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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would increase the availability of baby changing facilities in public buildings passed the Senate today.

State Senator Ram Villivalam is the chief sponsor of this initiative.

“Our state should welcome and support all parents, guardians, and caretakers,” Villivalam (D-Skokie) said. “This legislation removes an unnecessary barrier to child care by ensuring that all those who are raising children, regardless of gender identity, have access to a baby changing station in public places.”

HB 3711 would ensure that all public restrooms in buildings that are readily accessible to the public have baby changing stations that are physically safe, sanitary, and usable. Currently, many men’s rooms or single occupancy bathrooms lack changing stations. In addition, signage outside the entrance to restrooms where the baby changing station is located would be required.

This legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

 

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to lower fees for teenagers who seek a duplicate copy of their state issued ID passed the Senate Transportation Committee yesterday.
State Senator Ram Villivalam is the sponsor of this initiative.

“For safety purposes, it is important for young people to have a form of identification on them at all times,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “It’s my hope that with this fee reduction it will encourage more of them to obtain their ID card and ensure all have access, regardless of socioeconomic status.”

HB 808 reduces the fee for original, renewal and duplicated Illinois ID cards for teenagers to $5 from $10.

This legislation will be heard before the Senate in the coming weeks.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ram Villivalam introduced legislation yesterday that would ensure state contractors will receive payments for their work in a timely manner.

“With this legislation we’re trying to make the payment process as seamless and transparent as possible,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “By taking advantage of an electronic payment system and implementing a database of those contractors who are owed money from the state we will be able to meet those aspirations.”

Senate Bill 104 would require that subcontractors be paid within seven business days after the prime contractor receives payment, as the overwhelming majority of prime contractors receive electronic payments from the state, reducing the need for time when the subcontractors are waiting to be paid their share for work already performed.

Further, IDOT would be required to publish on its website a searchable database containing the names of subcontractors or what is owed to subcontractors for each pay period, ensuring transparency and accessibility in the payment process.

This legislation now moves to the House for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate approved a tax reform package on Wednesday that would at long last ensure that those who are wealthiest are paying their fair share.

State Senator Ram Villivalam issued the following statement:

"The premise of creating a fair tax is simple: millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share while we work to provide some tax relief for working families and ensure economic stability,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. "Right now, our government taxes the income of all Illinoisans at the same level, whether you're making $40,000 a year or $40 million a year. We are one of only nine states that still stands by this unfair and fiscally irresponsible policy. This vote is the first step toward taxing residents more fairly and righting our fiscal ship."

The package of legislation will now be heard before the House of Representatives.

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