(SPRINGFIELD) State House lawmakers are hearing testimony on a bill requiring gun dealers to be licensed by the state. The General Assembly passed the bill, but Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed it, saying it’s too burdensome. The House Committee is now gauging support for a possible veto override. Some concerns of the bill are that it is unfair to small gun dealers while exempting big box stores, that the bill is redundant in terms that the regulations are already being enforced by the Federal Government, and that it will not be enforceable. There will be more debate on the issue before the General Assembly returns to Springfield next month. Lawmakers could move to override the veto or pass a more palatable version.
(SPRINGFIELD) State Senator Dale Righter of Mattoon is co-sponsoring two new bills, one that focuses on helping reduce the tendency of convicted criminals to commit another crime and another ensuring neglected areas in communities receive honest advantages when it comes to tax increment finance (TIF) revenues. Senate Bill 2282 provides protection for employers, specifically negligent-hiring liability, when they employ an individual with a nonviolent, nonsexual criminal conviction. Senate Bill 2280 would restrict transferring TIF dollars from one TIF District to another and puts more restrictions on when a blighted area of a community can be considered for tax increment financing. Both bills await hearings before Senate Committees in Springfield as lawmakers return to the State Capitol on April 10.
(EAST PEORIA) Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and others yesterday hosted “A Celebration of Trailblazing Women,” honoring the accomplishments of five Peoria-area women in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event was held as part of the IDHR’s Fairness and Equality Campaign in recognition of the Illinois Bicentennial. To learn more about the Campaign, contact the IDHR by emailing at IDHR.Webmail@illinois.gov. For a schedule of events held across the state for the Illinois Bicentennial or to get more details on the State’s 200th Birthday Celebration, go to www.illinois200.com.