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This week State Representative David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) spoke on camera about the signing of two bills that will save Illinois taxpayers money. He admitted that there is still a great deal of work to be done in many key areas, but the signing of SB 3 and SB 8 are good examples of lawmakers and the Governor working together to solve problems for the people of Illinois.

Click here to watch the video.
Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law legislation that allows a family member of a fallen member of the Illinois National Guard to receive a State flag in honor of their loved one’s sacrifice. State Representative David S. Olsen served as the bill’s Chief Co-Sponsor.

“When a member of our military makes the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms we hold dear, they are deserving of the highest level of respect,” said Olsen. “By presenting the families of our fallen National Guardsmen and women with a State flag, we are letting families know we appreciate their loved one’s sacrifice and are grateful for their service.”

HB 2570, signed into law as Public Act 100-0069, provides that when a member of the Illinois National Guard dies while serving in duty or training statuses, the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air shall present the next of kin with an Illinois State flag.

The legislation was based upon a similar law passed in South Carolina, and received unanimous support in the House and Senate.
In response to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, today Springfield lawmakers stood united to condemn the behavior that led to the death of one individual and injuries to several others. HR 569 repudiates and condemns white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and any other group that espouses hate and seeks to undermine the ideals of Illinois and the nation. The resolution also condemns the acts of violence in Charlottesville as domestic terrorism. The resolution received unanimous support and every member of the House of Representatives was added as a co-sponsor of the measure.

State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) spoke during the floor discussion of the resolution about a vigil he attended in Naperville earlier in the week in response to the tragic events. Click here to watch his full floor comments.
Members of the House of Representatives left Springfield on Wednesday with no agreed path forward for funding Illinois’ 852 school districts for the 2017-2018 school year. Upon adjournment for the day, State Representative David S. Olsen issued the following statement:

“The political posturing that took place in Springfield today was in no one’s best interest, especially the families that are counting on us to do our jobs and fund their kids’ schools. We spent time on political theatre and on fake votes, but the truth is, both SB 1 and the Governor’s amendatory veto changes are both dead. Neither SB 1 nor the amendatory veto have the supermajority support needed to pass in the General Assembly. The ultimate school funding solution will be contained in a different piece of negotiated legislation.”

“The four legislative leaders are meeting on Friday to discuss a possible compromise that will allow state aid to flow to schools without further delay. The only real solution involves true compromise, and I am encouraged to know that the leaders are returning to the negotiation table. I hope their discussions bring agreement on a school funding plan that is fair and equitable for all K-12 students in Illinois.”
Legislation that removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of felony sex crimes against minors has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. Bill Co-Sponsor David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) hailed the signing of the bill as “a significant victory in the fight for child victims’ rights.”

“When a child is exploited through an act of sexual assault or abuse, there should not be any limitations that would hinder the prosecution of the perpetrator,” said Olsen. “Law enforcement must have every tool at their disposal, and lifting the statute of limitations for these heinous crimes removes a hurdle that has allowed some offenders to escape prosecution.”

SB 189, signed into law as Public Act 100-0080, provides that when the victim is under 18 years of age at the time of the offense, a prosecution for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or criminal sexual abuse may be commenced at any time. Under previous laws, many cases held a 10-year or 20-year statute of limitation for prosecution.

“Sexual predators should not be able to benefit from a loophole in the law, and I applaud the Illinois Attorney General for bringing the idea for this legislation to the General Assembly,” Olsen said. “The law represents a significant improvement to our criminal justice system.”

The provisions of the new law take effect immediately.
When State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) arrived in Springfield last year as the voice for the 81st District in DuPage and Will Counties, he said one of his top priorities was to usher through legislation that would save taxpayers money. Last week Governor Bruce Rauner signed an Olsen-authored bill into law that will do just that.

HB 2427, signed into law as PA 100-0056, is a recycling bill that will save townships- and taxpayers who fund township services, money. The bill amends the Township Code to allow for the recycling of brush, wood chips and leaves within unincorporated areas of a township. Whereas current law provides for the collection, transport and disposal of the materials gathered through land maintenance, there was no provision for recycling or delivery.

“Township highway departments regularly take down dead or diseased trees, or collect fallen branches, and that wood is processed into small chips,” said Olsen. “Many people like to use those woodchips as a landscaping or mulching material, but unfortunately, laws did not provide for the recycling of the material to businesses and residents for their use.”

According to Olsen, the amendment to the Township Code allows those serving at the township level to use their discretion when determining how to best dispose of tree waste. “In Downers Grove Township, the highway department was spending a significant percentage of its annual budget to dispose of wood chips and other similar waste material,” Olsen said. “Through this new law, which takes effect immediately, they will now be able to deliver the wood chips directly to facilities or residences for a much lower cost than what they were spending on disposal.”

Upon hearing of the bill’s signing, Downers Grove Township Highway Commissioner Lawrence “Andy” Anderson applauded Olsen and the General Assembly for approving the cost-saving measure. "I want to thank Representative Olsen, the General Assembly and the Governor for passing this legislation,” he said. “By working together we achieved a positive outcome that will save money for our township taxpayers and taxpayers across the state."

The signing of HB 2427 represents the first bill sponsored by Olsen that has become law in Illinois. Click here to listen to a radio interview about the signing of this legislation.
As more and more Illinoisans are fleeing the state due to the crushing tax burden, today State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in DuPage County as he signed into law a bill that makes it easier for units of government to consolidate or dissolve.

“What we are doing today will allow us to more effectively serve the people we represent,” said Olsen. “It is a great first step, and I look forward to continuing this bipartisan effort to make government more responsive and cost-effective for the citizens we represent.”

Illinois currently has more than 7,000 individual units of government, which is about 1,000 more units than any other state in the nation. SB03 helps reduce the number of units of government in three key ways:
  • Expands a successful DuPage County consolidation model statewide
  • Allows for the dissolution of coterminous townships
  • Provides townships with a process for consolidation
“There is not a day that goes by when I do not hear from a constituent who is desperate for property tax relief,” said Olsen, a co-sponsor of SB03. “By simplifying the process through which consolidation can occur, unnecessary or duplicative layers of government can be eliminated and the burden on taxpayers can be reduced.”

Many of the provisions included in SB03 were recommendations included in final report of the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force of 2015, which sought to remove obstacles to consolidation and provide clear and modernized standards for consolidation.

The provisions of SB 03 will take effect on January 1, 2018.