Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingState Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on today’s school funding vote:

“Today I voted to provide adequate and equitable school funding for all districts in the state. Though I am disheartened that the governor inserted last-minute ideas into legislation that has been debated for years, this measure needed support from both sides of the aisle to pass. Ultimately, a price tag of $75 million for a five-year pilot program for private school scholarships was worth it to fix our broken school funding system.”

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Under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago), victims of certain child sex crimes will now have until they are 43-years-old to prosecute the transgression. Previously, victims of child sex crimes only had until they turned 19 to bring charges.

“It can take years for victims of child sex crimes to process what happened to them and decide if they want to press charges,” Mulroe said. “This new law gives victims 25 years from when they turn 18 to make that decision.”

Senate Bill 1842 applies to victims of involuntary servitude, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and trafficking in persons.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 100 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Illinois in 2017.

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Senator Mulroe discusses legislation to reduce premature births on the Senate floor

Legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) that works to increase the rate of infants carried to term was recently signed into law. Senate Bill 317 allows pharmacists to administer progesterone injections, a hormone used to decrease the risk of preterm birth, to women who have a history of delivering prematurely.

“I sponsored this legislation to improve health outcomes by decreasing barriers to care,” Mulroe said. “Over 10 percent of children in Illinois are born prematurely. Something had to be done to lower that rate.”

According to the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate in Illinois was 9.1 percent for Asian and Hispanic women, 9.4 percent for white women, and 13.6 percent for African American women in 2016. Preterm birth can cause cerebral palsy, developmental delays and vision issues, among other problems.

“It can be difficult for pregnant women to get to the doctor each week for a progesterone shot, especially if they have to travel” Mulroe said. “By allowing pharmacists to administer this medication, I hope that more women will be able to complete the regimen.”

A progesterone regimen requires pregnant women to receive a weekly shot for 20 weeks. Senate Bill 317 includes public safety precautions such as ensuring the patient has a valid prescription, notifying the physician and confirming that the pharmacist is properly trained before administering the medication.

In addition to Senate Bill 317, the governor also signed the following Mulroe-sponsored legislation into law:

  • House Bill 2957 which allows patients with chronic conditions who take two or more medications to synchronize their prescriptions such that all medications are dispensed and picked-up at the same time.
  • House Bill 3106 which consolidates security functions within the Supreme Court Marshal’s Office and provides that Illinois Supreme Court Marshals are peace officers and have the same powers as police officers and sheriffs.
  • House Bill 3874  which clarifies that no person shall operate, register or maintain registration of a motor vehicle anywhere in Illinois, including on private property, unless the vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy.  
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04252017CM1078SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to improve public safety and address other issues that passed in the Legislature with broad bipartisan support was signed into law by the governor Friday.

Senate Bill 1343 establishes continuing education standards for probation officers and expands access to training programs, with the goal of better preparing them for the range of issues they encounter on the job.

“These officers have challenging but incredibly important careers helping adults and children find success during their probation and rehabilitation,” Mulroe said.

“The complex situations they deal with, such as addressing the mental health needs of children, and the skills required to do their job are constantly evolving, making continuing education a vital part of their professional development.”

The governor also signed the following Mulroe-sponsored legislation into law:

  • Senate Bill 1946 – allows insurance companies and salvage dealers to obtain a junk or salvage car title through the secretary of state in certain cases.
  • Senate Bill 1834 – exempts third-party contractors from the requirement for re-possessors to register as repossession agents.
  •  Senate Bill 1297 – provides that the Federal Home Loan Bank will not be subject to a stay or prohibited from collecting collateral pledged by an insurance company member who becomes subject to an insolvency proceeding.
  • Senate Bill 883 – allows children born within 36 months of the death of a parent to inherit from the deceased parent if the mature sex cells of the deceased are preserved and the child was born with the decedent's consent.
  • House Bill 2499 – allows tollway vehicles weighing 9,000 pounds or more to use red or white oscillating or flashing lights and adds them to the definition of authorized emergency vehicle.
  • House Bill 2585 – provides that if there is not a newspaper in an area, then public notices required by law may be published in a secular newspaper that has general circulation within the unit of local government or school district.

Mulroe said he appreciates the bipartisan support his legislation earned during a time when it seems like partisanship has overtaken Springfield.

“Working across party lines is the foundation of our democracy,” he said. “I am proud to have sponsored so many bills that received strong support from Republicans and Democrats, as well as the governor’s signature.”

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