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This week in Springfield, State Representative David S. Olsen received nearly-unanimous support of a bill that eases the process through which Mosquito Abatement Districts may be dissolved in Illinois. SB 2543 allows mosquito abatement district boards, by a majority vote, to consolidate the abatement district into a municipality, township or county with agreement by the entity that would assume the mosquito abatement responsibilities. “With more than 7,000 individual units of government in our state, Illinois must look at ways to consolidate taxing districts so taxpayers can achieve tax relief,” said Olsen. “This is one small step that could generate some savings on tax bills.”
SPRINGFIELD…..As the deadline approaches for the passage of House and Senate Bills in the General Assembly, today State Representative David S. Olsen sent three additional pieces of legislation to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.
  • HB 5031: Removes a duplicative reporting requirement between state agencies and human service providers. It received unanimous House and Senate Support. 
  • SB 2658: Lengthens to three years (currently two years) the period of time during which a provisional educator endorsement for a service member or spouse is valid. It received unanimous support in the Senate and was approved in a 105-1 vote in the House. 
  • SB 2721: Streamlines the process of regulatory oversight and aligns the licensing process of financial technology (fintech) companies by entering Illinois into a newly-created interstate compact with Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. It received unanimous support in the House and Senate. 
“I am extremely proud to have received such wide, bipartisan support on these three bills,” said Olsen. “HB 5031 and SB 2758 amend our state statutes to improve processes, and SB 2721 streamlines licensing regulations for certain businesses in a way that will save them money.”

Governor Rauner is expected to sign all three bills into law in the upcoming weeks.
By a vote of 80-32-1, the House of Representatives today struck a balance between Second Amendment rights and improved public safety by approving a method by which family members or law enforcement can seek an emergency firearms restraining order to remove firearms from individuals posing an immediate threat to themselves and/or others.

“Lawmakers can no longer stand on the sidelines as instances of mass gun violence continue to occur in our schools and other open spaces,” said State Representative David S. Olsen, a co-sponsor of the bill. “We have a duty to do whatever we can to protect or children and other citizens from senseless gun violence, and I believe HB 2354 achieves the proper balance between Second Amendment rights for lawful citizens, and our need to respond to mass gun violence tragedies.”

Through HB 2354, family members or law enforcement who petition for an emergency order must show that the respondent poses an immediate and present danger of causing harm to themselves or others. If probable cause is established through a court hearing, the judge will enter an order that will allow the Illinois State Police (ISP) to suspend or revoke the Firearms Owner Identification card of the respondent and, if necessary, issuing a search warrant to remove any firearms from the person’s residence.

The respondent must be given a full hearing within 14 days, where it must be proven by strict clear and convincing evidence that the person is dangerous. If so, the emergency order is extended to a six-month order, which may be renewed on continued proof of danger. But if the allegations are not proven at the full hearing, the record of the case is expunged, so as not to do any harm to an innocent respondent. Strict penalties for perjury would also apply to those who would falsely swear out a petition for a firearms restraining order.

“I applaud the bipartisanship that was shown as this bill was negotiated and believe the end result could become a national model for sensible gun reform as it relates to mental health,” said Olsen. “I was proud to support the bill.”

HB 2354 now moves back to the Senate for reconsideration. If approved, it will be sent to the Governor for final action.
Don’t miss the Traveling World of Reptiles Show, Touch a Truck exhibits, interactive safety demonstrations and more at this year’s FREE Children’s Health & Safety Expo hosted by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), State Senator John F. Curran (R-Downers Grove) and State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) on Saturday, June 2 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at:
Lakeview Junior High School
701 Plainfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL

“This free event is great for both children and parents to learn about the newest tools and methods for safety in their homes as well as public places,” Durkin said. “The interactive children’s activities make it easy for kids to learn the importance of safety in their day to day lives.”

Admission is free. There will also be free giveaways at the event. Demonstrations at this year’s expo include: the Darien Police K-9 Unit (9:30 AM) and the Traveling World of Reptiles Show (10:00 AM), and Cierra School of Dance (11:30 AM). Also, the LIFESTAR Chicago medical helicopter will be at the school between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

Thirty “Touch-a-Trucks” will be at the Safety Expo, and kids are invited to see, touch and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle. Local professionals will be available to answer questions about the equipment and the work they do.

“We have an excellent roster of organizations that will be in attendance and available to provide useful resources and safety information for families, as well as fun and interactive activities for the kids,” said Curran. “Parents and their kids really look forward to the Children's Expo, so I'm excited to be a host this year.”

"This annual event draws a large crowd every year,” said Olsen. “Children and their families can visit the informational booths and learn about bicycle, fire and Internet safety, and also enjoy face painting and other family-friendly activities.”

Expo participants include Action Towing, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Air Methods – LIFESTAR, Cierra’s School of Dance, Commonwealth Edison, Darien Police Department, Darien Police K-9, Darien/Woodridge Fire Protection District, Downers Grove Highway Department, First Student, Illinois Association of Health, Physical Recreation/Dance, Juice Plus, Lemont Police Department, PACE, Reclaim 13, Social Security Administration, Sparkles Entertainment, The Arc of Illinois, True Balance Karate, West Suburban Community Pantry, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago, Attorney General, Secretary of State/Police, State Police, IDOT, DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk, Health Department, Highway Department, Homeland Security, Regional Office of Education, Sheriff, State’s Attorney, and the Villages/Cities of Darien, LaGrange, Western Springs, Willowbrook and Woodridge.

For more information, contact Leader Durkin’s office at (630) 325-2028, Senator Curran’s office at (630) 796-2623, or Rep. Olsen’s office at (630) 737-0504.
State Representative David S. Olsen has received unanimous House support on legislation that amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to clarify and strengthen the definition of “order of protection status” within the Act.

“The current Human Rights Act was enacted when there was only one type of order of protection in the statutes,” said Olsen. “Since the enactment of the Act, three new types of orders of protection have been created. This legislation simply expands the definition to include a person protected under the Protective Orders Article of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Stalking No Contact Order Act and the Civil No Contact Order Act. It is clean-up language to ensure there are no gaps in the Human Rights Act.”

The Human Rights Act defines unlawful discrimination as discrimination against a person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, order of protection status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service. The Act allows the state’s Human Rights Commission to enforce prohibitions on unlawful discrimination in employment, real estate, financial credit, and public accommodations.

SB 2826, which was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), received unanimous votes in the House and Senate and now moves to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action.
Legislation sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) and State Senator John F. Curran (R-Downers Grove) that provides consistency with regard to residency requirements for elected officials in Illinois has passed in the Illinois Senate and is headed to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.

HB 2222 puts in place a one-year residency requirement for library trustees and disqualifies from service any candidate convicted of a felony or who is delinquent in taxes or fees owed to the library district.

“Surprisingly, today’s Illinois Library Act contains very few qualifications for library trustees,” said Olsen. “Residency requirements and disqualification language for those convicted of felonies is common in other local government codes, and HB 2222 extends that language to also apply to those who wish to serve as a library trustee.”

Upon approval of the bill in the Senate, Sen. Curran said, “Residency requirements are an important component in local government, especially as these library districts balance critical services and the expenditure of local tax revenues,” said Curran.

If signed into law by Governor Rauner, the provisions of HB 2222 will apply beginning with candidates in the 2019 consolidated election.
Today in Springfield, Rep. David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) spoke on the House floor and urged Illinois Senators to approve HB 5139. The bill, for which Olsen serves as the Chief House Sponsor, was approved with wide, bipartisan support in the House, but has stalled in the Senate. Click on the image above to watch Olsen's floor comments about a bill he says will "help Illinois grow as a global business hub and center of tech innovation."