STATEMENT FROM REP. FRAN HURLEY
November 2, 2017
Last week, the Illinois Legislature was in Veto Session to readdress bills that were vetoed by the governor. Several bills that I co-sponsored were amongst the the bills vetoed.
The governor vetoed House Bill 1905, a bill to create the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. The Act would prohibit local governments from enacting right-to-work laws. While I and many of my colleagues voted to override the veto, the bill failed to pass by one vote despite bi-partisan support. I strongly believe in ensuring the rights of workers who want to collectively bargain a livable wage through their unions and will continue to support legislation that aims to do so.
I have been working to protect our state's police officers, firefighters and first responders through my positions as chairman on the Police and First Responders Committee and co-chairman on the Fire and Emergency Services Committee. Recently, I backed House Bill 688 which allows for an active member of a downstate fire fund to transfer up to 6 years of accumulated service credit from a downstate police pension fund to a downstate fire pension fund that is located in the same municipality.. The bill also provides for an active firefighter to transfer up to a total of 10 years of Downstate Fire service to the Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (FABF) by paying the difference in amounts. The governor vetoed the bill, but the House voted to override the veto last week and the bill will head to the Senate next.
Finally, the Cook County beverage tax was repealed last month. Thanks to the efforts of everyone who called, emailed, and signed my petition to end the beverage tax!
If you have questions, please contact my constituent service office at 773-445-8128.
State Representative 35th District
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10400 S. Western Ave.
16033 S. 94th Ave.
3207 W. 111th St.
Increasing Transparency in Government - SB 3649
A recent report indicated that the administration has failed to submit billions of dollars in state bills for timely payment, leaving taxpayers on the hook for costly and unnecessary interest penalties. I co-sponsored a plan that would require state agencies to be more transparent and to give bills to the Comptroller promptly, however the governor vetoed the plan. During session last week, the House and Senate voted in a bi-partisan fashion to override the governor's veto and the bill will now become law.
Holding Insurance Companies Accountable - HB 302
The bill would require life insurance companies to evaluate lapsed or terminated policies to determine if the policyholder has died and if death benefits should have been paid to their families. The House voted bi-partisan to override the governor's veto. The motion to override now moves to the Senate. If the bill received the required 3/5 vote in the Senate, then House Bill 302 will become law.
Amending the Equal Pay Act - HB 2462
Women and minorities have historically been paid less. Basing their pay off of past salaries continues to distort the equity in which they should be compensated. House Bill 2462 would amend the Equal Pay Act and prohibit employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of gender; by paying wages less than that of another employee of the opposite gender for the same or substantially similar work. The House voted bi-partisan to override the governor's veto. In order for the bill to become law, the Senate will also need the required votes to override the veto.
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Updated November 2017
Saturday, November 11
Rep. Hurley & Sen. Cunningham's Shredding Event
Chicago School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 S. 111th St., Chicago
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
*2 box limit per vehicle
Friday, November 17
Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Village of Orland Hills
16033 S. 94th Ave., Orland Hills
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 18
Coffee and Conversation
15858 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 21
19th Ward Senior Thanksgiving Dinner
Chicago School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 S. 111th Street, Chicago
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 25
19th Ward Turkey Trot
Christ the King School
7:00 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, November 28
Taxpayer Federation of Illinois
and Center for Tax & Budget Accountability Event
Chicago Ridge Library
10400 S. Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge, 60415
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.