Legislative Update: August 20, 2018

New Law Authorizes Police to Take Action to Protect Pets
During the extreme heat of summer, we all need to be especially careful about keeping our pets safe. SB 2270, which became law this month as Public Act 100-0740, authorizes law enforcement to take temporary custody of a dog or cat if the companion animal is exposed to extreme temperature conditions for a prolonged period of time. The new law is worded so as to apply not only to companion animals trapped in motor vehicles, but also to animals forced to stay outdoors in conditions of extreme cold. I am a Chief House Co-Sponsor of this new law.

I have a second bill, HB 4191, that seeks to provide limited legal immunity to citizen Good Samaritans who forcibly remove a pet from a locked vehicle during periods of extreme weather. The bill passed with wide, bipartisan support in the House, but stalled in the Senate. The following states have “Good Samaritan-hot car” laws that provide civil immunity, criminal immunity, or both to private citizens who break into a vehicle to rescue an animal: California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Similar bills are pending in Alabama, Arizona and Oregon. It is my hope that my HB 4191 will be approved by the Senate during the November veto session.

Children Return to Classrooms for 2018-2019 School Year
Buses are back in our neighborhoods and children from throughout the 81st District started returning to school this week. Last Tuesday, I joined members of the Downers Grove Lions Club as we welcomed new teachers joining the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 and Community High School District 99 at the Lions’ 93rd Annual New Teacher Luncheon. Thank you to these new teachers for stepping up to serve students in our community! Best of luck for a successful school year! 

Take My Survey!
By now, residents of the 81st District should have received my 2018 End of Session Report. This mailing included a comprehensive look at legislation of interest during the 2018 session year. The report also included a brief survey. In addition to sending the survey through the mail as part of my annual report, I have also posted it to my web site. I hope to receive wide participation by the residents of the 81st District. This year’s survey includes six multiple choice questions and an area for an open-ended response. Please take a few minutes to share your input. You can click here to get started. 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Community Outreach Events
Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events in the 81st District: 
  • Thursday, August 23: Environmental Town Hall, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Indian Prairie Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien (please RSVP at www.ilenviro.org/darien
  • Tuesday, August 28: Mobile Office Hours, 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge 
  • Thursday, September 20: Senior Fair with Downers Grove Park District, 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Ave, Downers Grove 
Governor Signs Olsen Bill that Addresses Teacher Shortage
On “Kids Day” at the Illinois State Fair, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill of mine that addresses Illinois’ teacher shortage while removing barriers that can make it difficult for service members and their spouses to teach in Illinois schools. 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. This new law helps ensure we have quality teachers in our classrooms. It also works to make certain that when our service members and their spouses return to civilian life and the workforce, meaningful employment is within reach. The provisions of the new law take effect in September of this year. 

Olsen Celebrates India Day in Naperville
Earlier this month I was able to attend the India Day celebration in Naperville. A large group gathered at Knoch Park to celebrate Indian heritage and culture at one of the largest Indian-American festivals in the United States. The celebration included a parade, musical performances, food, and a variety of other entertainment. Governor Bruce Rauner was also present to honor the contributions of Indian-Americans in Illinois. 

Bicentennial Commission Announces Plans for August 26 Constitution Day
On August 26, 1818, Illinois adopted its first state Constitution. This anniversary will be celebrated across the state later this month with a variety of events, including the dedication of a new Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield adjacent to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion.

Governor Bruce Rauner will kick off the anniversary in Shorewood with his annual Route 66 Motorcycle Ride which culminates at the new Plaza where he will preside over the dedication and then host a BBQ for riders at the Mansion. Those interested may register at govsride.eventbrite.com.

Additional celebrations will take place in many other regions of the state – from Kaskaskia to Highland Park – to mark the occasion in 1818 when the state ratified its Constitution.

The full list of events and details can be found at www.illinois200.com. The list includes:
  • Governor’s Route 66 Motorcycle Ride – Shorewood to Springfield, IL. 
  • East St. Louis Heritage Festival in partnership with Ameren Illinois and City of East St. Louis- East St. Louis, IL 
  • Where Illinois Began Dedication in partnership with Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Chester, IL 
  • Bicentennial Plaza Dedication in partnership with the Illinois REALTORSÃ’ Association and City of Springfield– Springfield, IL 
  • Du Quoin State Fair Veteran’s Day Celebration in partnership with Illinois Department of Agriculture – Du Quoin, IL 
  • Addison Bicentennial Parade & Bash in partnership with the Village of Addison and the Medinah Shriners – Addison, IL 
  • Galena Constitution Day Celebration in partnership with Visit Galena and the Grant Home– Galena, IL 
  • Dixon Constitution Day Celebration – Dixon, IL 
  • Ravinia Concert featuring New Orleans musical tribute to Chicago Blues– Highland Park, IL 
State Representative David S. Olsen Honored for100% Pro-Environment Voting Record
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently published its 2018 legislative scorecard, and I am pleased to announce that I earned a perfect voting record award for my votes relative to the environment this year. During the spring session, lawmakers had several opportunities to vote in favor of bills that were supportive of our environment without having a negative impact on Illinois businesses. I was proud to support the bills on the IEC’s scorecard and consider it an honor to be recognized by them for my support of their initiatives. The IEC is the eyes, ears and voice of the state's environmental community, and there is no more important work we can do than to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the quality of the environment for our future generations. The IEC releases its scorecard in August of each year. Click here to view the full scorecard and the list of scored bills. 

Olsen Meets with Members of “WeWill” for Legislative Discussion
On August 10 I had an opportunity to meet with several women from “WeWill,” a non-profit that focuses on empowering women by encouraging them to become involved with the legislative process. We discussed many issues ranging from marijuana policy to home birth laws. I am shown in this photo with members of the group at the Fun Zone in Downers Grove. 

Governor Rauner Signs Olsen Bill that Expedites Consolidation Procedures
With more than 7,000 individual units of government in our state, supporting consolidation initiatives that save taxpayers money is a legislative priority for me. On August 10, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a piece of legislation I sponsored this year that simplifies and expedites consolidation procedures for certain layers of government. 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. Under the previous law, mosquito abatement districts could only be dissolved through a lengthy process of petition, hearing and referendum. There was no procedure for an abatement board to make a consolidation decision. SB 2543 is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0793.

Olsen Participates in Will County Farm Bureau Roundtable Discussion
It was pleasure recently to join members of the Will County Farm Bureau for a productive discussion of agricultural issues. A lot of good information was shared and we had a productive discussion of issues including the state budget and infrastructure. I am shown here with my colleagues State Representatives Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) and Nick Smith (D-Chicago). 

Olsen Legislation Increasing Transparency of School District Administration Costs Signed into Law
School district taxes comprise the largest portion of every property owner’s tax bill, so I was pleased last week when Governor Rauner signed my SB 3236, which requires the school report cards published annually by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to now include the most current data collected relative to a school district’s administrative costs. Current law requires ISBE to prepare by October 31 of each year a school district report card for each of the state’s public school districts. Data must include student and workforce demographics, financial and curriculum information and other data such as average class size, a breakdown of students’ racial and ethnic backgrounds, percentage of low-income, special education and limited English proficiency students, operating expenditures, per-pupil state pension contributions and various other data. Beginning with the October 2018 report cards, administrative costs will also be included.

Rep. Olsen Discusses Fair Redistricting with Naperville Rotarians
Earlier this month I had an opportunity to attend a meeting of the Naperville Downtown Rotary Club, where I discussed the current status of legislative redistricting in Illinois and efforts to bring fair maps to our State with an engaged group of Rotarians. I am shown in this picture with Naperville Downtown Rotary Immediate Past President Kevin McQuillan. I appreciated the invitation to speak to this wonderful group of involved citizens. 

Olsen Legislation that Adds Residency Requirement for Library Trustees Signed into Law
Earlier this year Lisle Library District Trustee Tom Hummel brought to my attention a loophole in Illinois that would allow library trustees to serve in areas other than where they live. Most elected positions include residency requirements and language that prohibits convicted felons or those who don’t pay their taxes from serving. I promptly filed HB 2222, which 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. Governor Rauner signed this bill into law on August 10. The provisions of the new law take effect beginning with candidates in the 2019 consolidated election.

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