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Lawmakers Return to Springfield for Fall Veto Session
After spending the last few months in our home districts, lawmakers will return to Springfield next week from October 24-26 and then again from November 7-9 to take action on pieces of legislation that received either an amendatory (partial) or full veto during this year’s spring legislative session. During the veto session, legislators can agree with a full or partial veto, or we can override it. Not all bills that receive a gubernatorial veto are brought back for reconsideration. A full list of bills that may be brought back for reconsideration appears at the end of the newsletter. 

There are also some pieces of new legislation that may be considered during the six-day fall veto session, including HB 4114, a bill I am co-sponsoring which would create the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” When HB 40 was signed a few weeks ago, it put Illinois taxpayers on the hook to pay for an open-ended number of abortions each year. HB 4114 would reverse key provisions of HB 40 by prohibiting units of government from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions. I believe it is unconscionable to force pro-life residents to fund the taking of innocent life that harms the individuals involved as well as society as a whole. Furthermore, the state is in no position to absorb additional tens of millions in Medicaid costs.

HB 4114 is seeking to put Illinois back in line with longstanding federal statutes on this issue. The legislation is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for procedures sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Identical legislation is also pending in the Senate as SB 2241.

Again, a full list of vetoed bills appears at the end of this newsletter. If you have an opinion about a bill that received a veto this year, please share your comments with me so I can keep your opinion in mind if the bill is brought to the floor of the House for reconsideration.

Representative Tom Morrison to Host Mobile Office Hours at Rolling Meadows Public Library
Thank you to the individuals who came out to my recent mobile office hours in Hoffman Estates. I will be hosting a second mobile office hours event at the Rolling Meadows Public Library on Monday, October 30th. A member of my staff and I will be available from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the library, located at 3110 Martin Lane in Rolling Meadows. In addition to being available for short one-on-one conversations with constituents, we will be available to help residents with their concerns and issues involving state agencies and programs. Appointments are encouraged, so please call my office at (847) 202-6584 if you would like to meet with me on October 30th in Rolling Meadows.

Rep. Morrison Participates in Principal for a Day Program
Earlier this month I had an opportunity to participate in the "Principal for a Day" program which is hosted each year by the Illinois Principals Association. This year I visited St. Thomas of Villanova School in Palatine and Carl Sandburg Junior High School in Rolling Meadows. 
From giving the morning announcements, to speaking in 7th and 8th grade social studies classes, to meeting hospitable and talented teachers and administrators, it was great to get an inside look into the workings of these dynamic local schools.

This marks the sixth year I have participated in this program, and as a former school teacher I always enjoy going back into the classroom so that I can talk with students about government. The conversations I’m able to have with teachers are also very beneficial. It is a great opportunity to build important relationships while connecting with an crucial part of my constituency.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Every year in October we acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois. 

The following statistics illustrate the severity of the issue:
  • Domestic violence affects one in three women and one in five men
  • Domestic violence takes lives: innocents and bystanders
  • Domestic violence has been found in the background of perpetrators in an estimated 56 percent of mass killings
  • Domestic violence ruins lives and creates traumatic after-effects that can last a lifetime, such as mental and physical illness, drug abuse and early mortality
In this region there are shelters available for those who need to escape a domestic violence situation. Visit https://www.womenshelters.org to find shelters in the suburban Cook County area.

Full List of Vetoed Bills
The following bills were vetoed by the Governor and may be brought back for reconsideration during this year’s fall veto session:
  • HB 302: Unclaimed life insurance benefits (Amendatory)
  • HB 348: Changes in publication of a constitutional amendment (Amendatory)
  • HB 688: Firefighter/police pension transfer service credit (Full)
  • HB 732: Residential roofing repairs (Full)
  • HB 1797: Equal Pay (Full)
  • HB 2462: Workers Compensation (Full)
  • HB 2567: Creates Automobile Dealers' License Task Force (Full)
  • HB 2622: Creates a state-sponsored workers’ compensation insurance company (Full)
  • HB 2778: Fire protection district to annex under ETS (Full)
  • HB 2977: Cursive writing mandate (Full)
  • HB 3004: RTA Bonds (Amendatory)
  • HB 3143: Adds teen treatment providers to the Prompt Payment Act (Full)
  • HB 3167: DHS childhood workforce study (Full)
  • HB 3211: SNAP benefits to college students (Amendatory)
  • HB 3216: Place additional requirements on third-party contracting by the State (Full)
  • HB 3298: Reimbursement of the substitute teacher licensure fee (Full)
  • HB 3376: DHS personal assistant hours limitation (Full)
  • HB 3419: Prohibits expatriate entities from doing business with the State (Full)
  • HB 3449: Geolocation (Full)
  • HB 3649: State agency financial reports to the Comptroller (Full)
  • HB 3745: Requires a school board to permit community groups to advertise events and after-school programs (Full)
  • HB 3897: Trampoline regulation (Full)
  • SB 41: Allows municipalities to assign, sell, or transfer their interest in funds received from the State (Full)
  • SB 81: Minimum Wage (Full)
  • SB 315: FOID for purchase of explosives (Full)
  • SB 321: Auditor General shall initiate a performance audit of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Full)
  • SB 326: Interior Design regulation (Amendatory)
  • SB 419: Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code (Full)
  • SB 669: Elect Lake Co. Board Chair (Full)
  • SB 789: Expands the authorized uses of motor fuel tax funds (Full)
  • SB 910: County board redistricting based on minority status (Full)
  • SB 1351: Student loan servicing rights Act: (Full)
  • SB 1353: Personal Needs Allowance increase (Full)
  • SB 1446: Changes to the Procurement Code (Full)
  • SB 1462: Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program (Amendatory)
  • SB 1714: Reporting requirements for consultants retained by retirement system, pension fund, or investment boards (Full)
  • SB 1720: Failure to pay wages a Class 4 felony instead of a misdemeanor (Full)
  • SB 1905: Collective bargaining (Full)
As always, please do not ever hesitate to call me or write to me about issues that are important to you. You may reach my Palatine District office at (847) 202-6584 or email me by going to www.repmorrison54.com and clicking on the “Contact” button.
State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) will be hosting mobile office hours at the Rolling Meadows Public Library on Monday, October 30.

Morrison and a member of his staff will be available from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the library, located at 3110 Martin Lane in Rolling Meadows. In addition to making himself available for short one-on-one conversations with constituents, Morrison and his staff will be available to help residents with their concerns and issues involving state agencies and programs.

“By hosting mobile office hours in the various communities located within the 54th District, my constituents have easy access to their representative voice in Springfield,” said Morison. “I enjoy meeting the people who live in the district and learning about their concerns and priorities.”

While appointments are not required, they are encouraged. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call Morrison’s office at (847) 202-6584 or visit www.repmorrison54.com.
In response to the recent signing of HB 40, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers who want to roll back provisions that would allow for taxpayer-funded elective abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.

This week Morrison signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 4114, which would create the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The bill would reverse key provisions of HB 40 by prohibiting units of government from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions. “When HB 40 was signed, it put Illinois taxpayers on the hook to pay for an open-ended number of abortions each year,” said Morrison. “It is unconscionable to force pro-life residents to fund the taking of innocent life that harms the individuals involved as well as society as a whole. Furthermore, the state is in no position to absorb another tens of millions in Medicaid costs.”

HB 4114 is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for procedures sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. “This new bill is seeking to put Illinois back in line with longstanding federal statutes on this issue,” Morrison added. “HB 4114 recognizes the federal exceptions and respects them.”

Identical legislation was also filed in the Senate this week as SB 2241, and the sponsors and co-sponsors of both bills will be pressing for full debate and floor votes on the bills during the upcoming fall veto session, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 24 in Springfield.
Today the Cook County Board’s Finance Committee voted to recommend a full repeal of the once cent per ounce sweetened beverage tax that was enacted just a few months ago. In response to the committee vote today, Suburban Cook County State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:


“The public outcry against this tax began the day it was approved and only grew in intensity. Taxpayers are tired of continually being asked to pay more taxes and today their voices were heard. Presuming the full Cook County Board votes tomorrow to repeal the tax, as of December 1 Cook County residents will no longer be penalized for purchasing sweetened beverages.

“I recently surveyed my constituents in the 54th Legislative House District, and of the 269 individuals who responded to the survey, all but two expressed their strong opposition to the Cook County sweetened beverage tax. It was a clear indication that taxpayers are tired of tax increases. They want us to fix our fiscal problems without raising additional taxes.

“Once that tax was implemented, people didn’t just shop for their soda and other sweetened beverages in other counties, they took all of the shopping money to other counties. Sales tax revenue that would have traditionally come to Cook County through the regular purchase of groceries and other items was being sent to surrounding counties. The tax was a failure on many levels.”
Nearly every respondent to a recent survey offered by State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) about the Cook County sweetened beverage tax has expressed their opposition to the new tax.

Morrison has been a vocal opponent to the tax and recently offered his constituents an opportunity to participate in a survey to gauge the popularity of the sweetened beverage tax. “People are very unhappy about this latest attempt by Cook County to take additional money out of the pockets of people who live there,” said Morrison. “I had 269 responses to my survey, and all but two expressed their opposition to the tax. It’s an overwhelming mandate that the tax be repealed.”

According to Morrison, Cook County Commissioners have felt mounting pressure since the implementation of the tax a few months ago, and it appears many who originally supported the tax are now responding to the public pressure to repeal it. “The Cook County Board Finance Committee is voting today to recommend the repeal of the tax and the full board could take final action to repeal it as soon as Wednesday, October 11,” Morrison said. “A full repeal is the appropriate course of action and would result in the removal of the one cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages as of December 1 of this year.”
Governor Bruce Rauner today signed legislation (HB 40) allowing for state funding of all abortions regardless of the reason, a move State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) calls unconscionable and the ultimate betrayal of trust of the majority of Illinois citizens who oppose the destruction of unborn children at taxpayers expense.

“Governor Bruce Rauner gave us his word in the Spring that he would veto this legislation if it were sent to him,” Morrison said. “In the last several weeks, as he indicated a reconsideration of that position, Republican legislators and allies offered to accept an Amendatory Veto, but he rejected those ideas. If this legislation is really about the right to choose – then what about my constituents who deserve to have the right to choose not to have their tax dollars used to fund the killing of unborn children? This is a tragic day for Illinois.”

Federal Law as written in the Hyde Amendment clearly prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. Illinois law only allows taxpayer funding for abortions in the event the life or the health of the mother is threatened or the mother is raped. House Bill 40 changes all of this and allows taxpayer funding of abortion services for ANY reason.

“There is no reason for taxpayers to have to pay for abortions regardless of the reasons the abortion is being performed,” Morrison said. “I condemn the Governor’s actions today in the strongest possible terms.”