Tuesday, April 4th - Witness Slip Tuesday

Action: Fill out Witness Slips for Illinois Legislation

Focusing on state government is one way we can fight back against the Trump agenda as state laws can counteract federal and limit their effectiveness. And besides that, we all live in Illinois and so what happens in Springfield impacts all of us. Illinois allows us to file Witness Slips, a sort of popularity contest helping legislators judge how many people like a given bill. Here are a few selected by The Witness Slip Project.

It is strongly recommended that you create an account that will pre-fill all the information for you with each witness slip you fill in. For representing, you can say "self". Once you have an account made, you can click through all of these witness slips easily and the whole process will take you less than 5 minutes.

All these witness slips were compiled by The Witness Slip Project, a Facebook group that does amazing work working through the mess that is the Illinois Legislature and figure out what legislation needs witness slips. All synopses are from them and all the credit belongs to them.


SB31-SFA1: Illinois Trust Act
Suggested Action: PROPONENT

SB31 is a bill that would keep local police from being deputized by immigration authorities unless they have warrants; would bar federal agents from state-funded schools or health institutions unless they have a court-issued warrant. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only". In this case, in section 3, change the drop down from "Original Bill" to "SFA 1" in section 3 since it's an amendment.

SB0940 MENTAL DIS-COMMUNITY-BASED

Suggested Action: Proponent

This bill establishes a schedule for the transition to community-based services of persons over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities who qualify.  Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1784 Tree Cutting - Protected Land
Suggested Action: Proponent


This bill amends the Wrongful Tree Cutting Act. Changes the definition of "stumpage". Defines "protected land" and "qualified professional forester or ecological restoration professional". Provides that any party found to have intentionally cut or knowingly caused to be cut any standing timber or tree, other than a tree or woody plant referenced in the Illinois Exotic Weed Act, on protected land, and the party did not have the legal right to so cut or cause to be cut, must pay the person or entity that owns or holds a conservation right to the land 3 times stumpage value plus remediation costs. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 1738: Raising IL minimum wage

Suggested Action: Proponent


This bill amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.50 beginning July 1, 2017 and increases it by $1.25 each July 1 of 2018 and 2019 and increases it by $1.50 each July 1 of 2020 and 2021, at which point the minimum wage will be $15.00. Provides that beginning July 1, 2022, the minimum wage shall be increased by 2.5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers, whichever is lower. Deletes the allowance for gratuities. Effective immediately. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 1453 PERSONNEL-SUPPORTED EMPLOYEES
Suggested Action: PROPONENT


This bill creates a program to offer short-term employment to individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1649 EPA-DISPOSAL-ASPHALT ROOFING
Suggested Action: Proponent

Synopsis As Introduced
This bill amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that no owner or operator of a sanitary landfill that is located within a 25-mile radius of an eligible shingle recycling facility (currently, a site where asphalt roofing shingles are recycled under a Beneficial Use Determination pursuant to specified provisions of the Act) shall accept for disposal loads of whole or processed asphalt roofing shingles. Makes a corresponding change. Defines "eligible shingle recycling facility". Removes language providing that provisions concerning the disposal of asphalt roofing shingles are repealed on February 1, 2018. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1775 MUNI-GREENHOUSE GAS TASK FORCE
Suggested Action: Proponent

This bill amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Creates the Municipal Task Force on Recycling Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to review the status of municipal policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationally and internationally. Provides that the review shall include, but not be limited to, specified greenhouse gas initiatives. Provides that the Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations resulting from its review. Provides that the Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than one year after the effective date. Contains provisions concerning the membership of the Task Force. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall be appointed no later than 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the provisions creating and concerning the Task Force shall be repealed 2 years after the effective date.  Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 626 NURSING HOME-STAFFING-NURSES
Suggested Action: Opponent
This bill allows the Director of Public Health to grant staffing waivers to nursing homes that are unable to meet the state's registered nurse staffing levels but meet certain requirements.Click here to fill out a witness slip saying OPPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

 

Indivisible IL-5 Town Hall

Indivisible IL-5 is hosting a Town Hall in cooperation with Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky. We rallied outside his office, called for a town hall, and he agreed! So let's come out and show him how much we care.
April 17t, 6:15pm-8:15pm

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Seating is limited, so RSVP here and submit your questions.