- Immigrant Rights/HB836: Drafted a measure to improve protections for immigrant children. Beginning July 2019, parents may utilize a streamlined process to designate a legal guardian for their children ensuring that kids are cared for by someone they know and trust if a parent is detained, deported or otherwise separated from their children by immigration enforcement.
- Immigrant Rights/HB1553: Aligns Illinois law with federal law enabling immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment or neglect to apply for a Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa.
- Immigrant Rights/SB1429 and SB1610. Two new laws ensure due process and equal protection for immigrants consistent with both the US Constitution and Illinois Trust Act. SB1429 establishes that evidence of immigration status is inadmissible in a civil proceeding unless essential to prove an element of a claim; SB1610 allows defendants to withdraw a guilty plea if they were not advised of the immigration consequences of that plea as constitutionally required at the time of the plea.
- Reproductive Healthcare Act/SB25: Protects women’s right to reproductive healthcare including access to abortion services consistent with existing law under Roe v. Wade.
- Healthcare Coverage/HB3435, HB3113, and SB162: Several bills require that insurers cover the reasonable costs of preventative care or treatment, specifically EpiPens (HB3435), screenings for skin cancer (HB3113) and diagnostic mammograms (SB162).
- Healthcare Education/HB3097:Creates an education program for medical professionals to provide unbiased, objective information on pharmaceuticals.
- Healthcare Tobacco 21/HB345: Prohibits the purchase by, or sale to, persons under 21 (up from 18) of any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product.
- Education/HB2691: Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Act (RISE Act) affirms Illinois’s commitment to equity in access to higher education. Lifts Monetary Award Program (MAP) caps and provides that Illinois resident students ineligible for federal financial aid, including transgender and DACA students, are eligible for student aid funded or administered by the state or public universities or colleges.
- Environment/SB1847: Requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to provide notice to the district’s State Senator and State Representative when a new facility that requires an air pollution permit is proposed enabling citizens to provide feedback.
- Consumer Protection/SB1624: Requires companies that experience a data breach that impacts at least 500 Illinois residents to report to the Attorney General, who must report to the General Assembly (GA).
- Consumer Protection and Healthcare/HB465: Creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for pharmacy benefit manager (PBM’s), protects consumers entering the emergency room from being denied coverage and requires health care to apply third-party payments, discounts and vouchers.
- Labor/Workplace Protection/SB161: Safeguards workers by establishing the Worker Protection Unit within the Office of the Attorney General.
- Equal Pay – No Salary History/HB834: Prohibits employers from requiring or requesting an applicants salary history directly or from previous employers to promote equal pay for substantially similar work.
- Workplace Harassment Prevention/SB75: Ground-breaking legislation that places new restrictions and requirements on Illinois employers to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Among other things, it prohibits the use of non-disclosure clauses in employment contracts that restrict employees reporting of unlawful workplace harassment. Employers are now required to hold annual sexual harassment training and make certain disclosures to the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).
Join us this Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Wilmette Public Library – 1242 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette at 11:00 am as Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Laura Fine, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and I welcome Marilyn Sanders, the Chicago Regional Director from the U.S. Census Bureau for a community conversation on the 2020 Census.
Rep. Gong-Gershowitz has a deep commitment to reproductive rights and women’s health. Recently she took part in a community discussion sponsored by the North/Northwest Chapters of the National Organization for Women in Glenview. Following a showing of the documentary Reversing Roe, the representative took the opportunity to detail what it takes to preserve reproductive rights at the state level, and what she and other legislators have accomplished in Springfield.
Rep.Gong-Gershowitz participated in a Town Hall meeting with other legislators January 21 at the Northbrook Public Library. Over 100 citizens attended and asked questions on topics ranging from property tax relief and pension reform to ensuring access to mental health services. Rep. Gong-Gershowitz previewed legislation that she is working to pass this session, including the Clean Energy Jobs Act and additions to the recently enacted Reproductive Health Act.