A Springfield Scorecard for 2018
Our UUANI campaigns of Spring 2018 yielded some sweet victories and some disappointment.
We joined our efforts with UU Prison Ministry of Illinois and Community Renewal Society of Chicago to support legislation that promoted restorative justice. Two bills passed both houses and were signed into law by Governor Rauner:
• SB3388 Adult Redeploy Act expands the availability to probation-eligible people of support services such as counseling, life coaching, problem-solving courts, and other restorative justice processes.
• HB5341 "Fair Access to Employment (F.A.T.E.)" provides that outstanding fees, fines, and court costs cannot stand in the way of determining whether someone can have their criminal record sealed.
And one bill was passed by both houses, but vetoed (amendatory) by Governor Rauner:
• HB4469 "Know your rights" affirms access to voting rights for pre-trial and post-incarceration people. The Governor objected to being the first state to install voting booths in jails.
We joined our efforts with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to support legislation promoting the safety and welfare of undocumented people.
• SB3488 Anti-registry Act -- Provides that agencies may not create registry lists based on discriminatory characteristics such as national origin, religion, disability, race, color, gender identity, immigration status.
• SB3109 Professional licensing may be awarded regardless of immigrant or citizenship status
• SB35: Immigration Safe Zones -- Provides that public buildings and agencies funded by state taxes be declared areas safe for all people regardless of immigration status.
• SB34 Voices Act -- Requires law enforcement to provide visas to qualifying individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking or other criminal activity without requiring them to jeopardize their safety as undocumented people.
• SB3103 Immigrant tenant protection. Tenants rights for undocumented people.
In these bills, Governor Rauner felt that the legislation violated federal law by attempting to supercede it.
One victory, and one on hold:
• HB2354 "Red flag" Firearms Restraining Order -- Allows a citizen to register a lethal restraining order mandating that a citizen demonstrating real and present danger to a community be denied purchase or ownership of firearms.
• SB337 Gun Dealer Licensing, now Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking, Passed both houses, but is being held away from the Governor's desk.
None of our environment bills achieved traction, but with a change in representation come November, this may change.
Next step: Voter engagement -- promote voter registration and get out the vote!