Murphy’s Capitol Report: Prescription Drop Off Event & More

Free prescription disposal event in Pawnee Aug. 25.

I am partnering with the Pawnee Police Department to host a free prescription drug drop off event tomorrow, August 25. This event to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pawnee Police Department located at 801 Fifth Street in Pawnee. The event is outside and allows participants to remain in your vehicle during the collection of unwanted, unused or expired medications.  Read More Here.

Objecting to new rule threatening small businesses.

I fully support the wearing of face coverings to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but holding a business criminally liable for the individual actions of a customer goes too far. Businesses of all sizes are still struggling to make ends meet, and the overwhelming majority have been doing the right thing by requiring staff to wear face coverings and encouraging customers to do the same. Forcing them to be the ‘mask police’ and threatening them with a fine up to $2,500 is not only inappropriate, but it is once again an overreach by the Governor. This is exactly why the full legislature should be meeting and addressing these important policy issues.  Read More Here.

Why did you receive a vote by mail application?

During the special session of the General Assembly held in May, Senate Bill 1863 was passed and subsequently signed into law by Governor Pritzker on June 16, 2020, as Public Act 101-642.  

The new election law is only effective for the 2020 General Election and makes the following notable changes:

  • Requires all election authorities (County Clerks) to mail an application to vote by mail to everyone who voted or otherwise applied for a ballot in person or by mail in the 2018 General Election, 2019 Consolidated Election or 2020 Primary Election, as well as anyone who registered to vote or updated their address from March 18, 2020, to July 31, 2020;
  • Declares November 3, 2020, a state holiday for schools, public universities and government offices (except election authorities);
  • Creates the ability for election authorities to use “drop box” collection sites for postage free return of ballots;
  • Allows for curbside voting;
  • Allows for individuals 16 years of age or older to be elections judges under certain requirements.

If you receive an application to vote by mail, you ARE NOT REQUIRED to complete the application and return it to your election authority. All registered voters are still able to vote in person during early voting or on Election Day, November 3.  Read More Here.

Named ‘Outstanding Freshman of the Year’ for small biz advocacy.

As part of their biennial Champion of Free Enterprise awards, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce named me the Outstanding Freshman of the Year. I am very proud and humbled to receive this recognition. My time in small business taught me how important economic opportunity is for the success of our communities. I witnessed how a job or career opportunity could not only change a life but also stimulate the healthy tax base needed to provide valuable services through schools and local governments. This is the mentality I’ve tried to bring to the Illinois House of Representatives and I look forward to continuing this work to the improvement of our state.  Read More Here.

Expired driver’s lic., vehicle registration extended to Nov. 1.

The Illinois Secretary of State has extended all driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration, restricted driving permits and monitoring device driving permits that are currently expired or set to expire by Sept. 30 until Nov. 1, 2020.  Read More Here.

Resolution to remove Madigan.

I am sponsoring House Resolution 885, which expresses no confidence in Speaker Madigan and would remove him from the position of Speaker. The federal charges outlined in the ComEd prosecution agreement show a disturbing bribery scheme set up to benefit him. The Speaker can no longer brush aside the facts as he has been allowed to do in the past. Since he has still refused to resign, the Governor needs to use his authority to call a special session so the House can take action to remove Speaker Madigan and finally take up the corruption reform legislation that he has repeatedly managed to sideline.  Read More Here.

Petition: end the silence on Illinois corruption.

The stain of corruption plaguing Illinois must end. Governor Pritzker must convene a special session on ethics reform. Illinois House Republicans have proposed a package of ethics reforms. End the silence on Illinois corruption.  Sign the petition and demand that Governor Pritzker call a special session so Illinoisans can have real ethics reforms. Click here to sign.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you read, please feel free to contact me at anytime.