Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) received unanimous support from the Illinois House for the third time this week for legislation she sponsored. On Friday, Bryant passed HB 3721, a bill designed to help National Guard members keep their jobs. Bryant, whose district shares a border with the state of Missouri, explained the need for the measure.
|Rep. Bryant explains HB 3721 – a bill designed to
help protect the jobs of National Guard members when
they are called up to serve in active duty in another state.
“When a member of the National Guard is called to duty by their own state’s Governor or by the Governor of a neighboring state, this bill would allow them to categorize their work as military service,” Bryant said. “The addition of a ‘military service’ definition to their work in another state affords members of the National Guard protection that their job will be held for them upon a call up to duty in another state.”
Bryant said that while the change may seem small, it is quite significant for the men and women of Illinois serving in the National Guard.
“This is a good bill for the members of the National Guard in Illinois that live close to the border of another state. These folks risk their lives to save everyday people from dangerous situations, to clean up after disasters, to keep towns from flooding, and the list goes on. Their work in Illinois and in neighboring states should be considered military service so they can be afforded the same protections as other members of the military that enter into active duty,” Bryant said.
After receiving unanimous support in the Illinois House, the bill now moves to the Senate. To contact Rep. Bryant, please visit www.repbryant.com and follow the Contact link. You may also call her district office at (618) 242-8115 or email her at Bryant@ILHouseGop.org.