The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir Singing the National
Anthem at the 2019 Illinois Inaugural Ceremony
While last week marked the start of the 101st General Assembly, this past Monday saw all six Constitutional officers for the State of Illinois sworn into office. All six Constitutional officers are Democrats. That includes: Illinois’ Comptroller, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor. Democrats also hold super-majorities (veto proof) in both the Illinois House and Senate. The road may indeed be very long for members of the minority party for the next two years. Before I get into policy, I just want to take a moment to recognize the Southern Illinois Children’s Choir for performing the Star Spangled Banner at the Inauguration Ceremony.
Action taken this week by Governor Pritzker signals that Illinois politics will be make a sharp turn to the left on several areas of policy. During his inaugural address, Governor Pritzker highlighted the following issues: man-made climate change, gun-control, universal healthcare, and a progressive income tax hike. If we were at a liberal restaurant folks, those items above would be on special year round.
I am not of the opinion that my job is to act counter to everything Governor Pritzker wants to do. In fact, he has signaled willingness to work together to solve some major problems we are facing. He has talked about the need for an infrastructure bill, which I think is absolutely necessary. Our motorists and farmers drive on some seriously deteriorating roads and bridges. The state of our local communities’ public water delivery systems are also in major flux across the state. We saw just last year how vital water delivery systems are when Rend Lake Conservancy District’s water service was halted due to emergency repairs.
We must also revamp I-57 south of Effingham all the way to Marion to make sure we have a safe, 3-lane highway where trucks and cars can travel together safely. I’m going to be working closely with the new Governor to help him understand just how much help we need in Southern Illinois.
I would hope that he can possibly be more moderate on some of his proposals on the issues I mentioned above. Illinois needs more businesses and more jobs. More environmental regulations and higher taxes won’t stem the tide of people and businesses leaving the state. Illinois is already the brokest state in the nation. Adding massive new government programs won’t lead us to prosperity.
This week I sat down with WXAN Radio’s Will Stephens to talk about the inauguration, the change in power to Democrat control, and the way forward for Republicans and for the State of Illinois.
That leads me to the topic I’m about to share with you – gun control. This week’s e-news features a press release I sent out this week in response to one of Governor Pritzker’s first actions as Governor; signing legislation that will place more regulations on law-abiding gun owners. Folks, I believe firmly that my job is to stand up for our Rights as Americans. This week’s action goes way too far. I hope you will continue reading below and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about this week’s e-news! Thank you for reading!
Press Release – Bryant Reacts to Pritzker Signing Gun Dealer Licensing BillXXMurphysboro….On Thursday, just a few short days into his term as Governor, JB Pritzker signed legislation that will once again expand government bureaucracy while eroding 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. According to State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), who cast several No votes against what was known as the ‘gun-dealer licensing bill’ during the previous General Assembly. Bryant says Pritzker is sticking close to his history on guns, whether Illinoisans favor the move or not.
“The Governor has previously run for office on some pretty radical ideas when it comes to 2ndAmendment protections,” Bryant said. “As an unsuccessful candidate for Congress, Governor Pritzker floated the idea of an all out ban on handguns. His ideas on guns do not align with mine or the vast majority of Southern Illinoisans. They certainly don’t jibe well with what is supposed to be a guaranteed Constitutional right to bear arms.”
Once it takes effect, SB 337 will now create new licensing costs and regulations for small, independent gun dealerships. Bryant says the bill is probably the most notorious piece of legislation among gun owners and Second Amendment supporters in Illinois, drawing more than 4,000 opponents on the record when presented to the House Judiciary Committee.
“The new law creates a new fee and additional licensing regulations for businesses that do the majority of their business selling guns and ammunition,” Bryant said. “This law will require gun dealers to have a state license for the owner, a state license for the dealer, and possibly a local license in addition to the federal license that is already required. The bill also allows for local governments to impose additional requirements on gun dealers. It is really an over-reach and a doubling of regulations on small businesses and law-abiding people.”
Bryant is warning her constituents to be aware that more gun regulations are likely coming, as control of State government has shifted to total Democrat control.
“When Illinois Democrats say things like ‘common-sense’ gun regulation, you can bet that means higher costs and more regulations for law-abiding citizens,” Bryant said. “Folks that don’t own guns or know our culture and history in Southern Illinois fail to appreciate the traditions that we share with generations of our families. We teach our kids how to hunt and how to responsibly own and use firearms. When it comes to these Chicago-led gun grabs, I’m going to stand up for my district and vote to protect our Second Amendment rights each and every time.”
Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force
Have you heard of the four-lane highway coalition? If not, those folks in Southwest Illinois should really take a look at my press release on the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force. I am pleased to announce that I have been named to this important task force to study a possible four-lane highway from Carbondale to St. Louis. I would love to know your thoughts!
Read the press release, study the task force language at the link and then leave your feedback with me at http://www.ilhousegop.org/contactbryant
Check out my blog post on this very important issue by following the link below:
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