Happy belated Mother’s Day! I hope your weekend was filled with celebration and appreciation of the moms and motherly figures within your lives! My family and I enjoyed spending time together this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day as well. Thank you to all the moms and motherly figures within our community; we appreciate all that you do!
I want to provide a brief update on the Vehicle CD - Trailer Weight Tax Bill (HB36). While the Vehicle CD - Trailer Weight Tax Bill (HB36) was not moved out of the Rules Committee and is not receiving a vote in the House, I am working to include the decrease in the trailer fee within this year’s budget. I voted against the original increase in the 2019 budget. Decreasing the trailer fee in this year’s budget is important to me, as it is a burden on our families and small businesses. Other important legislation are the following Senate bills that I sponsor in the House: the Dental Practice - Teledentistry Bill (SB335), the Redacted Certificate of Birth Bill (SB336), the Clerks of Courts - Payments Bill (SB642), and the EPA - Power Plant Demolition Bill (SB 1920). More information on these bills is later within the newsletter.
If you have any questions regarding legislation mentioned within this newsletter or past newsletters, please attend our extended office hours. We can also discuss upcoming events that our office is hosting or any other questions you may have. Extended office hours will be held at our district office, located at 2105 Vandalia St. Unit #16, Collinsville, IL 62234, from 5:00 - 7:00 on Thursday, May 20th.
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Appointments are still open for vaccines in Madison County and St. Clair County. Walk-ins are an option for the vaccines. Anyone 16 and older qualifies for the vaccine; however, 16 and 17 year-olds only qualify for Pfizer. It is important that residents are getting vaccinated to prevent the spread. If you do not have access to a computer, call 618-650-8445. Testing is still offered in both St. Clair and Madison County.
What should I bring to my vaccine appointment?
If you have been vaccinated, congratulations! Here are some guidelines for how to remain safe. Additionally, you can click here for more information on the risk levels of specific activities for those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
Peanut Butter Collection for the SIUE Cougar Cupboard Pantry
Recently, I dropped off all of the donations my office collected for the SIUE Cougar Cupboard. Please continue to donate other nonperishable food items and hygiene products. Click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you to all who donated!
Please continue to donate and help those within our community!
On May 17 from 6- 7 p.m., I will be hosting a Healthcare Virtual Advisory Committee. I will provide an update on current legislation and listen to your thoughts on ways to expand access to quality health care and reduce costs. Click here for the Zoom link.
Coffee with Katie
On Monday, May 10th I will be hosting another Coffee with Katie. It will be held from 10:00 - 11:00AM on Zoom. During this hour I will give an update on recent work and discuss any state or local issue that matters most to you. Here is the Zoom link: Coffee with Katie.
As I mentioned earlier, I am the House sponsor for a few Senate bills that have recently passed the other chamber. These bills are primarily technical in nature. The Dental Practice - Teledentistry Bill (SB335), an amendment to the Illinois Dental Practice Act, adds “dental anesthesiology” to the formal list of branches of dentistry, changes the reference of “both parts” of the National Board of Dentistry Examination to the “integrated” National Board, and adds the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments to the list of regional testing services authorized to license dentists. An amendment to the Clerks of Courts Act, the Clerks of Courts - Payments Bill (SB642), allows the clerk of court to accept certified checks for payments of fines, penalties, or costs. The Redacted Certificate of Birth Bill (SB336) allows people to request their birth certificates with the name of the certifier redacted upon request. The EPA - Power Plant Demolition Bill (SB 1920), an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act, requires the owners of coal-fueled power plants to notify both the public and the Environmental Protection Agency 60 days in advance of demolition.
Currently, the Governor’s Consumer’s and Climate First Act is being considered within the House. This legislation focuses on the transition to clean energy by 2050. It also includes several shorter term goals, such as eliminating coal-based power and having 1,000,000 electric cars in Illinois, each by 2030. This will then create more environmentally friendly power and jobs in Illinois. Two prime examples of its impact are in its effect on biodiesel production jobs in the Metro-East and its reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Additionally, the Clean Energy Jobs Bill (HB3624) involved reducing emissions, promoting renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and reducing carbon pollution related to transportation. It was created with the end goal of creating 100% reliance on renewable energy. While this bill died in the 101st General Assembly, a similar bill is currently being developed. Each of these bills are comprehensive and encompass many of the climate goals previously mentioned. There will be negotiations before either bill receives a vote on the House floor.
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District Office: 2105 Vandalia St. Unit #16, Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: (618) 365-6650
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