Springfield….As the regularly scheduled spring legislative session came to a close, State Rep. Terri Bryant (R – Murphysboro) supported action in the Illinois House in support of equal pay for equal work.
First, Bryant voted to support an amended version of HB 3619. Bryant voted Yes to concur with changes made to the bill in the Illinois Senate. Bryant says the changes lowered the fines for first-time offenses to reduce the burden on the smallest of small businesses.
“Often, the process involved in drafting good legislation takes time and compromise,” Bryant said. “The original fines for businesses with 3 or fewer employees were far too high. When we work together to reach compromise in Springfield, we get better results. I thank the sponsor for being open to changes and removing the opposition of small business associations.”
Bryant had argued that high first time fines proposed in the original bill were likely to drive more businesses, jobs, and population from the state. That type of outward migration is something Bryant says Illinois cannot afford.
“The business climate in Illinois is already very difficult and laden with regulation. Illinois can’t afford to lose any more jobs. I want to commend the sponsor of this legislation for being open to making a pro-business change that allowed us all to vote to support equal pay for equal work,” Bryant said.”
Adding to her long record of support for equal pay legislation, Bryant also signed on as a chief sponsor and voted Yes for House Resolution 442.
“HR 442 plainly states that we strongly support workplace equity and equality under the law covering pay and benefits for employees as established by the Equal Pay Act of 1963,” Bryant said. “I’m proud to sponsor this Resolution and look forward to continuing to advocate and support equal pay efforts.”