Governor signs Sandoval’s measure to protect private information

confidential 081219SPRINGFIELD – Bipartisan legislation introduced by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) and signed into law today by Governor JB Pritzker was created to help protect confidential documents submitted along with applications for driver’s license and state identification cards.

“Every person has the right to privacy and that applies to private documents you submit to the state as well,” Sandoval said. “Illinoisans should never be afraid that confidential information they give to the state will fall into the wrong hands and this legislation will help prevent this from happening.”

Senate Bill 1344 prohibits confidential documents submitted to the Secretary of State for driver’s license or ID card applications from being released through the Freedom of Information Act. The measure provides that these confidential documents may only be released to the following entities:

  • The individual to whom the driver’s license or ID card was issued
  • Officers and employees of the Secretary of State in charge of issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards
  • Law enforcement officials for a criminal or civil law investigation
  • Any other entity the Secretary has authorized by rule

The measure will go into effect immediately.

Sandoval moves to protect police and first responders

police fire 032019CICERO— Senate Transportation Chairman, Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) championed a new law to protect police and first responders on Illinois’ roadways. Sandoval’s measure, Senate Bill 1862, institutes stronger regulations to prevent senseless tragedies.

“Our officers put their lives on the line every day to keep communities across Illinois safe,” Sandoval said. “We can’t bring back the brave heroes we have lost this year, but we can work to ensure this does not happen to another fellow officer. This new law will help protect the people who work tirelessly to make our state a better place.”

Senate Bill 1862 takes the following steps to strengthen Scott’s Law:

  • Increases the minimum fine for a Scott’s Law violation without damage or injury from $100 to $500
  • Makes a Scott’s Law violation that results in damage to a vehicle a Class A Misdemeanor
  • A violation that results in injury or death would be a Class 4 Felony
  • Increases the penalty for a reckless homicide conviction based on a violation of Scott’s Law that results in the death of a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel to a Class 2 felony from a Class 3 felony

The number of troopers hit by vehicles has drastically increased this year, with Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story, and Gerald Ellis killed in the line of duty while their patrol vehicles were stalled on the side of the road. Sandoval believes this new law will reinforce the state’s commitment to support Illinois law enforcement and emergency responders.

“This new law will educate drivers and reinforce responsible driving practices,” Sandoval said. “It’s vital that we stay alert while driving. One wrong move can cost lives.”

Senate Bill 1862 passed the General Assembly with unanimous support. The new law was signed on Tuesday and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Governor signs Sandoval’s $45 billion infrastructure improvement package

sandovalSPRINGFIELD – Billions of dollars in funding will be released for construction projects across the state under a bipartisan package of bills approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three month negotiation process led by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired a subcommittee that traveled the state this spring to learn about local infrastructure needs and potential revenue sources to pay for them.

Sandoval lauds elimination of citizenship question from 2020 census

sandoval 021519­SPRINGFIELD – Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Thursday following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to bar a question about citizenship from the 2020 census:

“It’s been clear from the start that a citizenship question is a blatant attempt to diminish the political power of immigrant and Latino communities. An accurate count means accurate representation in government, and if this question is allowed on the 2020 census, many of the communities I represent be left without a voice.

“Today’s decision is a major win against yet another racist policy the Trump administration developed to further divide our nation, and, as the son of immigrants myself, I’m committed to continuing to fight against these policies and protecting those who come to Illinois in search of a better life.”

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval

11th District

Years served: 2003 - 2019

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