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TRUST Act, Automatic Voter Registration Signed into Law
Recently the Governor signed two bills into law that I sponsored.
The TRUST Act (SB31) creates the strongest statewide deportation protections in the nation, and will allow for law enforcement officers to focus on protecting our streets and policing our communities, putting the burden for federal law enforcement on federal officers. The TRUST Act will prevent local police from holding people for immigration purposes without court-issued warrants and forbids local police from stopping, searching or arresting anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status. The Act will hopefully give immigrant community members more confidence in coming forward to report a crime or assist in an investigation without fear that they or their family members will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Automatic voter registration (SB1933) has been an issue I have fought hard for in Springfield, and I am proud to say we’re now the 10th state in the nation with a more common-sense approach to voter registration. Suffrage is an essential right, and I was happy to see it not become the partisan issue it has in other states. This law could potentially register one million previously eligible but unregistered voters as they interact with a number of state agencies.
Governor’s Record on Women’s Agenda
Governor Rauner has so far had a mixed record on what our legislative caucus of independent women has considered our Women’s Agenda for this session. Here’s an update:
The Governor signed HB3215 into law this month, which is a crucial law that provides free and accessible feminine hygiene products in public schools. Known as the Learn with Dignity Act, this law will give peace of mind to all young women across Illinois.
The Governor has not been the champion we would hope for on economic issues. He vetoed the No Salary History Act (HB2462) which received wide bipartisan support, he vetoed SB81, which provided a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2021 allowing women who are earning minimum wage the means to keep their families afloat. He also did not support SB1296, a bill that would have secured paid sick time for working and middle-class workers and SB981 which created a state-run insurance program so workers could take paid family medical leave.
The last piece of the puzzle will be HB40, a bill that safeguards and ensures access to legal and safe abortions in Illinois. HB40 not only repeals trigger language regarding abortion’s legality if Roe v. Wade is overturned, but would repeal provisions that currently limit healthcare options for women who work for the state government, receive their healthcare insurance through state policies, or receive Medicaid. While the Governor promised in writing during his campaign that he would support this exact type of bill, he has wavered in his support of women’s reproductive rights and may not sign the bill.