Updates from 102nd General Assembly
I’m proud to report that my legislation, HB343, passed in both the House and Senate during the spring legislative session. This legislation will move the time a school day begins in the Illinois Vehicle Code from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. to make it safer for students who begin school at or before 7:00 a.m. This issue was brought to me by the Plainfield Police Department, and I hope Governor Pritzker signs this commonsense safety measure into law. Read more about HB343 here.
This spring session, legislation I sponsored (HB3004) to help end revolving doors for members of pension boards also passed the House and the Senate. This legislation helps end a clear conflict of interest, and I hope to see it signed into law soon as well. Learn more about this legislation here.
The House also passed SJRCA11, and I spoke about the need for the General Assembly to introduce constitutional amendments to address issues like term limits, ethics, property taxes, and a fair map. You can read my response and view my floor speech online here.
Pritzker Signs Legislative Maps, Lawsuit Filed
Last Friday, Governor Pritzker signed the partisan-drawn legislative maps pushed through by legislative Democrats into law. A lawsuit challenging the legislative maps has been filed by Leader Jim Durkin and Leader Dan McConchie.
The lawsuit argues that the use of ACS data estimates violates federal law and well established “one-person, one-vote” principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. More than 50 good government and community advocacy organizations implored the General Assembly to wait for official census counts, which are expected by August 16, 2021.
These maps were drawn utilizing a partisan process that ignored the strong recommendations made by numerous advocacy groups and Illinois citizens who testified at redistricting hearings. The people of Illinois were deprived of a fair and transparent legislative map-making process, and this suit, as a conduit for them, ensures they have their day in court. Now, this is a matter for the courts to decide.
Batinick in Action, Speaking on the House Floor
As House Republican Floor Leader, I often speak on the house floor when we are in session. I also spoke about bills that moved through the House as well as on points of personal privilege. View some of these speeches at the links below:
- Rep. Batinick Criticizes Soft Effort for Ethics Reform
- Rep. Batinick Backs Asian American History Bill
- Rep. Batinick Calls for House to Debate Constitutional Amendments to Address Illinois’ Issues
- Rep. Batinick Speaks on Resolution to Honor PFC Andrew Meari
- Rep. Batinick Recognizes Nephew Serving in Indiana National Guard
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