalities charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee, Haine filed the legislation in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles.

    “I am happy to see this measure receive such great support by my colleagues in the Senate. When this issue was brought to my attention, I knew it was important that we make sure protections are put in place for the people in our communities,” Haine said. “This bill would protect the people who are unable to move their cars due to unforeseeable circumstances. It is unreasonable to punish people with an excessive impound fee for things that are out of their control.”  

    The measure would limit the administrative fee by a local government for impounded vehicles from exceeding the actual cost of services provided. It also prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle due to an emergency circumstance. Should attorney fees accrue due to the car being wrongfully impounded, they would be awarded by the county or municipality.  

    The measure passed the Senate on Friday and now goes to the House for further consideration.  

    Haine noted that due to the statewide complexity of the bill, the House will likely have more work to do on it.

  • Morrison proposal would close public safety loophole

    morrison 040516Plan ensures mentally ill do not have access to firearms

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D–Deerfield) to ensure individuals with mental illness do not have access to firearms passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

    “Unfortunately, we have seen what can happen when firearms get in the wrong hands,” Morrison said. “While Illinois is fortunate to have a strong mental health reporting system already in place, we must ensure information for every county is being reported.”