Bryant E News March 9 2019

Dear Friend,

This week I was privileged to carry forward legislation that supports efforts to assist students with epilepsy. You may or may not be aware that March 6 is National Epilepsy Advocacy Day. It was my honor on Wednesday to present HB 1475 to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. The bill requires the parent or guardian of a student with epilepsy seeking assistance with epilepsy-related care in a school setting to submit a seizure action plan with the student’s school.

WSIL TV did a fantastic story on this legislation on Friday night’s news programs. You can click this link to watch the segment!

The bill also requires that a delegated care aide perform the activities and tasks necessary to assist a student with epilepsy in accordance with the student’s seizure action plan.

My husband Rick is an epileptic, and I am proud to have been a long-time advocate for epilepsy awareness. I am also sponsoring House Resolution 128 that declares March 6 as Epilepsy Advocacy Day for the State of Illinois.

I was joined at the Committee hearing on HB 1475 by Jefferson County resident Richard Stubblefield. Richard and Carolyn Stubblefield’s daughter Sarah passed away at too early of an age due to complications from a seizure caused by the condition. Mr. and Mrs. Stubblefield have joined lobbying efforts on Epilepsy Advocacy Day in Springfield for several years.

I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Stubblefield for coming up to Springfield to advocate for such a worthy cause. I know that Richard and Carolyn carry this banner very close to their hearts and I appreciate their passion and their support for this effort.

Press Release: Bryant Legislation Requires Plan of Action for Students with Epilepsy

Springfield…State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) won unanimous support on Wednesday of this week from members of the Illinois House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee for legislation that seeks to create the “Seizure Smart School Act”.

“March 6 is Epilepsy Advocacy Day in the United States,” Bryant said. “What better way to acknowledge and educate the citizens of Illinois on Epilepsy Advocacy Day than to push forward the Seizure Smart School Act? I want to thank my colleagues for recognizing the need for schools and parents to have a plan in place for students that suffer epileptic seizures during school or during extracurricular activities.”

HB 1475 requires the parent or guardian of a student with epilepsy seeking assistance with epilepsy-related care in a school setting to submit a seizure action plan with the student’s school. The bill also requires that a delegated care aide perform the activities and tasks necessary to assist a student with epilepsy in accordance with the student’s seizure action plan.

Bryant’s husband Rick is an epileptic, and Bryant herself has been a long-time advocate for epilepsy awareness. She is even sponsoring House Resolution 128 that declares March 6 as Epilepsy Advocacy Day for the State of Illinois.

Rep. Bryant was joined at the Committee hearing on HB 1475 by Jefferson County resident Richard Stubblefield. Richard and Carolyn Stubblefield’s daughter Sarah passed away at too early of an age due to complications from a seizure caused by the condition. Mr. and Mrs. Stubblefield have joined lobbying efforts on Epilepsy Advocacy Day in Springfield for several years.

“I want to thank Mr. Stubblefield for coming up to Springfield to advocate for such a worthy cause,” Bryant said. “I know that Richard and Carolyn carry this banner very close to their hearts and I appreciate their passion and their support for this effort.”

Having received unanimous support, the measure now moves to the full Illinois House for consideration.                                                                  
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 HB 3373 – The Blue Collar Jobs Act – I have now signed on as a co-sponsor to HB 3373, the so-called Blue Collar Jobs Act. I was a Chief Sponsor of the “Blue Collar Jobs” Act (HB 5864) in the House during the last legislative Session. The Blue Collar Jobs Act is supported by both labor and business groups and offers tax incentives to companies making large investments in Illinois based on hiring construction workers. The labor-management group representing the International Union of Operating Engineers has endorsed the plan.

Resolution Opposing Governor Pritzker’s Progressive Income Tax Hike

HR 153 – Last week, I signed on to sponsor HR 153. This measure states direct and total opposition to the Governor’s plan to raise taxes on the middle class by instituting a “Progressive” or “Graduated” income tax. Governor Pritzker held a press conference his week to talk about what he would like to see in a “fair tax” situation. Some folks refer to it as the “fair” tax…but, the last time a State Representative introduced legislation to provide for a graduated income tax, the tax increases began for individuals making as low as $17,000 per year. There is NOTHING “fair” about a proposal to hike taxes on everyone from the lowest earners to the highest! I will continue to oppose any efforts to raise taxes – we need more taxpayers, not more tax hikes!

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Rend Lake
The polar plunge is southern Illinois law enforcement’s Torch Run fundraiser to assist Special Olympics of Southern Illinois. Nearly 300 Southern Illinoisans braved the bitter cold air (and water) to take the plunge to aid the Torch Run. The Torch Run is an event that takes place at several Illinois lakes, with the eventual torch reaching the cauldron at the Special Olympics opening ceremony. The Saturday event was a total success, raising $33,000! Thank you to our law enforcement community for their volunteer spirit.
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