022713br0333WDEERFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison will ensure that the public and the press know when a company, political group or nonprofit is lobbying the government.

“Like it or not, lobbyists have become part of our political system,” the Deerfield Democrat said. “The people deserve to know which companies are trying to influence our laws and who they hire to do it.”

Current law requires lobbyists to disclose who hires them. However, there’s a loophole that many companies use to skirt the law. Companies will hire one person as their lobbyist, and then that person will subcontract out to others to do the actual work – sometimes as many as dozens of other people. Those subcontractors only have to list the person who hired them, not the company they are actually lobbying for.

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001Morrison-2013brDeerfield, IL – State Senator Julie Morrison has been appointed to the Illinois Council on Aging – the body charged with overseeing the activities of the state’s Department on Aging.

“As the Baby Boomers age, we’re going to need to focus more and more on the resources available to seniors,” the Deerfield Democrat said. “Seniors have special needs, and we need to do what we can to make sure that all people can live out their lives with comfort and dignity.”

The 31-member council is made up of appointed citizens and legislators. They review the Department on Aging’s long-term plans and annual fiscal reports. They are also charged with evaluating all of the state’s services for seniors and submitting their own independent report to the governor and legislature.

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030513br0306r“For me, this law is about turning a personal tragedy into an opportunity to protect other people. Last summer, my nephew was killed by a boater under the influence of drugs and alcohol. I’m doing everything I can to keep other families from experiencing our loss.”
-State Senator Julie Morrison

CHICAGO – Thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), families enjoying Illinois’ many lakes and rivers will have a little bit less to worry about next summer. The law targets reckless boaters who operate their craft under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“For me, this law is about turning a personal tragedy into an opportunity to protect other people,” Morrison said. “Last summer, my nephew was killed by a boater under the influence of drugs and alcohol. I’m doing everything I can to keep other families from experiencing our loss.”

Specifically, the law requires boaters who are involved in crashes resulting in serious injuries or death to submit to breathalyzer or chemical tests, much like suspected drunken drivers. If they refuse, the secretary of state will have the authority to suspend their driver’s licenses.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) issued the following statement after the General Assembly voted to override Governor Quinn’s veto of the legislation to authorize concealed carry in Illinois. Quinn rewrote the law to increase public safety protections.

“I’m disappointed that my colleagues in the General Assembly don’t care more about common-sense public safety measures to reduce gun violence,” said Morrison, who supported the governor’s proposed changes. “Guns and alcohol – any alcohol – are a recipe for disaster, and you can’t convince me that anyone needs more than one gun or more than 10 bullets for protection.

“I will keep fighting to keep guns out of our communities, away from our children and out of the hands of criminals.”

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