MAYFIELD REFLECTS ON MAJORISSUES RAISED DURING SPRINGLEGISLATIVE SESSION

06/12/2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - On Friday, state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, completed her fourth spring legislative session in the Illinois House of Representatives and reflected on the measures she helped pass to push state back on the right track.

"Throughout this session, we worked on challenging and difficult issues such as public safety, healthcare availability, and the education system," Mayfield said. "Yet, by working together we made decisions with the best interest of the state's residents in mind."
Mayfield sponsored House Bill 5701, which states that an employer may not ask or require an applicant to disclose a criminal record or criminal history until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified that the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer or until after an offer of employment is made to the applicant.

"By allowing applicants to undergo the interview process without being judged as unfit for employment because of their background, we will help individuals get back to work, pursue a higher education, and become the responsible residents that our state thrives on," Mayfield said. "I believe this legislation will improve the lives of many residents and give them the opportunities they were previously unable to strive for."

Mayfield co-sponsored House Bill 8 which ensures that expectant mothers are treated fairly by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for expectant mothers. This bill will allow women to continue to do their jobs while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. House Bill 8 has passed the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

To make our schools safer, Mayfield voted in favor of Senate Bill 1625 which requires school districts to conduct emergency drills to better prepare students, staff and law enforcement officials in the event of a school shooting. Current school evacuation drills are only based on situations involving hazardous material and bomb threats. This legislation will aid school staff and students in the event that there is a shooting, which have unfortunately become more common in recent years. This legislation is now law.

To better help our communities create jobs and encourage economic growth, Mayfield supported House Bill 5819 to combine the efforts of economic development experts, local officials and local residents in seeking input from job-creating businesses and developing a comprehensive plan to bring more jobs to our area. House Bill 5819 passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.
"I pledge to keep fighting for our most vulnerable and needy residents," Mayfield said. "In the coming weeks, I plan on meeting with constituents to solicit their input on progress lawmakers have made this session and the challenges we still face."


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