CONCEALED-CARRY PERMITS IN THE MAIL
Nearly 3,000 second amendment activists rallied at the Capitol on March 5 for their annual lobby day. Senator Brady proudly addressed the crowd, who at this year’s Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) could finally celebrate Illinois becoming the last state in the nation to allow its citizens to carry concealed handguns in public.
Indeed, more than 5,000 concealed-carry permits had been mailed out by the end of February.
The Illinois State Rifle Association sponsors the Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) each year, encouraging gun owners to lobby their representatives in the Senate and House of
Representatives for pro-Second Amendment legislation. Other participating organizations this year include Guns Save Life, Sangamon County Rifle Association, and the McHenry County Right To Carry Association.
FUTURE FARMERS VISIT
On March 6, the state Capitol hosted hundreds of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across Illinois who were in Springfield for the annual Illinois Ag/FFA Legislative Day. Senator Brady had the pleasure of meeting with several chapters to discuss agriculture related issues. The Senate also paused briefly to welcome State FFA president Sam Detwiler of rural Flanagan, along with other members of the FFA who were visiting.
BILLS APPROVED, SENT TO HOUSE
The Senate approved and sent to the House several dozen measures during the week ending March 7. Click on the headline to read about some of the more notable measures.
Sex Offender Unemployment Reporting (SB 2912): Requires that a registered sex offender who loses his or her employment must report in person to the law enforcement agency with which he or she last registered his or her loss of employment within three days of that loss of employment.
Proof of License Plate Renewal (SB 2802): Allows a printed receipt of an online license plate renewal to be used as proof of renewal until the physical sticker is received in the mail.
Prevailing wage (SB 2648): Requires the Department of Labor to go through Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and publish rules when it interprets the Prevailing Wage Act. The Quinn Administration has been circumventing the regular rulemaking process that allows for public notice and review before implementing new rules.
GED Cost Savings (SB 2729): Changes references in state statutes from “General Educational Development” (GED) test to “high school equivalency.” The GED test owner has contracted with a private company to administer GED tests, with a significant increase in the cost. This legislation changes state references to GED to a generic reference of high school equivalency, so that as competing tests are developed, it will be easier for Illinois to use a less costly test.
EIU Tuition Discount Program (SB 2765): Creates the “Panther Promise” pilot tuition discount program at Eastern Illinois University. The program would be geared to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and who are from households with a median annual family income of $35,000 to $70,000.
Railroad Police (SB 2791): Clarifies that railroad police have the authority to issue citations. This is being sought to clarify the authority of railroad officials to eject passengers on METRA trains.
Drones (SB 2937): Prohibits a law enforcement agency from using a drone owned by a private third party to acquire information (with certain exceptions). An amendment allows the use of a drone without a search warrant, if law enforcement is using a drone during a disaster or public health emergency (flood, tornado, earthquake, etc.). It does not require an official declaration of a disaster or public health emergency prior to use.
Off Highway Vehicle Stamp (SB 2633): Sets a new price of $10 for ATV Usage Stamps for vehicles with engine capacities of 75 cubic centimeters and below. Current law is $15 for all Usage Stamps, and this price would be kept in place for vehicles with an engine capacity exceeding 75ccs. Exemptions for the stamp includes vehicles for business use, golf carts, vehicles used by people with disabilities, vehicles used only at commercial riding parks, and vehicles used at sanctioned competitions.
Extending Probation (SB 3074): Allows a court to extend a defendant's term of probation or conditional discharge that was concurrent to, consecutive to, or otherwise interrupted by a prison term, if needed to provide additional time to complete an order of restitution.