Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD – A plan passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) that would end the practice of local government officials using vehicle allowances to boost their future pension payments was signed into law on Friday by the governor.

“Taxpayers should not be expected to pay for an inflated pension for a mayor because they received a vehicle allowance,” Morrison said. “The practice of endlessly adding sweeteners to pension plans is one of the reasons so many pension funds are in poor fiscal health.”

While is it is not uncommon for local governmental officials to have access to taxpayer-purchased vehicles or receive vehicle allowances for use in conducting city business, several suburban officials have the ability of using their vehicle allowance perk to boost their pension payments when they retire.

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Morrison's plan to eliminate SAT transcript requirement signed into lawSPRINGFIELD – A proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) to no longer require SAT scores automatically be entered on a student’s transcript was signed into law over the weekend by the governor.

“For many students, the stress of taking a college entrance exam can be overwhelming and affect a score outcome,” Morrison said. “For students who may wish to retake a SAT exam, it’s important they have the flexibility to get their best results published in their transcript.”

The new law, which was contained in Senate Bill 757, eliminates the state requirement that SAT scores be automatically included in a student’s official transcript. The law allows school districts to determine whether to enter SAT scores on student transcripts automatically, at the request of parents or not at all. 

Senate Bill 757 passed the Senate without opposition on May 3 and takes effect immediately.

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Morrison's plan to simplify property tax appeals becomes lawSPRINGFIELD – A plan by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) to streamline the property tax assessment appeal process was signed into law today by the governor.

“The property tax assessment appeal process is often difficult to navigate for many homeowners,” Morrison said. “With property taxes continuing to be a financial burden for families, it is important we do everything we can to continue to make the appeals process more efficient.”

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SB3SPRINGFIELD – Two proposals championed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) that would eliminate restrictions on township consolidation efforts were signed into law today by the governor.

“Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of having the most units of local government of any state in the country,” Morrison said. “With the signing of these new laws, we are acknowledging that local government best operates when given the flexibility to increase efficiencies to taxpayers.”

Both new laws, contained in Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607, seek to ensure local government consolidation efforts are not stymied by outdated state restrictions.

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