State Rep Mayfield to Host Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety

02/22/2011

Mayfield to Host Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety
Legislator to seek input on gun control and victims' rights policy

Waukegan, IL - State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) will partner with Mothers on a Mission to Stop Violence (MOMSV) for a town hall meeting to address violence, victims' rights and a new gun control proposals under consideration in the legislature. The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Waukegan Public Library located at 128 N. County Street.

"Our goal is to create a system where people feel safe, comfortable and aware of their full rights," Mayfield said. "Communication between law enforcement, crime victims and witnesses is very important and I want to improve the effectiveness of the information being exchanged and make sure that people know they have certain protections under the law."

To clarify the rights of crime victims and witnesses, Mayfield introduced House Bill 1237. Her measure will streamline communication between law enforcement agencies, victims and witnesses, calling for specialized training for police officers to ensure victims are informed of their rights at initial contact. The town hall meeting will begin a dialogue that will help shape her legislation, inform victims and witnesses of their rights and find ways to improve the ways that law enforcement interacts with residents affected by crime. Mayfield will also seek residents' input on recent gun control legislation, including a proposal to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms in public places.

"Any public safety issue will be high on my priority list, and it is important for me to hear feedback from constituents so I can represent the best interest of our community," Mayfield said. "I urge everyone in community, no matter which side of the issue they are on to come share their thoughts with me."

For more information on Mayfield's town hall meeting or to RSVP, please contact Mayfield's full-time constituent service office at (847) 599-2800.


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