First off, I want to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone that took the time to email, private message, call, and yes, even send handwritten letters to my office, regarding HB 4117, the so-called ‘bump stock’ ban.
As a long-time gun owner and staunch Second Amendment supporter, I will always fight against egregious attempts to infringe on gun owners’ rights.
Unfortunately, every day that the legislature is in session in Illinois, law abiding gun owners must be on alert and ready to protect their constitutionally guaranteed rights. HB 4117 is a bill that was sold as a response to the recent horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.
In reality, the bill would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners and threaten the very existence of the Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Southern Illinois.
The Sparta Shooting Complex hosts multiple shooting contests throughout the year. These events draw thousands of visitors to our region. The economic impact of the Sparta Shooting Complex is estimated to be $24 million per year for Southern Illinois. Competitive marksmen often make modifications to their weapons to increase firing speeds and boost accuracy. HB 4117 would have outlawed many of these modifications in Illinois.
I spoke against the bill during debate on the House floor. You can watch my remarks by clicking the link to my YouTube video below.
As I noted in my remarks, I am also opposed to this bill because it would infringe on the ability of disabled individuals to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. It should go without saying that turning thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Illinois into criminals is not good public policy. I am proud to have stood against this overreaching gun-grab and I am glad that it was defeated. The bill failed after earning only 48 votes.
WXAN Radio interview
I joined Will Stephens of WXAN Radio for a wide ranging discussion following the conclusion of the first week of Veto Session. We talked about gun legislation, debt transparency, unfunded mandates, right-to-work, and more.
Addressing Identity Theft – Removing the Fee to Freeze/Unfreeze Credit Reports
In response to the recently announced data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, the House took up HB 4095 that prohibits credit reporting agencies from charging consumers a fee for placing a freeze on their credit reports.
Freezing your credit report is sometimes a smart move, especially if you fear that your identity has been compromised. A credit report freeze will stop banks and other creditors from issuing a line of credit or approving a loan of any kind to someone that isn’t you. The United States’ Federal Trade Commission has a wealth of valuable information you can access to learn more about what credit freezes can do to help protect your financial viability.
HB 4095 would also prohibit credit agencies from charging a fee to consumers to unfreeze their reports if they want to obtain a loan or conduct some other financial transaction that requires access to the reports. I voted Yes and strongly support this measure.
The bill cleared the House with unanimous support and now moves to the Senate.
During floor action on Wednesday, the House voted to override Governor Rauner’s veto of HB 3649. The bill addresses the issues of state debt and transparency. The measure requires state agencies to inform the Comptroller of the bills that they hold that have not yet been transmitted to the Comptroller’s office for payment.
Reasons for delays in forwarding bills to the Comptroller vary from agency to agency, but the result of these delays is that we never truly know just how much money the state owes in unpaid bills.
The purpose of HB 3649 is to gain a more complete understanding of just how much money the State of Illinois owes to vendors, contractors, and service providers at any given time.
As we move forward into the next legislative session, it will be necessary for the General Assembly, the Governor, and all Constitutional officers and state agencies to know exactly how much we owe in unpaid bills and how much debt is waiting at the state agencies in order to craft a responsible and balanced budget.
The Governor’s veto was unanimously overridden by a 112-0 vote. The override motion is likely to be considered by the Senate during the second week of veto session which happens Tuesday November 7th through Thursday November 9th.
IDES Veterans Job Fair comes to Mt. Vernon
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that it will host a job fair for veterans on Thursday, November 2nd in Mt. Vernon.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with individuals that are looking for a job. It is also a great opportunity for veterans to connect with employers that have job openings. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please find details listed below.
What: Veterans Job Fair
When: Thursday, November 2nd – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Rolland Lewis Community Building – 800 Block of South 27th Street
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com – Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!