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December 1, 2022
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VETO Session Ends with More Taxes and Illinoisans Still Threatened by Pro-Criminal SAFE-T Act
Shelbyville, Illinois–Today marked the last day of VETO session in Springfield. A handful of bills were debated and passed including changes to the unemployment insurance (UI) fund and adjustments to the SAFE-T Act.
an “Agreed Bill” process where both employers and labor worked together on the changes in statute. The bill will require rate hikes on employers and the state to pay back to the federal government the remaining $1.363 billion loan of the $4.5 billion Illinois borrowed to cover unemployment expenses related to the COVID lockdowns. Models predict employers will save an estimated $913 million with the agreement instead of not doing anything. Benefits will remain at the same level.
The SAFE-T Act changes were minor, including the allowance of detention in some instances of trespassing and giving prosecutors more flexibility in bringing certain cases to trial. Important substantive changes related to cashless bail, anonymous complaints on police officers, compelling victims to testify in detention hearings and lessening penalties for repeat offenders which were in the original bill were not considered.
State Representative Brad Halbrook responded, “Once again, the answer to a problem the state created was to tax businesses more. I voted against the “Agreed” bill that will raise rates on employers to fix a problem created by the Pritzker administration. As regards the minor changes to the SAFE-T Act, criminals will remain having more consideration in the judicial system than the public, victims seeking justice will be exposed to additional harm as they can be forced to testify in detention hearings and Illinoisans’ safety will recede as dangerous criminals are released pending trial. To further insult law-abiding citizens, Democrats introduced legislation to give felons in jail the right to vote.”
To book State Representative Brad Halbrook for an interview, contact his office at 217-774-1306.
No Republicans Voted For The SAFE-T Act
Illinois Democrats are blowing off their responsibility to revisit the details of the law thereby ignoring the devastating consequences it will unleash. As it stands currently, the SAFE-T Act is an affront to public safety, the legislative process and our communities as a whole.
One aspect of the Act has already been instituted in Chicago and Cook County and has been wreaking havoc since 2017. It allows defendants released to electronic monitoring (EM) two weekly furloughs plus 48-hours of ‘free roaming’. These defendants are going off the rails. Soon this chaos will be spreading across all of Illinois if the SAFE-T Act is not entirely rejected or profoundly reformed.
Step Right Up, Folks!
On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker announced how he plans to repay the remaining unemployment debt Illinois owes the federal government. In reality, Illinois has been fiscally derelict while simultaneously handing out election year goodies, being one of only four states that still hasn’t fully repaid its loan.
The Consent Calendar allows the Illinois House leadership to bundle hundreds of bills together and pass them with a single roll call vote. The Illinois Freedom Caucus is calling for an end to this. While the list of bills is comprised mostly of ceremonial legislation, more substantive legislation that is included can be easily overlooked. Also, the process to remove an objectionable bill from the lengthy list is nearly impossible.
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Government unions are a powerful political force in Illinois, but the unions themselves wrote the laws that require them to represent ALL workers.
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