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This just goes to show you that if you take a stand, you can make a difference. Congratulations Illinois Voices!
WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
The 2013 Illinois Legislative Session ended this past Friday, and we are happy to report that Illinois Voices and its supporters made a huge difference this year. Nearly every bill that was proposed that would have negatively impacted sex offenders was defeated. Even the few bills that did make it through were amended to soften their impact.
One huge victory for this year was the stalling of two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that attempted to make Illinois compliant with the federal Adam Walsh Act. Neither bill made it out of committee, thanks to the efforts of Illinois Voices and several other organizations.
Another win was the stalling of a bill that would have required community service for individuals who could not afford the $100 annual registration fee. Representative Nekritz, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, contacted Illinois Voices for input on this bill, and she was quite supportive of the ideas we offered. We plan to push for legislation next year that will keep people from being denied registration if they cannot afford the $100 fee.
A number of other bills either died in committee, or were positively amended before they were passed. What is very clear is that Illinois Legislators were swayed by both the critical information Illinois Voices provided them, and by the huge amount of opposition they received through witness slips. Bills that would have glided through the House and Senate unopposed in the past were debated, discussed, and in many cases, died in committee.
We are working on our latest Newsletter which will contain much more about what happened this year in Springfield. In the mean time, please continue to support Illinois Voices with your generous donation of time and money. Even though this session is over, we are already preparing for the Fall Veto Session and for next year's legislative session. We all must remain vigilant!
As always, thank you for your continued support.