033122HAO00332.JPG1SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy supported a measure Monday that protects the fundamental right in Illinois for people to make their own health care choices, and provide privacy and protections for individuals who seek reproductive health care in Illinois.

“Everyone deserves to have access to safe and legal reproductive health care,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “We must preserve the right of women and the professionals who perform these services.”

Through House Bill 4664 many avenues of protecting choice are enshrined, including in vitro fertilization, creating grants to provide abortion training, clarifying advance practice nurses can perform abortions, and more.

Illinois residents and health care providers will not be penalized for providing or utilizing care that is illegal in other states but legal in Illinois.

“This blanket protection for reproductive health care ensures that Illinois remains a step ahead of states trying to outlaw such care,” said Murphy. “Women have the fundamental right to make their own health care decisions, and should not be punished due to restrictive, overarching laws.”

House Bill 4664 passed the Senate Monday and will head to the House for further consideration.

murphymicgoldappeleteSPRINGFIELD – Just six months after a gunman opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in nearby Highland Park – killing seven and injuring dozens more – State Senator Laura Murphy voted in support of banning assault weapons in Illinois.

“I have always supported commonsense gun laws aimed at keeping dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “By banning the future sale of assault weapons, Illinois takes a step forward in preventing further gun-related violence which threatens our most fundamental human right, the right to life.”

In response to the Highland Park shooting and other mass shootings across the nation, Murphy supported Senate Bill 5471. The measure bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from being sold in Illinois.
The 4th of July shooting punctuated a six-week period in which mass shooters using semi-automatic weapons killed more than 40 people in Buffalo, Uvalde, Texas, Tulsa and Highland Park combined.

Studies show that approximately one-third of public mass shooting events include the use of an assault weapon, and nearly 40% involve a high-capacity magazine. When an assault weapon and/or a high-capacity magazine is used in a public mass shooting, nearly 14 times as many people are injured, and twice as many people are killed. Not only are there more injuries when assault weapons are used, but the types of injuries are far worse.

“We know that no amount of regulation can ensure we prevent these senseless killings, but each time we limit the ability for a dangerous person to access a firearm, we potentially save a life,” said Murphy. “In addition, the measure protects the rights of every law-abiding gun owner.”

House Bill 5471passed the Senate Monday and will head to the House for further consideration.

010523CM0129SPRINGFIELD – Thanks to a measure from State Senator Laura Murphy local governments and municipalities have better tools to hold utility companies accountable for payments.

“Utility companies already collect this tax on behalf of municipalities—it’s just a question of whether the money gets where it’s supposed to go,” Murphy said. “This legislation would ensure local governments can depend on utility companies to hold up their end of the bargain.”

The legislation will hold utility companies accountable for gathering accurate sales data, reporting that data to municipalities, and giving municipalities the tax dollars they are owed. It also establishes a process by which municipalities can request tax information to perform an audit and settle disagreements regarding the amount of taxes owed.

The amount a municipality receives in utility tax dollars depends on the municipality's local charges and the amount in utilities used by customers within those municipalities. Under current law, if municipalities do not receive the funds they believe they are owed, the burden rests on the municipality to hire an auditor and determine the correct amount.

“Local governments shouldn’t have to spend years in court and pay thousands in legal fees to make sure utility companies pay up,” Murphy said. “Especially after the economic hardships of the past years, we have to make sure our communities receive the dollars they’re owed.”

Senate Bill 1794 passed both chambers with bipartisan support and awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law.

112922CM0086SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy announces the agreement between stakeholders including law enforcement, states attorneys and other advocates has led to the passing of a measure that clarifies the Pretrial Fairness Act portions of the SAFE-T Act and ensures smooth implementation of the law.

“After listening to public comments, and hearing from police, sheriffs and states attorneys concerning the Pretrial Fairness Act, it became clear that some clarifications of the Pretrial Fairness portion of the SAFE-T Act were needed,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “The intent of the original SAFE-T act was good, but there were concerns about misinformation and about its implementation.”

House Bill 1095 provides clarification to common misconceptions spread about the Pretrial Fairness Act portions of the SAFE-T Act since its passing in January 2021. Many Illinoisans were left confused as to what the law truly does following smear campaigns on social media and in the headlines of fake newspapers.

The measure explains that judges can issue warrants and summons, provides a reminder that any person who poses a threat to the community or someone else – including trespassers – can be arrested and removed, and clarifies court authority when it comes to electronic monitoring, among other items.

“Countless hours have been spent speaking with law enforcement about what changes needed to be made,” said Murphy. “I am pleased we were able to collaborate with law enforcement to ensure smooth implementation.”

The measure is a collaborative effort alongside law enforcement, states attorneys, Coalition to End Money Bond, ACLU of Illinois, the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, CAASE, and more.

House Bill 1095 passed the Illinois Senate and awaits further consideration in the Illinois House.

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