Murphy spearheads COVID-19 reduction extension bundle

To be certain Illinoisans practical experience no hole in assist all through the continued COVID-19

To be certain Illinoisans practical experience no hole in assist all through the continued COVID-19 crisis, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is sponsoring a monthly bill to prolong a selection of condition pandemic relief provisions set in place by the Basic Assembly last Might.

“With the vaccine distribution course of action now underway, there is a light at the conclusion of the tunnel – but the pandemic is by no signifies guiding us, and numerous Illinoisans are nevertheless struggling,” Murphy said. “This bill permits Illinoisans to go on to count on the reduction actions now in position for as prolonged as they are required.”

The monthly bill makes it possible for the secretary of state to delay expiration dates on driver’s licenses and other permits, and provides the Illinois State Police the authority to hold FOID and CCL cards active and valid for the duration of the renewal procedure. Beneath the legislation, minors under age 16 can also use for and be issued work permits by using a remote software course of action.

Also, the monthly bill has a provision to ensure condition governing administration stays operating through moments of unexpected emergency by enabling the General Assembly, the Joint Committee on Administrative Principles, the Fee on Governing administration Forecasting and Accountability and the Legislative Audit Commission to convene remotely all through a pandemic or menace of assault.

The bill also extends procedure of the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission, a bipartisan, bicameral fee designed past Could to monitor and assistance condition the state’s financial recovery ideas just after the COVID-19 crisis.

“The fee has built sizeable development in ensuring the public has obtain to point out financial relief programs,” reported Murphy, the Senate co-chair of the fee. “Around the future couple of months and months, I seem ahead to operating with the govt department to make guaranteed the individuals of Illinois are read when decisions are staying created.”

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The invoice also appears to be like ahead to everyday living after COVID-19. To ensure Illinoisans are well prepared to reenter the put up-pandemic workforce, the laws makes a 27-member activity drive to establish and assess the foreseeable future of employment in mild of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to propose courses and supports to aid employees adapt to predicted improvements in the work industry.

Other provisions quickly increase residence tax exemptions for folks with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and more mature grownups give regional governments more time to complete grant projects and lengthen the deadline for local governments to submit pandemic-related expenditures for reimbursement under the Local Treatment method.

Home Bill 3469 passed the Senate and now heads to the Dwelling.