Legislators in Springfield need to contacted by you on this impactful legislation.
Gender Inclusive Child Welfare Statute: HB 4626 amends various child welfare and juvenile court statutes to reflect more inclusive language in laws relating to children and families. The Illinois Auditor General estimated that Illinois has hundreds of LGBTQ youth in care. Adopting gender-inclusive language promotes equality and respect for all individuals.
Removing Felony Bar for Individuals Seeking a Name Change: HB 2542 brings our state’s overly-restrictive name change law, in line with the majority of other states and helps those who are transgender, gender-expansive people and survivors of human trafficking live safer and more authentic lives by removing the ten-year waiting period and the lifetime ban.
Reducing Barriers to Recovery: HB 3447 implements a proven public health approach, eliminating the failed policies of the “War on Drugs.” The bill reclassifies the penalty for small-scale possession of all drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, and connects people who need treatment with services in their communities instead of punishment.
The Bad Apples in Law Enforcement Accountability Act: HB 1727 removes blanket “qualified immunity,” the unfair and unnecessary legal barrier that often blocks courts from holding police officers accountable when they violate a person’s constitutional rights.
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