SPRINGFIELD– A measure introduced by State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) aimed at increasing waterway safety passed the Illinois Senate this week.  

The proposal mirrors current laws for drinking and driving on Illinois roads.  In cases that result in injury or death on Illinois waterways, if the operator of the motor boat refuses to submit to a breathalyzer or chemical test, the Secretary of State has the authority to suspend or revoke the operator's driver's license.

“Last summer my 10-year-old nephew was killed in a boating accident.  The man operating the boat was under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Morrison said.  “This is a necessary measure that promotes safety and deters reckless behavior on Illinois waterways. The possibility of losing one’s driver’s license will be a strong deterrent against drinking and driving irresponsibly on our lakes and rivers.”

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Morrison floorSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Senate passed a measure sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) to comply with federal standards with regards to early childhood intervention.

This measure must become law to ensure that Illinois is guaranteed $17.3 million in federal funding for early childhood intervention.

“This legislation brings us in line with federal standards and ensures that children have access to a vital program,” Morrison said.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) is sponsoring Senate Bill 1440 to protect the state's investment in the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), the nation's oldest poison center.

“Poison control centers help keep families safe," Morrison said.  “I am proud to support legislation that keeps these centers open in Illinois.”

The IPC, one of the busiest poison centers in the nation, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In 2012, the IPC handled nearly 82,000 calls from across the state, with close to 49% of those calls involving children five years of age and under. The IPC's expert staff comprised of specially-trained pharmacists, nurses and physicians provides free, confidential treatment advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) is seeking interns to work in her Deerfield district office.  There are currently two positions available.

“This is an excellent opportunity for young people interested in government to gain firsthand experience in public service,” Morrison said.

Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with Senator Morrison on issues affecting the district and the state.  Responsibilities include assisting in constituent services, conducting policy research, event planning, drafting correspondence and project development.  

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