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During the final week of the spring legislative session in Springfield, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) sat down with Paul Lisnek of WTTW television to discuss legislation he passed this year that ensure drivers of electric or hybrid cars are paying their fair share to help maintain Illinois roads.

Click here to watch the Comcast Newsmaker interview.
This week State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) joined State Representatives David McSweeney (R- Barrington Hills), Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) and Ron Martwick (D-Chicago) on Chicago Tonight to discuss the ongoing budget impasse and how rank and file lawmakers might come together to create a compromise budget.

Click here to watch the Chicago Tonight interview.
The end of the 2017 regular legislative session came and went on Wednesday, May 31 with no agreement on a balanced budget. We remained on the floor of the House until late in the evening, hopeful that bipartisanship and reason would prevail. But as the night progressed, similar to the days that led up to May 31, most of the bills brought to us for votes were politically-motivated bills that had nothing at all to do with moving our state forward. After session was recessed to the call of the chair, Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) spoke on camera about his disappointment in the failure of the legislature to send a balanced budget to the Governor. You can watch that interview here.
State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) recently sat down and talked about the recent Senate action on a series of "Grand Bargain" bills that would raise income and service taxes without including any reforms that would grow jobs or improve the Illinois economy. Morrison said lawmakers must enact structural reforms that continue to drive the need for tax increases. You can watch Rep. Morrison's video here.
Today in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved HB 1785, a measure that would allow individuals to change the sex listed on their birth certificate in cases where gender reassignment surgery has not occurred. In response to the 63-43-1 vote, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issues the following statement:

“Softening the standard for changing one's birth certificate sex designation is a very controversial concept. Gender identity theory is very recent and far from universally agreed upon by medical and mental health professionals. I do not believe legislators have a clear understanding of the far-reaching negative consequences that are likely to result from this bill.”

“I believe the bill is not well-thought out, and if signed into law it would have significant unintended consequences--for the individuals (including children) who are seeking the change and society as a whole."

"Birth certificates are historical documents that certify an objective fact about humans that was identified at their births and never changes. Neither birth certificates nor doctors designate or assign 'gender markers.' They identify sexes."
Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) recently visited with two 8th Grade students from Walter R. Sundling Junior High School in Palatine, who were at the Capitol showcasing a project for Tech Day 2017. The students' display focused on how Community Consolidated School District 15 utilizes a "Four C's" model to integrate technology into modern learning for students.

You can watch a video about their project here.
Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed HB 40, a bill which will fund abortions with taxpayer funds for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. When this bill was presented in the House of Representatives on April 25, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) spoke in strong opposition. Because this bill is now on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action, he is encouraging all Illinoisans who feel public taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortion services beyond what we already cover (life and health of the mother, rape, and incest), to contact the Governor's office at this link and encourage him to stay true to his promise to veto this costly and controversial bill.

You can watch Rep. Morrison's comments in strong opposition to HB 40 during his April 25 testimony here.